I'm thrilled to pass this article on to my clients. Many families I work with assume that they will not receive any financial aid, however, as the article points out many middle class families qualify for financial aid. This is very important in the college search as it is in a student's best interest to have a variety of options- public schools and private schools. While the article does not address strategy, it is important to note that each school's package may be unique, therefore, apply to a number of schools. Read article from the Washington Post.