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Answering Financial Aid Questions with a Chorus of Voices

Story posted November 25, 2008

The sometimes daunting task of wading through the financial aid process leaves many students and their families wishing they had an expert to talk them through it.

Audio files — available online via podcast and digital recording — speak to those financial aid questions.

The Myths of Financial Aid

Scott Hood, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Bowdoin College, speaks with Steve Joyce, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, and Gary Weaver, Associate Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College and a certified financial planner, about some of the myths surrounding financial aid.

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Making Sense of Financial Aid

Scott Hood, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Bowdoin College, speaks with Steve Joyce, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, about the differences between various offers of student aid, how to evaluate those offers, and the questions to ask before accepting a particular aid package.

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The College also has been instrumental in creating online audio files that let students and their families listen to answers to frequently asked questions — from the institution of their choice.

The Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) — using a Web site developed by Associate Director of Student Aid Gary Weaver and the Information Technology department — has responded to calls from high school guidance counselors who said they needed more than just another Web site that few have the time to read.

Weaver and IT put together digital online recordings that feature financial aid directors from 23 Maine institutions answering frequently asked questions, ranging from, "What are your financial aid filing deadlines?" to "How does your institution integrate local merit scholarships into the financial aid award package?"

Visit the MASFAA site.

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