Thank you to Susana MacLean of MacLean College Counseling for her October 2021 webinar. If you could not attend, we have included the presentation for your viewing.
Here is a note from Susana MacLean regarding the presentation:
Thank you for registering for my College Woman’s Club of Westfield presentation on Financial and Merit Aid 101.
During the webinar, I addressed common questions from parents and students such as:
What is the difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid?
What kinds of aid are offered to families?
What is the process to apply for financial aid?
How do I know whether our family qualifies for need-based aid?
How do we find colleges that offer good need-based or merit-based aid?
When I wrote the financial aid presentation, I thought it would take longer to present than it did, so I left out the topic of Net Price Calculators (NPCs). Afterward, I added slides to the presentation with information about NPCs, which are tools on colleges’ websites that generate a rough estimate of how much attendance at that college might cost a family, after need-based and, sometimes, merit-based awards are applied.
I have also added a page of resources including books and websites. The amended presentation is attached. Click here to view.
In addition, please find, attached to this email, two more documents I would like to share, created by my colleagues, Jeff Levy and Jennie Kent, of Big J Consulting:
A set of instructions regarding the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Click here to view.
The chart I showed a screen shot of in the presentation, listing need-based vs. merit aid awards at over 400 individual colleges. Click here to view.