Admissions Expertise If I haven’t found the right extracurriculars, can I still appear to be a dedicated student? Yes, colleges want to enroll a well-rounded class. But that doesn’t always mean that every individual is well-rounded in his or her interests or talents; rather, collectively, a class is made up of a mosaic, and each tile shines in different ways. Your contributions should be sustained and meaningful. Find things you care about and do them well. Perhaps you will lead, perhaps you will support; but make sure you contribute. Your significant activity might even be a job where you learn a lot. Commitment and depth is far more important (for your application and for your life!) than joining a bunch of clubs to make your list longer. 855 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. How can I work with schools to boost my financial aid? Are there other sources of student aid? Just as all colleges aren’t equal, all financial aid policies aren’t the same. Resources will vary, as will financial aid packages and how colleges respond to economic hardship cases. But don’t panic. In many cases, particularly at places that promise to meet 100% demonstrated need, colleges will be there for families like yours. Call the financial aid officers at the colleges where you applied; explain your situation. Usually, you’ll find them to be very sympathetic and willing to talk you through their policies and your options. And if that isn’t the case, well, that might make your college decision easier. 822 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed.