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I found out that even though I had a B+ average in engineering, I couldn't get scholarships - and definitely not for lack of trying.

I can say that this has probably changed. The aid pendulum is swinging toward more merit-based aid. Definitely check on state merit-based scholarships. More states are starting these programs each year. Be sure your child takes the PSAT because it's the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program. While there will be an increase in college students overall, many colleges are looking harder for the good students. Because of accountability measures, it's in the best interest of a college to find students who look like they will be successful in college.

While colleges used to front load aid, I'm not sure this is still true.

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