The FAFSA is required by all American colleges and universities to grant federal and state financial aid. This is a free form—there is no processing fee. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents to be eligible for any federal funds. If the student is male and at least 18 years old, the student must also register with the Selective Service System in order to receive federal aid.
Students must submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible, but not before. The FAFSA collects information about student and parent income, assets, and expenses. The information provided is analyzed to determine how much a family can reasonably be expected to pay toward meeting college costs.
The FAFSA can be completed using estimates and actual figures can be provided later. When this analysis is complete, students can expect to receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) within three to five days after electronic submission. Students should review the SAR carefully, and resubmit the form if errors appear.
The Profile is required by many private colleges and universities, as well as scholarship programs, to grant institutional financial aid. This form is not free and there is a processing fee along with a charge for every college to which the application is sent. This form may only be submitted online and is available through the College Board website.
Some colleges will require completion of their own financial aid forms instead of, or in addition to, the Profile. Students should read the colleges’ financial aid information to see what the deadlines are for receipt of any additional forms.
International students applying for financial aid typically are required to complete the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application and the Certificate of Finances available directly from a college. The Certificate of Finances is required of all international students, even those who do not require aid. Canadian students are typically asked to file the Profile only. It is important to carefully read instructions provided by each college and follow them with care.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.