Start the Step-by-Step FAFSA Tutorial for Completing the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
This step-by-step guide provides a tutorial overview of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is based on the bestselling book, Filing the FAFSA.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form from the College Board is used by about 250 mostly private colleges to award their own financial aid funds. The FAFSA is still used for awarding federal and state aid at these schools. The CSS PROFILE asks more questions than the FAFSA.
Differences Between the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE Forms
There are more than a dozen important differences between the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE financial aid application forms. These differences affect the treatment of assets, income and the number of children in college, among other aspects of the financial aid formulas.
Institutional Applications for Student Financial Aid
Some colleges supplement the FAFSA with their own financial aid forms, such as forms to be completed by the non-custodial parent when the student’s parents are divorced or separated, forms for families with unusual circumstances, as well as more traditional application forms.
State Applications for Student Financial Aid
Although most states rely on the FAFSA for awarding state grants and other forms of state student aid, some states require additional forms to request information that is not available on the FAFSA.