Vanderbilt University has released a video entitled the “Insider’s Guide to Financial Aid“. This financial aid video is presented by Vanderbilt’s Dean of Admissions, Doug Christiansen, and is a follow up to his previous video “Insider’s Guide to Admissions“.
I thought Dean Christiansen’s “Insider’s Guide to Admissions” was wonderful and have recommended it in the past. Unfortunately, I don’t think the the “Insider’s Guide to Financial Aid” is as strong a video. The video asks some good questions which Dean Christiansen attempts to answer but the answers are not always as clear as they could be, particularly for someone not already familiar with how college financial aid works.
I am a strong proponent of getting information about financial aid out to prospective students and I applaud Vanderbilt’s attempt. However, before watching the video, I would suggest you take a look at my page on Financial Aid Basics. Having that background information the video will make more sense.