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FAFSA vs. CSS Profile – what's the big difference?

Hey guys! I'm looking into financial aid stuff, and I keep seeing the FAFSA and CSS Profile mentioned. What's the main difference between these two, and why do I need to know about both? Any info you can share would be awesome! Thanks!

a year ago

It's great that you're looking into financial aid options! The FAFSA and CSS Profile are both important forms in the financial aid process, but they serve different purposes. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a federal form that calculates your eligibility for federal financial aid, such as grants, loans, and work-study programs. Nearly all U.S. colleges and universities require the FAFSA for federal aid consideration. The FAFSA takes into account your family's financial situation to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

In contrast, the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile) is a more comprehensive form administered by the College Board. It's used by about 400 colleges and universities, mainly private institutions, to determine your eligibility for non-federal, institutional financial aid, such as scholarships and grants. The CSS Profile typically requires more detailed financial information than the FAFSA, including factors like home equity and medical expenses.

To maximize your financial aid opportunities, it's important to be aware of both forms. Check the financial aid requirements for each school you're applying to, as some may require both the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Make sure to complete and submit the necessary forms by their respective deadlines. By staying informed and proactive, you'll be well-prepared to navigate the financial aid process and secure the best possible aid package for your college education. Best of luck!

a year ago

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