While my heart remains broken, I want to share what I've learned from the front lines of the greatest battle of my life. These lessons haven't healed me completely, but they have helped. And I hope they help other people who, God forbid, have to fight through tragic loss.
As an advisor, I can forward on every scholarship opportunity in the world and encourage my students to apply for any program they find, but with increasing competition and even higher expectations, it is very difficult to rely on "winning" scholarship money or qualifying for grants amongst a field of so many other competitive applicants.
They need to approach financial aid with a business sense and lose the emotionalism.
College is a serious step in your child's life, and whether you believe it or not, it's pretty complicated -- much more so than it was just 20 years ago. I wish I had been more familiar with the ins and outs of the college process when my children went to college. Things were different then, and certainly not as complex as they are today.