Your school's designated financial aid advisor is there to help you. If you can clearly articulate your intentions, the right advisor will easily be able to offer applicable resources, allowing you to get the most out of every potential offer. But financial aid counselors are not mind readers: it is incumbent on the student to have a path, or a general direction. (If you are undecided, don't worry - there are going to be plenty of offers for you, too.) Once you are heading in a specific direction, your financial aid counselor will be better able to help you try to offset as many of those incurred costs as possible.