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Ep. 153 Revisited | How Not To Get Scammed By Merit Aid

Financial aid, merit aid, need-based aid, how to avoid the scam

Show Notes:

In today's episode, I talk about financial aid and the comically high cost of college. What's the difference between need-based aid, merit-based aid, and how Tier II colleges intentionally inflate their cost of attendance only to offer big discounts (disguised as a merit or academic scholarships) to make parents and students feel good about themselves and about paying $60K/year to attend. Learn how to not let such "enrollment management" practices entice you into paying more than you should. 

0:00:31 Need-based financial aid 

0:03:10 Merit-based aid 

0:07:33 Fordham case study 

0:10:00 Extracting max money 

0:12:00 Pick off the slow deer 

0:14:20 Everybody's happy, right? 

0:16:15 Not worth $80K 

0:17:00 Summary insights 

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