If you're not sure, ask the financial aid officer at your college
If you don't fully understand your financial aid package or the
process of applying for and receiving these funds, contact the college's financial
If one college offers a substantially different package
than another, it's worthwhile for the student or parent to contact the financial
aid offices for an explanation, says Jim Kolesar, a spokesman for Williams
College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The difference could be due to an
error on a form, or the colleges may have had different information.
the amounts of money, it doesn't hurt to ask," he says. "They want to be fair,
and they want your kid to come, or they wouldn't have admitted him or her."