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Filling Out the FAFSA and the CSS Profile

The following information applies for high school seniors looking to apply for financial aid,

therefore, needing to fill out FAFSA and the CSS profile. These applications should be filled out and completed on October 1st or any day after, falling between that date and the deadline. FAFSA or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that helps colleges and universities determine students’ eligibility for aid including grants, student loans, and work-study funds. This form includes the information of the families’ financial and personal information in order to generate their expected family contribution (EFC). This number helps calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Below are some tips on how to apply:

● To fill out the FAFSA, create your account and get a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This

will start the process.

● While FAFSA collects financial and personal information from both the parents and the

student, it is important that the student creates a profile under their name and email address and fills this out.

● If you are uncertain whether you “qualify” for student aid, by all means apply! The

information provided on the application will determine whether or not you are eligible for


● Students applying to colleges for the 2022-2023 academic year will need their family’s

2020 tax returns to complete the form.

The CSS profile or the college scholarship service profile is an application that helps colleges

and universities determine how much institutional aid you may need. This differs from the aid

you receive from FAFSA because it is aid determined specifically for the school you apply to,

not in a general sense. The CSS profile opens on October 1st, but should be submitted no

longer than two weeks before the earliest priority filing date specific to the college you are

applying to. It is recommended that students complete both forms as either one could be

required in college applications or even merit scholarships.

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