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Left on the Table: The Saga of Unclaimed Pell Grant and Scholarship Money

Consider the tried-and-true axiom for the lottery: “You need to be in it to win it”. Well, when it comes to applying for federal financial aid, nearly two million high school students annually are deciding not to play the game whatsoever, a decision that is costing almost half of them the chance for some much-needed assistance in the form of free money. What’s behind what would appear to be an otherwise easy decision, and what can be done to connect more of these students with available Pell Grant funds?

Help Me Understand Financial Aid

Paying for college can be overwhelming. Knowing the options and identifying sources of money for your family to pay the college bill is half the battle and there’s no time like the new year to get a handle on the details, especially with financial aid season on the horizon.

Saving for Higher Education is Better than Borrowing

There is no magic, one-size fits all way to pay for college. The trick is finding what works best for your family.