FAFSA is the application for federal student aid (grants, federal work-study, and student loans). PROFILE is an application used by some schools for non-federal financial aid and scholarships. Both are available starting October 1. It’s a good idea to be an early bird, as grants and other aid are typically offered on a first come, first served basis. This month, register for a Federal Student Aid ID so you have one when FAFSA filing opens on October 1st.

Updated: August 22, 2018