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When Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

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Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson September 14th, 2021

I came to College Coach with close to 10 years of experience in college financial aid offices. I began my career at Boston University, where I counseled students and their parents on the financial aid process and reviewed undergraduate financial aid applications. At Tufts University, where I served as assistant director of financial aid, I developed expertise in the field of health professions financial aid. I was responsible for financial aid application review, grant awarding and loan processing, and college financing and debt management counseling for both pre- and post-doctoral dental students. I have also served as an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Early Awareness and Outreach Committee, coordinating early college awareness activities for middle school students; as a trainer for the Department of Education’s National Training for Counselors and Mentors, educating high school guidance counselors on the financial aid process; and as a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, aiding students and parents with the completion of online financial aid applications.
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One of the most important things in the college financial aid process is to make sure you are never on the wrong side of a deadline. Take a moment to watch this brief video so you understand the timelines for this important process—starting in the fall of your high school student’s senior year. Make sure you know what to expect; organize your data; and always check in with the college if you have questions. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to keep up to date on all the latest college planning tips from our college admissions and finance experts. Our College Finance Experts

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