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4 keys for negotiating a better college aid offer
"... since families were allowed to submit their FAFSA aid forms earlier this year -- Oct. 1, 2016, instead of Jan. 1, 2017 -- it has created “a bigger window for considering all of their financial options. (Note: If you haven’t submitted a FAFSA yet, get cracking. Most colleges won’t process aid requests without it.)
Once you have aid offers to consider, your first move is psychological: Remember that you’re empowered to negotiate. You won’t know what the best offers are until you press for them. Here are four essential steps for doing that:" ...