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What is the FAFSA?
- The FAFSA is an online application that is used by all colleges to award federal and state financial aid. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to award their own funds.
Who should file the FAFSA?
- Every student who is even considering attending college in the next year should file the FAFSA.
- Students must complete the FAFSA each year to be considered for financial aid.
When should you file the FAFSA?
- The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 of each year.
- Colleges have different priority filing deadlines. Research deadlines by visiting the financial aid section of each college’s website.
- There’s no downside to submitting your FAFSA as soon as possible. Applying later, especially if you miss a priority deadline, could mean missing out on thousands of dollars of financial aid.
- PROFILE is an online application that some colleges use to award their own funds, such as institutional grants and scholarships.
Who should file PROFILE?
- Check with all of the colleges you are interested in to see if they require PROFILE.
When should you file PROFILE?
- PROFILE becomes available on October 1 of each year.
- Deadlines vary by college and may be as early as fall of your senior year.
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