Got your financial aid award letter from Siena College? Here are three things we encourage you to do next.
1. Keep the conversation going. You obviously mean a lot to us, which is why we don't want you to feel like it's now up to you to decipher your letter and that our admissions team and financial aid counselors are no longer around. Totally the opposite.
We are more than happy to meet with you over Zoom, chat on the phone or email with you about your package. Ask us your questions, let us know about any special circumstances in your life that may alter your aid options or simply talk with us about your thoughts at this point. We can even assist you in developing a plan to cover the rest of your costs. All you have to do is reach out.
2. Compare awards with these factors in mind. Remember: the school offering you the most amount of money might still end up being the most expensive to attend! Be sure to look at the net cost of each school on your list, and also review the types of aid each one is offering. Are the loans subsidized or unsubsidized? Is one school offering you more scholarships (that don't need to be paid back) over loans?
And just as important, think about value and fit. Finances aside, which school do you believe will you be happiest at and set you up for a successful career? Find out their values, where their alumni work, and about their traditions. These factors and more should definitely be counted when making your final decision.
3. Visit us again. There's no better way to come to a "this is where I belong" moment than by revisiting your top choices as an accepted student. You can now walk around campus knowing we think you belong here—no pressure, no stress.
Right now, you can sign up for a socially distant all-access admitted student visit, complete with a one-on-one, personalized tour experience, a Siena hooded sweatshirt and dining hall food :) Sign up here! Or, visit us virtually (swag still included).
Congratulations again on your acceptance to Siena! When you're ready to chat financial aid or plan your next visit, we're all ears.