The CSS Profile vs. the FAFSA & EFC – What’s the difference?

You’re ready to start planning in paying college tuition. But why are there two financial aid forms: the FAFSA and the CSS Profile? How do you prioritize which to fill out? What’s the process? We’re breaking down the differences between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, from applications to deadlines, and everything in between.

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What is the Pell Grant?

In short, a Federal Pell Grant is free money. OK, it’s a little more detailed than that…The “free” financial aid money is awarded to students to help fund their college tuition. So the best part about a Pell Grant? Students don’t have to worry about paying back the funds.

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How to apply for FAFSA: Everything You Need to Know and More!

We’re kicking off the school year right by answering your FAFSA questions: how to apply for FAFSA, your FAFSA application, the FAFSA website, and of course the 2019 to 2020 FAFSA! Grab a slice of pizza and get comfy – we’re diving in!

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What are the keys to financing college tuition? This 2020-2021 Financial Aid Calendar keeps you organized. Watch those FAFSA deadlines!

This financial aid post was originally published on September 21, 2019 and updated on October 8, 2019.

We know you’ve got questions about the FAFSA. When are the deadlines? How do I submit an application? Where do I even start?? Don’t worry; we’ve got the answers to guide you through your journey in financing college tuition!

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Our new “College Financial Aid” section lists universities’ scholarships and grants

NOTE: When this post was originally written, the feature was called “College Scholarships” but has recently been renamed “College Financial Aid.” We have updated the  headline to reflect this but kept the rest of the post the same.

Where we came from

For two years, we’ve built a platform to allow students, counselors, and parents an easy way to find scholarships they’re eligible for, filter through the noise, and apply to their favorites—all right from our platform. Now, over 200,000 students across 10,000 high schools use Going Merry.

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The Only Financial Aid Guide You’ll Ever Need

This how to pay for college article was updated on July 1, 2019. 

Figuring out how to pay for college is often the most difficult part of the application process. Just as the need for a college education is rising, the cost of tuition is skyrocketing. Between 2003 and 2013 alone, the cost of tuition rose by 79% above inflation. Since 1982, the cost has increased by a total of 500%. As a result, about 40% of soon-to-be college students end up turning down their first-choice school and going for a cheaper option

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How to Find Scholarships

Scholarships are easy to find! Tons of scholarship opportunities await applicants needing to cover college expenses. Of course, finding the best scholarships can seem tricky.

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How to Pay for College

“How to pay for college?” It’s a tough question with many solutions, but no definitive answer. This question continually factors into major educational decisions. Forming a budget for college means considering attending in-state vs. out-of-state, your living situation, and the number of registered credits you will need to graduate. Students and parents can be eager to mold the most realistic, stress-free “Paying for College” plan, but the task can truly take a bit of patience.  

Below, you can find a few ideas about using different routes to take care of educational expenses. In this way, you can build up to the larger goal of affording a great school. You can also check out our new budgeting tool – MerryBudget – to help think through your needs.

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EFC for FAFSA: What it is and how to calculate it

Numerous calculations determine the cost of college for a student. Luckily, you don’t need to crunch any numbers, but you should understand where the numbers are coming from. How else will you know if what you’re seeing is what’s best for your situation?

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The Ultimate Guide to Completing the CSS Profile

When it comes to applying for financial aid, most schools and the federal government use the FAFSA to figure out their award packages. But some schools, around 250 to be more exact, use the CSS Profile, which was created by the College Board and looks at student aid from a different perspective. If you’re applying to one of those schools, you’ll need to know how to approach the questions to get as much financial aid as possible.

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The Trickiest FAFSA Questions & How to Approach Them

Every year, college students all over the country complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. The FAFSA determines these students’ eligibility for federal loans, grants, and work-study as well as financial aid at their colleges and universities of choice.

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Everything You Need to Know About Filling Out the FAFSA

Figuring out how to apply for financial aid can be stressful and overwhelming, but it’s really not so bad once you have all the info. The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that the government, along with several colleges and universities, use to determine how much financial aid college students should receive each year.

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