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Step 1- Plan Your Finances, Now!
Step One contains surprising advice: don't let cost limit your college options!

It is never too late to put some money away for college. We encourage families not to rule out expensive colleges because it doesn't seem like you have the money to pay for tuition, room, and board that together could cost over $30,000 per year. Many of the most expensive private and public colleges offer the most need- and merit-based financial aid awards, in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Most students in college today receive some form of financial aid. Parents and students need to work together to evaluate their financial needs and negotiate the financial aid process.

Fundamentally, we want families to know that a good student can gain admission to good colleges, and that the money to pay for the education will likely be available from one or another source.

If you're ahead of the curve, it's also true that it's never too early to start saving for college, since college costs are going up at a rate significantly higher than the rate of inflation. There are many great savings opportunities, such as the 529 Plans offered by every state, to help you save effectively for college over the long term.

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Margit Dahl
Margit Dahl, Dir. of Undergraduate Admissions,
Yale University, and Mike Mills, Director of Admissions, Miami University of Ohio, discuss their views on Financial Aid.
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