Definition of Financial Aid:
Families are often confused about whether or not they should apply for financial aid. For some, it's an obvious yes because there is great need, while others worry that a college's perception of their need will be different than their own. Even families with a comfortable income ask if applying for financial aid will help or hinder their student in the college application process.
College Find believes the vast majority of families should apply for financial aid. Revealing your family's financial information insures:
Choosing the right college is a critical component to receiving the best aid possible. College Find works diligently to match your student to schools that will value the ability and interests that your student brings to a campus.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid : A form required of all families seeking financial aid. It is available beginning October 1 of the student's senior year. It is best to submit this as early as possible.
CSS Profile : A fee-based form that collects information some private colleges use to award non-federal student aid funds. Like the FAFSA, this form can be submitted as early as the fall of senior year. Check individual due dates of each college.
Institutional Forms: An extra form found on some college financial aid websites that requests additional information from families. It is often used for college-specific scholarships.
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