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When Should I Apply for Financial Aid?

Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson October 15th, 2019

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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Many high school seniors wait until they’ve been accepted to a college to worry about how to pay for it. Unfortunately, however, by the time you receive a college acceptance, you have likely already missed the school’s financial aid application deadline, and may have missed out on thousands of dollars of assistance. When, then, should you be applying for financial aid? Find out on the Edmit blog, where former Boston University and Tufts University financial aid officer, Shannon Vasconcelos answers the most common questions about timing that financial aid application. Click here to access “When Should You Apply for Financial Aid? the best way to pay for college


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