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FAFSA FAQ's

    • When does FAFSA open?
      • October 1st and closes June 30th. Although you have several months to complete the FAFSA, it is on a first come first serve basis so to speak. In other words, the sooner you apply, the more money becomes available to you.
    • What is Cost of Attendance (COA?)
      • Cost of attendance includes tuition, room and board, books and supplies, travel, miscellaneous fees and estimated personal expenses.
    • What is the Expected Family Contribution or EFC?
      • Your EFC is an index number that college financial aid staff use to determine how much financial aid you would receive if you were to attend their school. It is not a dollar amount.
    • What determines my EFC?
      • The EFC is calculated according to a formula established by Congress. It considers factors like age of oldest parent, how many kids you have in college, household size, parent income and assets, and student income and assets.
    • What is the difference between FAFSA and the CSS Profile
      • The major difference is that the FAFSA provides federal grants, loans, and other types of government assistance. The CSS Profile is an application that universities use to gauge how much non-federal financial aid you need. If you are applying to a CSS Profile school, you still MUST complete the FAFSA.
    • What is Prior Prior Year?
      • Prior-Prior year began in 2016 that allows students and families to file the FAFSA using tax information from two years prior. Also, using the Prior-Prior Year system allows students and families to apply for financial aid in October rather than waiting until January.