"Question: What suggestions do you have for maximizing merit and grant aid? We’ve been careful to focus on colleges where my daughter is at or above the 75th percentile. She’s a rising senior with a 29 ACT, 3.7wGPA and strong sport and volunteer ECs. The net price calculators make me think that 2 or 3 thousand dollar difference in merit/grant aid will make a big difference to us. As we plan for senior year, should we contact schools proactively to discuss our situation or wait until after acceptance or after awards or let the chips fall? My daughter’s school is very rigorous (top ACT scores in the state, strict curriculum, and USNews gold) but not known to the schools where she will apply. Should we do anything to help colleges consider her high school? Thanks for your thoughts.
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