Resources for College-bound Students
College Process Timeline
It's never too early to think about the college application process! As ninth grade begins, everything suddenly matters. Be thoughtful and deliberate in following your passions and interests - that is how a strong profile starts to develop. This is the perfect time for students to begin strengthening their profiles through extracurriculars and summer opportunities, set academic goals for each grade level, and get a head start on preparation for the college application process.
Financial Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile Information
How do colleges determine a family's EFC (Expected Family Contribution) or how much a family should be able to contribute? The student and parents must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit it with accompanying documents. In addition, many private colleges require a second form called the CSS Profile. The student must also carefully read the instructions for each college as some will require institution-specific questions.