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A Primer for Parents on the FAFSA and CSS

Updated: Jan 22

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial financial aid application for prospective college students. 

The FAFSA process involves completing a comprehensive form that gathers information about the student's and their family's financial situation, including income, assets, and other relevant details. This article is ideal for those who want to better understand how assets can affect financial aid eligibility.

The FAFSA application determines the student's eligibility for various forms of financial assistance, such as grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. 

It is typically completed online and requires applicants to provide accurate and up-to-date financial information for each year they apply for aid.

Submit the FAFSA as early as possible, as many aid programs have limited funding and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A Primer for Parents on the FAFSA and CSS

The CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal institutional aid.

A Primer for Parents on the FAFSA and CSS

Some students who are not eligible for aid through the FAFSA process may qualify for awards through the CSS process. Check your colleges’ information to determine whether they require the CSS Profile. Click here for a list of participating schools. Some schools may also require divorced or separated parents to complete separate applications.

Click here and follow the CSS step-by-step guide to completing your application and find resources to answer all your questions.

Student Loan Planner

Student Loan Planner offers tailored consultations to help borrowers achieve long-term financial stability and optimize their repayment journey. In most cases, consultations are offered to individuals who owe significant amounts of student loan debt, typically to graduate schools. 

Click here to learn how you can receive consultation to manage existing student loan debt.

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