Need based aid is based on a family’s income and assets. Colleges assess a family’s need by evaluating one or more forms provided by the family.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA On the Web They promise quicker turnaround time if you fill out the FAFSA on the web. It's a good idea to pick up a hard copy of the FAFSA in the counseling center so you know ahead of time what information they are going to require.
FAFSA PIN - Before you can apply for financial aid online, you need to register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for you and your parents. This serves as you electronic signature when you fill out the FAFSA online
Title IV School Codes - You'll need these school codes when you fill out the FAFSA. Very quick way to the code numbers!
FAFSA Help - Here you will find all the answers to your questions about filling out the FAFSA. There are even photos of the form with very exact instructions on completing the questions.
· Required by many private colleges. Not required by the UC’s,
· Completing the Profile is a two step process. First, the student must register, then fill out the Profile itself. The Profile can only be filled out online (www.collegeboard.com).
· The Profile costs $25 for the first college, plus $16 for additional school to which you want the information sent. There are a limited number of fee waivers available for low income students. They are awarded automatically online and cover the costs of sending the information to six colleges.
CSS Financial Aid Profile https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp
· Some colleges require additional forms provided by their school. It is very important to check with each school to determine their requirements and deadlines. Some colleges will also require a copy of your completed tax forms.
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