How To Pay for College
- Paying for College
- Scholarships and Grants
- College Savings Plans
- Federal Student Loans
- Private Student Loans
- Financial Aid 101
Other Financial Aid Applications
While all applicants for federal financial aid must complete the FAFSA, some colleges or scholarship organizations require students to complete additional applications to be considered for non-federal forms of financial aid. Check with your school's financial aid office to see what they require.
The most common form in this category is the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile). This form is used by many private colleges and universities and provides an early planning and more in-depth financial reporting tool from which schools make awards of institutionally controlled funds. The Profile form is a fee-based form. Applicants must pay a $9 registration fee and $16 per school that you would like your Profile data sent to.
The Profile asks more detailed questions than the FAFSA about a family's income and assets and provides the information schools need to calculate an Institutional Methodology Expected Family Contribution (IM EFC). The IM EFC is used by these colleges and universities to allocate aid programs funded directly by the Institution. The Profile form also is available for processing slightly earlier in the financial aid cycle (than the FAFSA). See also: FAFSA Online