Getting In: Evaluating Your Financial Aid Package and Scholarship Strategies

Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Getting In expert Josh Steckel talk financial aid, scholarship strategies, plus they hear an update from Getting In senior August Graves.

Josh is the college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative studies. He’s also the author of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty.

Josh lists the most important things seniors and their families need to be doing right now if they’re applying for financial aid (starts at 11:10). And they still have time if they haven’t yet. He explains how to compare different schools’ aid packages and how to figure out the net price. When it comes to finding scholarship money, Josh says to think locally (starts at 21:18). Religious groups, unions, non-profits, even law firms are a great source of scholarship funds.

Julie and Josh answer a multi-part listener question about financial aid (starts at 28:50). The father who wrote in wonders how to find out a college’s true cost and asks how he should honestly talk about affordability with his daughter.

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