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By Todd Weaver

How much of your financial aid award is “gift aid” versus “self-help?” Does it matter? How can you tell a good award from a bad one?

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When we discuss college costs, we need to understand what “cost” actually means.

Officially, colleges list a cost of attendance, what I call sticker price, which includes tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. Families don’t pay the sticker price, though, so don’t get a case of sticker shock when you start looking at colleges.

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