7 Ways Your Student Can Help Increase Family’s Eligibility for Financial Aid to Avoid Debt

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A parent might be wondering how their high school kid can get involved in the college fundraising process, so here’s a full list of seven:

    1. Excel academically If your student is a senior, it may be too late to make huge academic progress. However, it is important to consider that most schools like to see progress being made. So if your student can turn a few of these B’s into A’s and give challenging lessons, schools will recognize it. The admissions office will have little information about you and they all have different admission policies. It is important to research many schools and compare the pros and cons of each. Which brings us to the next tip …
    1. Help research schools We generally recommend that students enroll in no less than 8-10 schools. There are literally thousands of four-year schools in the United States, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. It is a good idea to visit the schools you are considering if finances allow, the campus often plays a role in the selection process. Students can contribute to all of this research by writing one-page reports on each school you look at.
    1. Apply for scholarships We constantly tell parents that scholarships can be a tricky part of the process. First, there are many types of scholarships. The best are usually offered by the government or the school. However, your student should devote time to active research and to apply for private scholarships. Don’t rely on this money to cover a significant portion of your costs. Treat this money as the icing on the cake.
    1. Keep a CV As soon as possible, ask your child to keep a growing resume. They should list the accomplishments and extracurricular activities. Some schools pursue very well-rounded students with diverse curiosities, but simply require many to seek out students who are specialists in a particular field.
    1. Consider a transfer plan Many students decide to attend national or community colleges for two years and transfer to a larger school later. There are a number of ways that this can backfire on you, but we’ll cover them in another article. Either way, it always depends on your specific situation.
    1. Consider the military Giving a few years to the defense (or attack) of our country can be rewarding and profitable for many students. Many of those who enlist can be paid for their graduate studies. Speak to a recruiter in your area to find out how the military can subsidize the cost of education. Obviously, this route is not for everyone, but it is an option to consider.
  1. Call on an assistance program Some FAOs could be influenced by personal calls from students. This is a move of last resort that you should only be forced to withdraw if there hasn’t been proper planning from the start. Many families find it highly cost-effective to see a specialist who can plan their college finances in a way that allows them to pursue life goals afterwards, such as vacations and retirement.

Source by Justus Daniel Eapen

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