Seniors: File the FAFSA!Posted on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:23
Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA! The single largest mistake families make in the college application process is failing to apply for financial aid. So apply, even if you think you won't qualify. You may be surprised. Whether you are considering attending two-year or four-year colleges— all students applying for financial aid will complete a FAFSA.
And check to see if the schools on your list also require the CSS PROFILE (College Scholarship Service Profile) that is available from the College Board. Many private colleges and universities -- and some scholarship programs -- require this financial aid form in addition to the FAFSA in order for you to be considered for receiving institutional financial aid. A list of the schools and programs that require the CSS PROFILE can be found here. The CSS PROFILE should be completed by the earliest school or program filing date. Check the deadlines at each college to which you are applying.
Information on financial aid can be found here:
• The U.S. Department of Education
• Your local library
• Your high school college counseling office
For more on financial aid and paying for college, see Chapter 16, "Financial Aid," in College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step. And check back on the blog for our Monthly Financial Aid Checklist for Seniors by college advisor Alice Kleeman. You can see January's checklist here.