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Now that your student has a final (or almost final) list of colleges they are applying to, and they are busy working on their college applications, it’s time for parents (and the student) to prepare to apply for financial aid and scholarships. To apply for federal aid of any kind (grants, loans and work study) you will need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid).
The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be offered in high schools around the country next week (offered 10/11 or 10/14). Sophomores are usually required or are strongly encouraged to take the exam, and juniors have the option to take it. For each group of students, the PSAT is worth considering and taking seriously. Even though college admission offices will not use the scores to assess admissions applications, the PSAT is important and students should familiarize themselves with the test ahead of time. Click the title to find out why: