Part Two: What questions should I ask about financial aid on my college visits?
Last week we told you how to begin researching the financial aid practices of colleges you plan to visit. This week, we provide you with questions to ask an admissions or financial aid counselor that will help clarify your understanding of their processes. (Note: It’s usually not a good idea to ask these questions of student tour guides, as they will not be as well informed about school financial aid policy.)
Questions for the Admissions Office to Understand Financial Aid:
Does your college award merit scholarships? If yes, what is the average award? What percentage of the admitted class is offered scholarships, and what is the academic profile (test scores and G.P.A.) of recipients?
This is one of the most important financial questions you will ask on your visit. Every college’s merit scholarship awarding practices differ based on the academic profile of the students they admit and who they are trying to attract to their campus.