Urgent Information for Early Action/Early Decision College Students


Confused Student

By: Brian Safdari

Keywords: Financial Aid Deadline, Financial Aid, College Admission, College Planning, Planning for College, Free Money, College Application, Early Action, CSS Profile, FAFSA

This week we kick off our new, online blog with exciting information from College Planning Experts.  Before we dive into our important info on CSS Profiles, we want to take time out for all the families that were affected in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.  If you would like to make a donation to the American Red Cross please Click Here. They have raised over $6 million in response to this typhoon.


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Here at College Planning Experts, we plan to start this college season the right way, by providing families with exclusive content that is sure to help you with your college planning.

Here are some key take-aways if you applied early action/early decision (or if you want to get a jump start) for schools that require the CSS Profile:

  • Early action deadline for most CSS Profiles are due today November 15th, 2013
  • There are over 250 questions on the CSS Profile
  • Did you know over 90% of the forms are filled out with errors?  Fill it out error free and on time in order to get Free Money for college
  • Contact an Expert to ensure your Financial Aid forms are filled our correctly
  • Profile Costs – $16 per school and a one-time $9 Application Fee
  • Over 350 schools require the CSS Profile (Check to see if your schools do)

Financial Aid

Applying to college is one of the most pivotal points in a student’s professional career.  Just the application process alone could be confusing and intimidating. Since colleges get more and more competitive every year, it is best to know exactly what to do and when to do it to stay ahead of the game.  By knowing what to do and taking action, your chances of getting the results you want will be significantly higher than those lost in the process.

So you’ve just applied to your dream school, now what?  Applying for Financial Aid.  Here is where the college planning process gets even more confusing. If you want to pay full price for college then this article is not for you.  However, to get a “discount” on college, or to not pay the “sticker price” then applying for financial aid correctly is a must!

There are 2 main types of financial aid forms: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile.  To learn more about the different types of financial aid visit our “Resource” tab on our website.

CSS Profile Early Action

If you applied to a competitive private school, then you will most likely be filling out a CSS Profile.  For early action/decision the CSS Profile is due by November 15, 2013.  The College Scholarship Service Profile is distributed by College Board and serves about 400 colleges and scholarship programs.  This is different from the FAFSA, which is due early 2014. The CSS Profile requires more in depth information and is used by most private colleges as their basis for giving financial aid.  This is in addition to the FAFSA.

Start NOW!

If you applied early action/decision and have not started on your CSS Profile, you need to do it NOW!  To make sure you fill out your financial aid forms correctly you have less than 2 weeks to receive help and turn it in late.  Turning it in late, with no errors, is better then not turning it in at all.  If you have not already attended our Free College Planning Workshop, you can give us a call and we will let you speak to an expert to get your issues resolved.

There are over 250 questions ranging from family size, federal income tax, & other financial information.  Rather than just filling it out blindly, make sure you fill it out error free. Avoid making mistakes by contacting an expert, and better your chances of receiving Free Money.

Filling out your CSS Profile is necessary in order to guarantee your maximum eligibility for free money for college.  For more information on how to get Free money for college attend our Free College Planning Workshop. Take control of the college process, don’t let it control you.  Also for expert advice or immediate contact give us a call at (661) 295-9946.

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