If you need more financial aid look to colleges first. Along with sending in your FAFSA, look at financial aid options offered from your college/university. If you are a strong candidate to a private college/university, there will be scholarship money available. Tuition at a private college/university is like a sticker price on a car, it is negotiable.
Private schools recruit students who will contribute positively to the student body. Each year these institutions market their college to students by capturing their interests. To do this effectively, private colleges maintain a lively atmosphere overflowing with activities, opportunity, and a diverse student body with a wide range of interests, talents, and intellectual pursuits.
Private schools look less at the depth of your wallet, and more at academic strengths, talent, and future involvement on campus. If you are an asset to the student community, private institutions will offer a lot of financial incentives to go to their school.
There are few students who can pay full tuition, and do not need as much, or any financial aid. These students are able to pay the bill, but they are not the students that private colleges focus on recruiting. Private schools are looking to diversify their student body, therefore they have financial aid ready for students who need help.
If you have a good GPA, credible ACT/SAT scores, and the right combination of interests you can go to a private school instead of a state school for the same price or less. Capitalize on how you will contribute to the student body when you apply to a private school. If you are a good candidate, the school will make sure to give you the financial support you need. The key to obtaining a great education at a good price is to find the school that is looking for you. When they find you, there will be scholarships with your name on it.
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