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College Application Nightmares

A Very Special and Scary Edition of AIEmail, Reader Mail
(disclaimer: these letters are totally fake but the information is real)

Dear AIEmail,
I dreamed that I couldn’t pay for college and the only job I could get was as a gravedigger in a desolate cemetery. What should I do?
Freaked Out in Frisco

Dear Freaked,
Actually, there are lots of options available to help you pay for college. An important first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can help you find out about qualifying for student aid. Learn more here (

Dear AIEmail,
Two things are bothering me. One is that I worry that I won’t be admitted into any colleges. The other is that—every year about this time—tiny monsters come to my door and demand candy. Help!
Alarmed in Austin

Dear Alarmed,
There’s nothing to be done about the second problem; deal with it. As to the first problem, though, you can seriously affect your chances of being accepted to a good college by following some tried and true strategies, listed here (

We’ll end it there, but keep those fictional cards and letters coming!