Your aid will vary by school, and be based on academic merit, financial need, or other factors.
There are a wide array of types of financial aid available to students going to school. Learn more with our guide.
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students must fill out this form in order to determine aid eligibility at each college they are applying to.
The CSS Profile is a much more robust application than the FAFSA. It's used by several hundred private colleges in place of the FAFSA to determine your financial need.
After a student’s FAFSA is reviewed, the federal government assigns an EFC, or Expected Family Contribution. It is the amount the government thinks you could contribute to college per year based on your financial situation.
Get the list of deadlines you need to know about.
Lots of things can factor into your EFC. We’ll break it down for you so you know why you got the number you did.
Yes - because it could help you in other ways. See why.
Merit scholarships are awarded to candidates who demonstrate exceptional academic performance or exhibit some other qualification other than strictly financial need. Here's how to get them.
See whether the value of your home will be counted in financial aid calculations, and the impact on your aid.
Estimate how much you'll need for college, and make your plan for how best to save.
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