by Shannon Vasconcelos, former financial aid officer at Tufts University
Once upon a time, the college application process was simple. By and large, students applied to just one or a couple of local colleges, they were easily accepted, and they could often pay for tuition with not much more than a summer job.
Nowadays, lots of students are considering a much more expansive network of the more than 4,000 colleges available across the country, many of those colleges have grown increasingly competitive, and paying tuition with no more than a summer job? Forget about it!