If you’re the parent of a high school senior, you’ve likely completed the FAFSA by now. And if your child applied to any private colleges, you may have also completed a CSS/Profile. So congratulations! The most difficult part of the financial aid application process is over. You can now sit back, relax, and let the money roll in, right?

Wrong! Did you know you can ask for more financial aid?

While most families take a passive approach to the financial aid process, accepting whatever aid colleges offer (or don’t offer), they may very well be leaving thousands of dollars on the table. I encourage every College Coach family with whom I work to remember the final step in the financial aid application process: Going back to colleges and asking for more money.

“What? I can do that?”

Absolutely! And you should. Oftentimes, colleges have more flexibility within their financial aid offers than you would think. And what’s the secret to getting an increased offer? Amazingly, in many cases, all you have to do is ask. Learn more about the proper approach to requesting additional funding in the latest post on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.

Written by College Coach
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