Helping the Browns is Jordan Graffis, a higher education consultant who specializes in preparing students for the costs of college — hopefully without the stifling debt.
“There are millions of dollars in scholarship money that just goes unused every year,” she said.
Graffis says many students don’t know where to look or how to apply for financial aid. She suggests checking websites like fastweb.com or finaid.org and collegeboard.com to get started. And it’s important to apply early and often, she added.
“A lot of scholarships let you apply as young as 13, so you can be racking up these scholarships all throughout high school and not be stressing out so much in the senior year,” Graffis said.
The Department of Education reports that for every high school guidance counselor there are 407 students. That makes it challenging for educators to help every kid apply for every scholarship and other financial aid.