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Intuition and assumptions

Mark Kantrowitz’s latest post, “Is there an Income Cutoff on Eligibility for Financial Aid?,” contains some great information and advice, though I wish he’d chosen a different title. The question “Do we have too much money to qualify for financial aid?” can induce some understandable eye-rolling. But the article is actually about the inherent risks of relying on intuition or assumptions rather than applying and allowing the financial aid officers to do their jobs. And for families whose financial concerns are far greater than having too much money to qualify for aid, I think they’ll find the information will leave them encouraged about their own aid eligibility, but also careful not to allow their own intuition or assumptions to get in the way of the aid they need.