In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of welcoming Jay Benanav back on the show. This time we discuss the financial aid appeal process. Appealing financial aid something that not many families know they can do. However, it can be as simple as writing a financial aid appeal letter and asking for what you need to make that school financial feasible for your family.
Of course, there are best practices for financial aid appeal. Jay walks us through what we need to know about the different types of aid available to families, how to determine the true cost of college, and how to appeal a college for more financial aid.
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About Jay Benanav
Jay Benanav is an independent college counselor and the founder of the College Inside Track. A self-professed “recovering lawyer”, Jay has practiced law and helped run successful businesses for over 30 years. He has a law degree from St. John’s Law School and has attended Harvard School of Government and Columbia University School of Business. He believes in helping families find the right academic, social, and financial fit.
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“Cost of attendance is not the sticker price. In most cases that is not just what the family will pay. The first step is to figure out what is not being covered.”
“If something has changed in your financial situation, you need to appeal.”
“The worst thing that can happen when you appeal is they say no.”
“About 75% of the students I help appeal get some additional financial aid.”
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