Navigating Financial Aid

    • Contact the financial aid offices of the colleges to which you are applying for financial aid information specific to that college.
    • In September, get your FAFSA ID (FSA ID).  You will do this 2 times, once for the student with the student's email address and once for a parent with their email address.  This ID will be necessary for e-signatures, to check filing status, and to make changes on your FAFSA. Both student and a parent need a FAFSA ID and be sure to make a note of the email address and password you each chose. 
       
    • The FAFSA is available beginning on October 1 for the following school year.  Some financial aid is first-come, first-serve so fill it out AS SOON AS YOU CAN.  NOTE: Use www.fafsa.ed.gov. Do not go to fafsa.com. They are a fee-charging organization.
    • If a school requires the "CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE", complete this very detailed profile of your financial situation before January 1. Click here for a list of schools that require the CSS. NOTE: Early Decision/Early Action schools often require the CSS Profile at the same time as the application deadline (usually mid-November).
    • After Winter Break,visit OSAC (Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion) when scholarship applications will be available. Most are due March 1.
       
    • Visit Naviance frequently for updated scholarship information as well as links to more financial aid resources.
       
    • Keep a copy of every financial aid form and supporting document that you send out. Also, keep copies of any correspondence and notes of conversations you have with financial aid officers.
       
    • Beware of financial aid scams