Think you're the only one frantically searching for scholarship now that you've been accepted to college? Think again! We're checking in with "The Choice"blogger, Cassandra Dagostino, a first-generation college student as she hutns for scholarships.
I am still sitting at my desk, pondering the decisions I’ve made in my application process. I am still logging in to my different student accounts to check my application status, and of course. I am still waiting. Beside me on my white desk are two large books that will play a heavy role in deciding the school I will eventually attend: Peterson’s “Scholarships, Grants & Prizes” and College Board’s “Getting Financial Aid”.
And so, while the grin still exists on my face from completing everything and from being accepted, my right hand begins to tap in rhythm to my iTunes again, as it had when I first encountered my application worries.
I have overcome the confusion of filling out the financial aid forms, but now, a new agitation has surfaced: the financial aid packages I am receiving.
So far, I have received two financial aid packages from two schools to which I have been accepted. While the schools are relatively the same annual price ($55,000), the financial aid they have granted me differ greatly from each other.
For one school, after the aid given, I would be paying about $18,000 a year in addition to the several loans that the institution included in the package they sent me. However, for the other school, after the aid given, I would only be paying about $11,000 per year, with fewer loans than the other school.
I submitted the same materials to both schools: the Fafsa, the CSS Profile, and the Noncustodial Parent Form of the CSS Profile, so why are the amounts so drastically different if the information supplied was the same and need would be the same?