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What to look for in your financial aid package

February 6, 2020

Student studying in campus living room

Money conversations can be tough to have, but they’re an important step in making your college decision. Most students will be utilizing some form of financial aid, and you’ll need to understand how to read the financial aid package you receive from each college. 

You’ll want to be sure to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information to the colleges you are interested in attending, and then you’ll usually get your financial aid package in the mail or electronically within three to four weeks after receiving your admission decision. As you evaluate and compare your financial aid packages, here are a few things to look for.

Total Cost of Attendance

This will include the cost of tuition, room and board. Generally, room and board means both your living expenses and a dining plan. Most colleges have multiple dining plans based on your preferences and living arrangements. For example, at DePauw, the default plan for a first-year student living in a residence hall…

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Living in the Dorm

January 31, 2020

Three female students sitting on a bed with computers.

Living in the dorms at a university can be a great experience! You will not only meet lifelong friends and gain independence, you will also learn how to “adult” for the first time. Even if you’re excited about this new adventure, it can seem like a lot to get ready before you move in. Here are a few tips for preparing to live in your first college dorm.

It’s Good to Have Options

Most universities have a wide variety of dorms for first-year students. They’ll usually have different features based on your needs and interests: 

  • If you are planning to play sports, you’ll want a dorm near the fitness center. 

  • If you are an introvert, you might want to look for a smaller dorm. 

  • At DePauw, first-year students can choose from different residence halls, each with common areas for lounging, studying and cooking, as well as other unique features. 

Bring Comforts from Home

You may think that it isn’t “cool” for a first-year student to bring mementos from home, but almost everyone…

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Scholarships 101

January 27, 2020

Two students sitting on a couch with laptops in the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement

So, you’ve been accepted to your university (or universities), now it’s time to work on paying for them. Scholarships and financial aid can seem tricky to understand, but the investment of time and research is well worth it to help support the cost of attending the school of your dreams!

Review the Financial Aid Offered

You should hear from your university about your financial aid packet within 3-4 weeks of submitting your FAFSA as well as any additional documents such as W2s and 1040 tax returns. Review this information carefully to determine your actual cost from the university. 

If you are still waiting on your financial aid package, many universities, including DePauw, offer a net price calculator. While this is not a guarantee of your final cost, it provides a helpful estimate based on your academic and financial information combined with historical costs. Once you know how much aid your university is offering, you can determine how much may need to be sourced from additional scholarships…

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I'm accepted to college, what's next?

January 21, 2020

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Congratulations! You’re accepted to DePauw University! But what’s next? If you’re like most high school seniors, you have multiple options to choose from. We want to help you make that big decision, so check out these tips as potential next steps. 

Visit Campus

Scheduling a visit after you’ve been accepted to a university should be one of your top priorities. Even if you’ve already visited, there is something different about visiting a university once you’ve been accepted. When scheduling your visit, you can:

  • Check in with your admissions counselor.

  • Visit with a professor.

  • Sit in on a class.

  • Schedule an overnight visit! It’s a great way to get a feel for campus life, and gives you the opportunity to talk to students outside of the typical “campus tour” setting. 

 What types of extracurricular activities are you interested in? If you can, try to:

You can…

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Seven Must-Know Tips for Emailing Admission Counselors

December 3, 2019

Students sitting at a table across from each other on laptops studying

1) Full sentences are appreciated. Remember, this is not a text message. Full sentences are required to effectively communicate essential information. Otherwise, we are left confused and irritated at a seemingly careless correspondence.

2) The value of editing emails inundated with mistakes are not only puzzling but also show thoughtlessness. Proofread what you send to any professional. Trust me; it will be worth your time.

3) What does concise mean? Concise: Short but thorough. Admission counselors receive hundreds of emails, often on a daily basis. So keep it to the point; but don’t cut out the point! It won’t help if we cannot decipher the email because important pieces are missing. We know this is a fine line, one which many students need to learn. So, do your best!

4) There is a difference between personal and professional email content. By nature, admission counselors are friendly people. We love working with students But remember- we are not your personal acquaintances. So talk…

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