HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FAFSA AND CSS PROFILE

October 1 is an important day in the financial aid process. It’s the first day students can access and submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you’re not sure what these forms are and whether or not to submit them, look no further. All the basic information you will need is right here.

Filling Out the FAFSA and CSS Profile WHO SHOULD SUBMIT THESE FORMS? Any U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who is seeking need-based aid from post-secondary institutions must submit the FAFSA, the acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The first thing to understand about the FAFSA is that it is the student’s form, not yours. Many parents complete it on behalf of their child, and if the student is under 18 the parent will be required to co-sign. But when the questions refer to “you” or “your” they are addressing the student, not the parent.

Before beginning the FAFSA, the student must initiate the process by creating their Federal Student Aid Identification number, or FSA ID. It is their electronic signature. Once that’s created, the parent can create their own FSA ID if they expect to co-sign the FAFSA or want access to it. To create your FSA ID, go here: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.