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I think many people will agree that junior year is by far the toughest year of high school. There's just so many decisions to make in addition to working up an impressive GPA.
Recently, my parents attended a financial aid seminar where a company did a presentation on "secret" tips to getting a better financial aid package. (like "hiding" your money in bank accounts so that colleges can't see them.) Ever since then, I haven't heard the end of "we need to see that financial aid guy soon."
My family is considered upper middle class, and my stats are exceptional (3.98 GPA, several extracurriculars, and many awards/honors). I have applied to many scholarships, and have been lucky enough to win a few thousand dollars.
I was wondering whether we really should see the consultant (for about $800) and how much he would actually help my family. Can someone please give advice on the situation? Also, if there are any "secret tips" on how to lower your EFC legally, that would be greatly appreciated too.