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Financial aid tips from the Star Tribune

By David Gonnerman '90
April 26, 2011

Kara McGuire's "Tips to pass the tuition test" in the Star Tribune called on a number of college financial aid experts for advice, including St. Olaf's own Kathy Ruby, dean of student financial aid.

"With tuition hikes outpacing inflation, not to mention mom and dad's pay raises, I'm sure there are plenty of parents who look at what the college expects them to contribute and think: No way," writes McGuire. But from "Don't be afraid to ask" to "Do explain your finances" and "Do your research," she compiles a number of tips, including Ruby's advice to let colleges know what other schools are offering.


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