Tips for Completing Your Financial Aid Application

From Susan Chadwick, Director of Financial Aid


With October 1 right around the corner, many students and families have financial aid on their minds. Suddenly there are questions about changes in income, how retirement should be reported on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and what an FSA ID is used for in the process. While financial aid applications can appear daunting at times, there are many tips and tricks that can help you along the way.

Here are my top tips to successfully navigate the FAFSA and CSS Profile, College Board’s application used by many schools, to apply for institutional need based aid.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

From Andrea Lirio

With a year of college under my belt, there are a lot of things I wish I had known — from what to pack and what classes to pick to how to make the most of my college experience — before jumping in. As the semester comes to an end, I decided to go around campus and ask my peers what they wish they had known. I hope this helps you as you plan for move-in day!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of College Visits

Campus visit advice from Bryn Mawr’s Coordinator of Visits and Events, Libby Lakeman. 

If you are planning on visiting a few college campuses this summer, or even if you have some visits laid out for the fall, I am here to help make sure you capitalize on each experience. The campus visit can be overwhelming: you are being given a lot of information in a very short amount of time by staff and current students who seem all too happy for you to be at their school. So, below are a few insider tips to help you navigate your visit. Hopefully, they will help you come out on the other side feeling energized and optimistic about the rest of the college admissions process.

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Your Summer To-Do List

A few tips for enjoying summer while being productive. 

Summer is finally here, which means something different to everyone. Maybe it means total relaxation. Maybe it means babysitting your younger siblings all week. Most likely it’s some combination of responsibility and fun. Whether you are headed into sophomore year or senior year, there are some things all high school students can do over the summer to prepare them for the coming year.

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Transferring Credit

From Celine Chen

A quick guide to transferring credit to Bryn Mawr.

What is the process of transferring credit like at Bryn Mawr? How do IB credits compare to transferring AP credits? I honestly did not know much about it when I started here. It wasn’t a huge concern for me because my goal was not necessarily to graduate as fast as possible; it was being able to learn under a well-rounded curriculum, which is what drew me to liberal arts colleges.   Continue reading

Things to Consider When Considering a Gap Year

Andrea Lirio

Why I chose to take a gap year and what you should consider if you’re considering taking one, too.

During my senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to take a gap yearOriginally, I heard about the idea of taking a gap year through my peers, social media, and articles on things to think about before going to college. I knew taking a gap year was right for me because I was looking to take some time off, wanted to take some time to focus on my professional and personal development, and believed I needed time to grow and explore my interests before starting an important chapter in my life. There were so many things I was interested in learning and exploring outside of the classroom, which is why I decided to take a gap year.  Continue reading

May Day 2019

May Day, the fourth and final of Bryn Mawr’s major traditions, is an all-day celebration that includes a strawberries and cream breakfast, Maypole dancing, dancing, plays, parades, and so much more. Taking place on the Sunday after the last week of classes, the Bryn Mawr community comes together to celebrate another successful year before heading into finals week.

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Sustainability at Bryn Mawr

From Celine Chen

Emily Barry is a math and environmental studies double major, so our paths have crossed many times in different math classes and department events.  I’ve really gotten to know Emily this year through study/work sessions, and I’ve discovered she has such an amazing, positive energy about her. Emily is also involved in a lot of interesting events/organizations around campus (including sustainability efforts) so I invited her to share her experience at Bryn Mawr.

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