The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form students complete to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. The FAFSA is also used for students applying for the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship. The 2024-25 FAFSA is currently being revised by the federal government and will be available in December 2023.
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The CSS Profile, short for "College Scholarship Service Profile," is an online application used by many colleges and universities to determine a student's eligibility for non-federal financial aid, such as institutional scholarships, grants, and need-based aid. College Board administers the CSS Profile.
Many private and selective institutions require the CSS Profile to assess a student's eligibility for their own financial aid programs. These institutions often have their own specific financial aid criteria and deadlines, which can differ from those of the FAFSA. Students and their families must complete the CSS Profile online (typically available in the fall for the following school year) and submit it along with any required documentation and fees. It's recommended to check the specific deadlines for each college since they can vary.