Financial aid is intended to make up the difference between what your family can afford to pay and what college costs.

Applying for financial aid is a step-by-step process that students and parents complete together.

Suggested Steps:

1. Use the website financial aid calculators and determine EFC (expected family contribution).

2. You can apply for a FAFSA ID at any time.

3. Check Profile Site

4. Complete FAFSA after October 1st.

From there you will begin to plan to pay for your college education. Some Colleges and Universities require the CSS Financial Aid Profile in addition to the FAFSA.

Below are the FAFSA and CSS Profile application links, as well as several other links offering information about financial aid, and a variety of scholarships and grants.

FAFSA | CSS Profile | FAME | Federal Student Aid | Finaid |Collegeboard | The Tuition Break Program