As you know the federal government is trying to get colleges to use a common format for the college financial aid award letter. About 2000 colleges have adopted the format referred to as the “Shopping Sheet”. I like the format because it allows families to compare the offers from several colleges.
Below is the 2014-15 Shopping Sheet. There is a second page that has a glossary of terms.
College award letters should be sent out in late March or early April. I am going to review the Shopping Sheet with the seniors in late March.
George A. Letchworth, Ph.D.