Better Essays Equal More Financial Aid

Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of the admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Essays let schools learn more about students by giving them a chance to set themselves apart from other applicants. Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.

Students should put plenty of time and effort into an admissions essay. Schools that require written essays want students who can express themselves clearly, using proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. It may take several drafts to get it right, but the essays need to be well written and free of errors. Students should have  teachers, school counselors or parents review the essay before submitting them to the colleges.

Some schools let students submit nontraditional essays such as poems, song lyrics or videos so students may show their creativity.

KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents. The agency also helps colleges manage their student loan default rates. 

For more information visit www.kheaa.com.