Advice on Financial Aid
Canisius gives out lots of merit scholarships based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, as well as need-based scholarships. Financial aid is regularly given out, but sometimes it doesn't take all the sting out of the bills. Applying for financial aid requires a FAFSA form, and the school will determine what you need. But be warned-they can be very particular about what qualifies you for what amount of money or loan. For example, if you win a scholarship and decide to commute, $1,000 is taken off (so it's a total loss of $4,000). However, being a private school with a large endowment allows students to receive more financial aid than they normally would at a comparable public university. Ask lots of questions, specifically about the rules, limits, and expectations of any scholarship, loan, grant, or aid you have been offered. Lastly, look to the future and make sure all the math checks out for you-as in, what you and your family can reasonably afford. Having a degree is nice; $40,000 worth of debt plus interest is not.