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After You Apply - Understanding and Comparing Awards

There are a number of resources to help families understand their financial aid awards. The problem is that those award letters are not standardized and can differ from school to school. Here are some tools to help you decipher what is offered and how to compare the financial aid packages. Please remember that your greatest resource is the college's Financial Aid Office. Parents should never hesitate to call and get questions answered. Dealing with the Financial Aid Office is the one time it is acceptable for the parents to call. Any other communication should be between the student and the school.

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