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Private School Financial Aid Advice from the Experts!

Next to "which schools should we apply to?" financial aid elicits the most questions in the admission process. The fog surrounding the financial aid process is compounded by the facts that:

  • Many families are new to the process.
  • Families may never have been asked to disclose so much about their finances.
  • Filing for financial aid is complicated; takes planning and requires some wherewithal.
  • The financial aid process doesn't necessarily lead to perfect solution.

With these issues in mind, we asked six private school admission & financial aid directors:

"What should our families keep in mind as they file for financial aid?"

While each panel member provides a slightly different take on filing for financial aid consistent themes emerge:

  • Know the people and the process at each school.
  • Be honest and fully transparent
  • Apply Early
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Know exactly what each school requires. Requirement differ slightly from school to school.
  • Describe and document your situation thoroughly, but concisely when asked, or provided the opportunity, to present an explanation.

Additional resources:

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  • I found this very helpful..Thanks for sharing.. Kevin Cregg, August 28, 2011 8:05 PM

  • I really need help...i'm a single parent raising a 13 year old boy....he's disrespectful, fighting, I think he smokes pot...i have tried everything starting at home by taking things away, allowing him not to go outside. Nothing has helped. The kids he hang around are not good examples. He is a follower and in order for him to fit in, he makes bad decisions. I am on a budget and trying to send him to a school that teaches him discipline but when I google different schools, they are so expensive. Please help natasha carter, January 9, 2012 12:07 PM

  • Have you looked into the Hyde School (in CT and Maine)? Not sure about their financial aid, but they attract kids who are like your son. Good luck on your search. Anonymous, January 10, 2013 1:35 PM

  • hi I'm a parent of 2 middle school students. one of them has been diagnosed with adhd. it is hard to find a school in new Orleans, la that can provide great service for my child. when i look online there are alot of program in other states. nothing here . there is no tutoring in the schools.no summer school programs to better the child. i want the best for my children. Louisiana should want the best for there kids. Louisiana has taken any programs. no wonder why they state has falling schools. anyone out there can help me find programs during school time, as well as summer programs. maybe a great private school here in new Orleans I can look into. most of the schools here are not so great. l, July 11, 2014 10:21 AM

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