What to expect from the financial aid process this fall...
FAFSA open date remains “sometime” in December
The Department of Education still won’t commit to a live
Most financial aid offices I've spoken with assume it will be the very end of December, which effectively means January. While colleges are moving their FAFSA submission deadlines to February 1 and later, this collapsed timeframe will result in frenzy and stress for students and us counselors that support
Be prepared to support students and parents with FAFSA completion when you return from winter break. What support and resources can you have in place before January? How will you manage support for seniors on the financial aid process at a time when you
typically shift focus to your junior class?
CSS Profile will still open on October 1st
Advantage College Board and Profile colleges.
This is especially the case for Profile colleges that offer ED because they'll be able to collect the
financials they need to package their ED admits (with some caveats). More on the ED process for financial aid in my next edition later this month.
College Board even held a vendor session at NASFAA highlighting their October 1 opening and other advantages. Will more
colleges, especially ED colleges that have previously relied only on the FAFSA, adopt the CSS Profile? My bet: YES. CSS Profile website has not updated their list of participating schools for 2024-25 yet, but keep an eye out for a growing list.