Financial Aid Applications

Financial Aid Applications

To qualify for financial aid, it is very important to complete all necessary applications and meet each college’s application deadline. Three of the most commonly used forms include:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
The FAFSA is a free federal form that all colleges and universities require, and is available online starting January 1. You may obtain a paper FAFSA at high schools, colleges, and public libraries, however, online filing is recommended. The FAFSA website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students and parents can also utilize the MEFA link at www.mefa.org. In order to begin the electronic process parents and students must apply for a pin number on the FAFSA website. The pin number is required for a parent and student to electronically sign the FAFSA prior to completion.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® 
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is an additional application that many private colleges and universities require. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE asks for in-depth information for the purpose of awarding college aid. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE may only be filed online. The PROFILE application is available on the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com. Students can check with their Guidance Counselor to see if their private college requires the PROFILE.

College Financial Aid Application 
Some colleges and universities may require them own application form as well. Check the college’s admissions viewbook or catalog, or call their Financial Aid Office to find out if a college financial aid application is required.

Other Resources 
www.finaid.com 
www.fastweb.com