Tips for finding financial aid and merit scholarships

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Tips for finding financial aid and merit scholarships

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Now that we've defined merit money versus need-based aid, how do students find those resources? That's where an experienced college counselor comes into play. After you've been doing this for a while, over the course of a few years, you kind of know which schools have large endowments; which are the schools that are awarding merit scholarships. You can direct those students to those schools and encourage them to apply, if they fall into that top 25 percent of the applicant pool. It's pretty tedious, without the help of a counselor, to go from website to website to website, digging around to find those merit scholarships that seem to be buried on the financial aid pages. The counselors really have the experience, after doing this for many years, which are the schools that really have the money to offer academic scholarships to deserving students.
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Susan Eiges Hansen

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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