Mar 23, 2023

FinCap Friday: Which Financial Aid Letter is Better?

Congratulations to Mr. D Calkins 1st period class at Schlarman Academy (IL) for winning Round 4 of FinCap Friday Frenzy! The class wins a virtual class visit from me (Yanely), the host of NGPF's FinCap Friday, along with a classroom set of my upcoming book, Mind Your Money. Plus, as a surprise bonus... PIZZA! That concludes NGPF's FinCap Friday Frenzy! Congratulations to all the winning classes and teachers!

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For most college-bound students, the financial aid letter is even more important than the college acceptance letter itself! Why is this the case? Well, what might look like the largest offer might not actually be the best choice for students and their families. Tune in below as we dive into the details included in the financial aid award letter and the top tips for analyzing one:

Click here to access the Kahoot quiz and discussion prompt. If you're short on time for this activity, try our simplified No Tech version, containing embedded questions right in the slide deck!

Check out all the FinCap Friday episodes here! They're not date-dependent so many of the 190+ in our catalog dating back to August 2018 may work throughout the year!


About the Author

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her 10 nieces and nephews!

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