The FAFSA officially opened on January 1st! Are you prepared?

FAFSA Submissions: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)officially opened for submission on January 1st and awards are first-come-first-served. File an estimated FAFSA now, as a place holder, to meet your student’s financial aid deadlines and potentially yield a better financial aid award.

Remember: Correct and finalize the FAFSA with updated information once your current year tax return is submitted.

CSS/Profile Submissions: The CSS/Profile (College Scholarship Service) is a financial aid form used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional funds and is generally due around January for Regular Decision applicants. Double-check your financial aid submission deadlines, as they differ by school.

To learn more about the differences between the FAFSA and CSS/Profile forms and for additional guidance, please visit the Smart Track™ program and create a FREE account.

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