The official word is no, you are not at a disadvantage. However, make sure your school of choice will let you know your financial aid package before you click that ED (Early Decision) box!
Yes, my favorite is www.finaid.org. Also, your college websites should all offer advice.
Unfortunately, no, unless you are independent from your family or have some other situation. Call the financial aid office at one of the schools on your list, and see what they can suggest for you. Loan eligibility is based on credit worthiness, and most 18 year olds haven’t had the chance to build credit.
Every college, as of October 2011, is required to have on their website a Net Price Calculator. It was determined that is was unfair to have students apply to a college without any idea if they would qualify for any funds. This is an excellent first step for families who depend on this funding. For […]