College Financial Aid Process
It is important that students who are applying for financial aid visit the website for each college to which they are applying and review the financial aid requirements. Click here for a form to use as a checklist and a place to keep track of user names and passwords. All schools require the FAFSA; however, many schools also require additional forms such as the CSS Profile or their own school specific form. If you would like more detailed information about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may find the following tutorial to be helpful. Please note that this tutorial is for the 2014-15 FAFSA, but we do not anticipate significant changes for the 2015-16 year. http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
As soon as possible, apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number) at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN application process consists of three steps (for both parent and student.) The PIN is an electronic signature for use on the FAFSA website. Families will need two PINS, one for a parent and one for the student :
Step 1: Enter personal information
Step 2: Submit your PIN application
Step 3: Receive your PIN
Keep your PIN in a safe place for future reference as this number will be used as a signature on this and future FAFSA electronic applications.
After January 1, 2015 - Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is critical that you use this address as there are other sites with similar addresses that charge families for completing the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is FREE.
Step 1: Make sure that you choose the correct application. For a Fall 2015 start, the form should be for the 2015/2016 year.
Step 2: Create and keep track of your FAFSA Password.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA using either estimated data based on 2013 tax forms or actual data based on 2014 tax forms if they are complete. Do not wait for tax forms to be complete - many schools have FAFSA deadlines as early as February 1. If you wait until tax forms are complete, you will miss priority filing deadlines, which can limit available aid. Note: you may “save & exit” at any time, then revisit and complete later.
Step 4: When listing schools to receive financial data, we recommend that you list them in alphabetical order to prevent schools from guessing which one is your top choice. Schools that receive the FAFSA will be able to see the other colleges indicated on your form.
Step 5: Once the form has been processed, you will receive the Student Aid Report (SAR). Review all data for accuracy and make corrections if necessary. This report will provide you with a key piece of information, your EFC – Expected Family Contribution.
For assistance completing the FAFSA attend "College Goal Sunday"
Sunday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA 02532
Please register at: http://www.fafsaday.org/registration.php?site_code=62
The CSS Profile
Administered by the College Board
Some colleges (particularly private colleges) require the CSS profile in addition to the FAFSA. Students can visit the
CSS Website for a list of schools that require this form.
Step 1: Make sure that you choose the correct application. For a Fall 2015 start, the form should be for the 2015/2016 academic year.
Step 2: Register – this step needs to be completed in one sitting.
Step 3: Complete the application. Note: you may “save & exit” at any time, then revisit and complete later.
Step 4: Submit the application including payment: $25 for application and initial school report; $16 each additional school report.
Individual College Financial Aid Forms
It may be necessary to complete a form specific to a particular college/university. Some may require that you submit electronically, others may request paper forms. It is important to keep track of your username and password for each school.
Once you have submitted all required documents, you and your child should carefully monitor e-mail and paper mail for requests for additional information from the financial aid offices. Colleges may ask for tax transcripts, verification forms or other documents.
- Here are a few suggested resources for researching scholarships: