I write about scholarships because it’s what I know, but let’s be honest — not everyone can bring ’em home. On the other hand, however, everyone has access to the federal financial aid system, and everyone’s school has a financial aid office, so everyone should pay close attention to how they can best extract the most money from those two institutions.
This article in the Seattle Times, transplanted from BankRate, gives you 10 tips on how to get the best financial aid package. Some of it’s obvious (“On-campus jobs are an option.” Oh really, Einstein? I can get money from a job?), and some isn’t so obvious (don’t try any flea-market bartering with financial aid officers). Worth a read if you’re still deciding how to pay for school.