Know the Deadlines

  • Each college has its own financial aid deadline. Find out each college's required applications and deadlines, located on each school's financial aid webpage.
  • If you're applying to a school through Early Action or Early Decision, those applications will likely be due in the fall.

Satisfy All Requirements

  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the applications, as you may have questions throughout the process.
  • If the student's parents are divorced or separated, find out who needs to fill out the applications.
  • Before starting the FAFSA, both the student and the parent(s) must set up an FSA ID.
  • If a college requires the CSS Profile, a separate application from the FAFSA, complete it online here. If you're not sure if a college required the CSS Profile, check with the financial aid office or view the list of schools here.
  • If a college requests additional information or documentation, send it immediately.

Stay Organized

  • Create a family email address so that everyone can keep track of correspondence sent by the FAFSA, colleges, and others.
  • Keep all passwords safe and in one place.
  • Keep copies of everything you receive and are asked to submit to the financial aid office.

Take Advantage of Resources

  • Attend a FAFSA Day event to receive free help completing the FAFSA.
  • Communicate any special circumstances that affect your family's financial situation by writing to the financial aid office at each school on your list.
  • Contact our College Planning Team or request a one-on-one appointment for assistance completing your forms.