When we, or our children, are applying to college, our thoughts usually turn to the thousands of dollars that an undergraduate education will cost. Add the cost of a Graduate degree to the cost of a Bachelor’s and we could be talking about half a million dollars!!!
With that in mind, we all would like to save a few dollars when possible, right? But you’re thinking… “My child has average grades. He just did ok on his ACT and SAT. She didn’t take many AP courses this year.”
It’s still possible to get Merit Scholarships (that have nothing to do with financial need)!!! And the best time to look is before you or your child even applies to college! Yes, that is correct! You will not qualify for merit scholarships if you do not apply to the schools that are offering them. So then what???
People always ask me if they should apply for financial aid when sending their children to school. My answer is always a resounding YES!!!
Some people will argue and say “But we earn too much money! Our family won’t get any aid.” That may be true. Maybe your family does earn “too much” money and your family will not qualify for Need based aid. But what about Merit based aid???