Updated April 15, 2024

What Should Be In Your Financial Aid Award Letters


The Financial Aid Award letter is at the center of helping you understand what a school expects you to pay. But, oftentimes they are written like a confusing word jumble and are disorganized or incomplete all together.

You need financial information that is as clear as possible so that you can avoid overspending and taking on excessive college debt.

Shine a light on your award letters.

Here are 5 key numbers to look for so that you know how a school determined your aid, what your true costs will be and can equally compare awards from all the schools you are considering.

If information is incomplete or you don’t have full clarity about the award or your costs still seem out of reach, please contact the school’s Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid for help.

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5 key numbers in your Financial Aid Award

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To dig deeper into deciphering your financial aid awards checkout this blog post How to Navigate Your Financial Aid Award Letters.

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