Lillian Simmons, Fielding’s trusty director of financial aid and scholarships, offered some tips in a blog post today on How to Get the Most Out of Your Financial Aid.

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“Figuring out how to pay for college can be one of the most stressful parts,” begins the post on The Young Hopeful, a website with practical advice for college students. “From student loans to grants to scholarships, it’s hard to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck, but we talked to some financial aid and admissions experts to get some tips on how to get the most out of your college financial aid package.”

Simmons, who has been at Fielding for 13 years, advised students to start looking for scholarships early:

Even before you apply to colleges, you can start looking for scholarship funding in your local area by asking your school counselor about local scholarship programs, asking your family members about employer scholarships, and searching online for local businesses or organizations offering scholarships. Many scholarship deadlines occur before you receive college acceptance letters, and most are transferrable to any school that you attend.

Read the whole blog post, with advice about majors and schools, too!