I'm trying to understand more of how this works as far as applying early (let's say rolling admissions to make this easy) and scholarships a kid might be entitled to. Say my son applies to a college in October and they had rolling admissions. On the web site I had noticed he would be eligible to receive a good merit scholarship. When they send his admission notification to him, would they indicate the scholarship award at that point? And since it is still early in the year, the FAFSA hasn't happened yet and what if he then turns out to be eligible for extra financial aid? Does the college then consider it all again and re-do the financial aid package, or do they hold the scholarship news until the FAFSA time period is over? I guess what I'm asking is do colleges ever tell you the scholarship news for merit-based awards ahead of the time when the FAFSA is filed?