College Financial Aid Advice

Here are a few subjects you might want to talk about with your college financial aid advisor

Most college financial aid offices employ advisors who understand the subject of student finance inside and out, and who are happy to help current students as well as prospective students. They are, after all, in the business of trying to help you get the money you'll need to attend their institution. So why not take advantage of their expertise?

It pays to first do some background reading about the college financial aid process. That way, having already covered some of the basics, you can ask better questions of your financial aid advisor, and focus on the subjects about which you're still not clear.

Here are a few questions you might ask your college financial aid advisor:

  • What kinds of scholarships and grants are available for students with my interests and background? What sources do you recommend I check in order to find them?
  • Can I have a list of preferred lenders who have a track record of lending responsibly and affordably to your students?
  • Does your school offer any institutional awards for which I may qualify?
  • In the unfortunate event that I have to withdraw from school for some now-unforeseen reason, what's your school's refund policy?
  • What kind of deadlines do I need to be aware of during the financial aid process?

Learn more about financial aid options that fit your needs

Check out our helpful scholarship search to locate any scholarships that you may be eligible for. Also, a private student loan may be a good option to help you fill any remaining financing gap after grants, scholarships and federal aid have been maximized. Find out more information about Citizens Bank's TruFit Student Loan™. And, if you have more questions, call a student loan specialist at 1-800-708-6684, and we'll help walk you through the process.

Additional student loan and college planning resources

Financial Aid 101
What Can I Expect After My Financing is in Place?
Understanding Student Loan Interest Rates
APR 101: What Does APR Mean?
 
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