FAFSA and the CSS Profile


As of Jan 1st, seniors and their families can begin filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  The quickest way to apply is online using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by going to www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov and download a PDF version of the form or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID and request a paper application.  Financial aid offices use information from the FAFSA to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid from grants, loans and work-study programs.  States and schools also use the information from the FAFSA to determine if you qualify for additional aid.  So fill it out even if you don’t think you will qualify! The FAFSA on the web worksheet is available here.

Once you have applied, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) by e-mail or mail. This will be for any necessary changes or updates.  Once filed, if you don’t hear anything in 3 weeks, follow up by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select “Check the status of the submitted FAFSA” or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.


The CSS Profile is a financial aid application form that is administered through the College Board. You only submit it to colleges that REQUIRE it. If your school requires it, you must submit it in addition to the FAFSA to be considered for full need based aid including institutional funds.  For a list of schools requiring this, please click here.