Winter is an exciting time for high school seniors and their parents. College acceptances are rolling in on a regular basis, each greeted with a new wave of delight. For many families, however, the initial elation of a college acceptance is quickly tempered by the receipt of a financial aid offer and the realization that, even after the awarded financial assistance, a given college’s cost is still out-of-reach for your family. While disappointing, that inadequate financial aid offer is not necessarily the end of the story, nor the end of your child’s relationship with that school of choice. The college aid application is, while daunting, necessarily limited in scope and does not paint a complete picture of many families’ financial circumstances. For that reason, colleges are given latitude to use their discretion in considering families’ special circumstances when awarding both government and institutional aid. Consider if you may have had any of these special circumstances that would warrant an appeal to the Financial Aid Offices for special consideration:
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