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The New York Times: A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing

Chambers Building"The uncomfortable reality of paying for college is often compounded by a noxious combination of parental confusion, compressed time periods and teenage uncertainty. After all, it's hard to predict what sort of discounts you might get come springtime based on your financial need or your child's academic or athletic merit, plus it's nearly impossible to know how your child's needs might change between the ages of 17 and 22," writes Ron Lieber in the "Your Money" blog. David Gelinas, Davidson's director of financial aid, weighs in on where fit figures into the equation.

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