When you think about financial aid, filing the FAFSA is usually what comes to mind. However, in addition to the FAFSA, a number of colleges require what is known as the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. While you have to wait until January 1, 2014 to complete the FAFSA, the CSS can be completed now.
What is the CSS Profile? According to CollegeBoard, the CSS Profile is “an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds.” The FAFSA is different because it awards federal funds. Also, while the FAFSA is free, the CSS Profile has an initial fee of $25 and $16 for each additional school.
It is important to check if the profile is a requirement of the colleges or universities you are applying to. You can find a list of the schools here. If one of these schools is on your list, make sure to look for the deadline on the school’s website. This can usually be found under Admissions and then Financial Aid.
The Profile is completed online here. On this page, you can log-in using your College Board user name and see the Student Guide and instructions for more detailed information.
Don’t forget, the guidance department is hosting their annual Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 pm for parents of seniors. A representative from MEFA will be here to discuss anything and everything about financial aid and answer all of your questions! You won’t want to miss this very informative session!