As you weigh your college decision options, we know many of you are comparing multiple financial aid award letters.  Unfortunately, this process can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Many colleges and universities have their unique award letter structure and communicate eligibility for financial assistance in various ways.  The good news is we have experts that can help you navigate this process effectively.  

We spoke to Melissa Smurdon, Director of Financial Aid at Butler University.  During our discussion, Melissa reviewed:  

  • The various types and sources of financial aid you might see on award letters 
  • A process for ensuring you are making apples-to-apples award letter comparisons
  • Things to consider if you are submitting a financial aid appeal 
  • Strategies for working with the financial aid office

 

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