Plenty of financial aid is available out there, and a lot of it can come from the federal government. The FAFSA is your pathway into receiving some portion of the federal financial aid pie. But there's plenty of information to know about how to use the FAFSA, how to fill it out, how to consider the aid packages that can result from submitting the FAFSA, and more. If you're planning on using the FAFSA to secure some financial aid, then you'll want to be certain to read these tips to make sure that you have all the information you could need about the FAFSA.

After the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE: Tips for Considering your Financial Aid Packages

Financial considerations can make or break the decision to go to your first-choice school, but there are some things to consider that may help make you make your decision.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 14, 2015

An Overview of the FAFSA and the Application Process

There's a lot of federal money available to help you pay for school, but you can't be considered for any of it until you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

An Overview of the CSS PROFILE

When determining a student's eligibility for a financial aid award, each college makes its own determination about using only the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the U.S. Department of Education or both the FAFSA and the PROFILE. (The PROFILE is sometimes referred to as the CSS PROFILE, CSS/Profile, or the Profile.) The PROFILE, which is from the College Board, is used to award private grant and scholarship aid.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 08, 2014

FAFSA Rules: You Can't Win If You Don't Play

What is meant by "You can't win if you don't play"? Simply put, if you want a financial aid award from the federal or state government, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA application.

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

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CSS Profile Tips

Here are some important tips to keep in mind when applying for a financial aid award at a PROFILE college.

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FAFSA, Scholarships, and Loans: An Overview

Figuring out how to pay for college can be an extremely daunting task. Read on for helpful overview information on major sources of funding: FAFSA, Scholarships, and Loans.

By Ryan Hickey updated on October 17, 2013

The FAFSA Application Is Your First Step Toward Receiving a Financial Aid Award

Ever wonder who the largest provider of financial aid is? It’s the federal government! Every year, it doles out more than $86 billion in financial aid awards through grants, loans, and work-study awards to millions of students—and it’s really not complicated to find out if you qualify.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013
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