FAFSA forms are available
in the Guidance Office. CSS Profile registration forms have been available
since September. Most colleges only require the FAFSA, but a few colleges
require both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile and may also require an additional
institutional aid application. Seniors should check with the college they
plan to attend to ensure that they complete all necessary forms. Also,
seniors should see their counselor if they have general questions about
to apply for financial aid should make note of the following points:
- 1. Complete all
necessary forms. Many colleges need the information from the financial
aid form(s) in order to award institutional funds. Students should not
assume that they are not eligible for financial aid.
- 2. Proof your
FAFSA carefully. Errors will cause delays and a possible reduction in
the aid package.
- 3. Make a copy
of your completed forms before mailing them. You should maintain a file
- 4. Apply early.
Many colleges have a priority deadline for FAFSA forms, so students
will receive a better aid package if they mail their financial aid forms
as soon after January 1 as possible. However, students should not mail
them before January 1. They will be returned, and this will delay the
- 5. If parents
do not receive their tax information in time, it may be best to
estimate by using the tax return from the previous year as long as the parents'
financial situation has not changed much from one year to the next..
- 6. If parents
need help completing the FAFSA or CSS Profile, the Educational Opportunity
Center can help. Parents may call 683-2312 to make an appointment at
the Virginia Beach office.
- 7. FAFSA On Line:
The FAFSA can be completed on the Internet at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
instead of using the paper form. Be sure to complete the current year form
and do not transmit it until January 1.
- 8. If students
have unusual circumstances, they should contact the financial aid office
of the college(s) they plan to attend. College financial aid officers
are very willing to work with students and their parents. They usually
recommend that the parent write a letter explaining any extenuating
circumstances and mail a copy to the college financial aid office(s).
- 9. FAFSA and
CSS forms should be mailed at the same time, but not to the same address.
Be sure to follow the separate instructions for each.
- 10. Check the
morning announcements and the financial aid bulletin board for additional
U.S. Department of Education has a toll-free number to answer questions
about Federal student aid programs and assist in completing the FAFSA.
1-800/4FED-AID(1-800/433-3243) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (eastern time) Monday through