The CSS Profile

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The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available on October 1st. About 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs, however, use an additional form, the CSS Profile, to … Read More

Filing the FAFSA

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not consider an applicant for merit aid unless that student has first submitted a FAFSA. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after October 1st of … Read More

How Movies Can Help You Write Better Application Essays

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Like most people, you probably have many stories that you can tell about your life. You’ve done things, gone places, had triumphs and taken nosedives. As the saying goes, “life happens.” The best college application essays, however, don’t merely tell what happened to you; they also let admission officers understand why what happened matters. … Read More

Financial Matters: Does Attending College Make Financial Sense?

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Media stories about the rising cost of a college education and student debt, combined with the lingering economic effects of the recession, have led many people to question whether it still makes financial sense to attend college. The answer is a resounding yes, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. … Read More

It’s Time to Complete Financial Aid Forms

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October 1st marks the first day that American families can apply for student financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year. Here’s what you need to know: • All US colleges require the submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are applying for need-based financial aid. You need to complete … Read More

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