Guide to FAFSA
Helpful Resources for Completing the 2020 - 2021 FAFSA!
Many students and parents have questions about the FAFSA. This is a resource to help you with guides related to best practices for completing the FAFSA, which opens October 1st!
Remember, the sooner you complete the FAFSA, the more likely you are to receive grants & funding!
Every student should complete a FAFSA. Universities require the document for registration or to receive scholarship funds.
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What is the FAFSA?
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
Step 1 of the FAFSA: Create Your FSA ID
FAFSA Tips for Parents
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This document is from the 2019 - 2020 application cycle. FAFSA has not released their updated version.
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2020–21 FAFSA® Deadlines
Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2021. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 11, 2021.
Each college or career school might have its own deadline. Check with the schools you’re interested in attending. You might also want to ask your school about its definition of an application deadline, whether it is the date the school receives your FAFSA form or the date your FAFSA form is processed.
What is the CSS Profile?
What is CSS?
The CSS is an online application to determine eligibility for non-federal financial aid, which is administered by the College Board, creator of the SAT®. Not every college requires it, but nearly 400 colleges do, so be sure to first check the list of schools to determine whether your child needs to complete the application. It's also important to see if the school requires students of divorced parents to complete the additional Noncustodial PROFILE.
Unlike the FAFSA, there is a fee to apply. The first application is $25 and reports to additional schools are $16 each. Fee waivers are granted to high-need students, generally for household incomes of $45,000 or less per year.
Both the CSS application and the FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1 and should be completed as soon as possible to take advantage of aid that is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. All schools have their own deadlines in place for the CSS, but many require students to file the profile two weeks before the college's priority admission application deadline.