My daughter was recently admitted early decision, but as a middle-class family we didn’t qualify for as much financial aid as we had hoped. The financial aid award was also very confusing. Access Applied showed me how to decode the award letter and figure out if the school will be affordable for all four years.Dena M. Danbury, CTParent
I have one recently admitted to college and two recently graduated. I wish Access Applied had been available when my first two were going through the process!
Joe S. Mahopac, NYParent
I know I won’t qualify for need-based aid. But I didn’t realize that my son can qualify for a small student loan if I do the FAFSA. I want him to have a little skin in the game so we are definitely going to do this.
Manhattan, NYRobert M. Manhattan, NYParent
I have two kids in college and still don’t qualify for need-based aid. Access Applied has really helped me figure out the best way to use a combination of merit scholarships, payment plans, student loans, parent loans and my 529’s, to pay the college bills.
Patti H. Garden City, NYParent
Our daughter was not considering college costs until we sat down and had a discussion of what we could afford. I know this saved us from visiting and applying to several schools that were not affordable.Phyllis T. Austin, TXParent
Our income is not very high and our son will be the first to go to college. The income tabs helped us know where to start and how to find schools that we can afford. We were surprised to find some expensive schools cost less than our state schools. If you could translate your site into Spanish it would be even better.Maria G. McAllen, TXParent
I have known the financial aid experts at Access Applied for over 25 years. I am not surprised that they have developed a fully comprehensive and helpful site for students and their parents searching for colleges that are a financial fit. I highly recommend using their tools, accessing their easy to understand information on the web site and attending webinars they provide.
I have known and worked closely with Jim Briggs and David Charlow for almost 30 years. After carefully reviewing Access Applied, it is clear that they have used their College Costs and Financial Aid expertise to create a website that demystifies college financial aid and shows families how to find schools they can afford. The section on how to complete the FAFSA should serve to increase FAFSA completion rates at schools who successfully deploy the tools in the website. For those required to file the CSS PROFILE Access Applied is an indispensable tool. Moreover, Access Applied can help each student properly estimate their likely net costs of attendance, regardless of where they chose to apply for college.
Regardless of the school options my grandchildren consider, I will insist that both they and their parents use Access Applied to help determine which institutions are truly affordable.
Based on my almost forty years in financial aid, I recommend Access Applied without reservation.