There are a number of useful strategies and resources to help students successfully negotiate their financial aid packages. So, if your aid award does not meet your needs, appeal, because many colleges are open to increasing the amount of aid they offer.
You may be eligible for additional aid if the school is looking for a student just like you. Are you that special student to round out the incoming freshman class? For example, if you have a specific talent or skill, or belong to a demographic group, or have excellent academic credentials, you may be successful in receiving more aid.