RISLA’s College Planning Center offers free services to Rhode Island students and parents in preparing, planning, and paying for their educational journey.
Apply for an FSA ID at studentaid.gov. Your FSA ID will consist of a username and a password that will enable you to “sign” documents electronically and make corrections to your FAFSA, if needed. Both the parent and student must apply for a separate FSA ID, using different email addresses.
The FAFSA is used by all colleges to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your eligibility for federal and state aid. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for institutional aid.
File the FAFSA anytime after October 1 and before your college’s deadline.
(IF REQUIRED BY SCHOOL)
Some private colleges require a CSS PROFILE
application or an institutional financial aid form to determine your eligibility for their own sources of financial aid.
The profile application can be completed as early as October and is available at cssprofile.collegeboard.org.
Make sure you know if you need to file any forms in addition to the FAFSA and be sure to submit them by the school’s specified deadline.
Check out the quick and easy links below to help get you started.
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Experts can guide parents and students with financial aid award letters and find resources to help finance the finance gap.
When you receive your financial aid award letters from colleges that accepted you, there will be some tough decisions to make. Follow these steps to determine which aid package best meets your family’s needs.
Keep track of your college costs with an easy-to-use worksheet. This worksheet allows you to track and compare costs with multiple colleges. Taking the time to do the math can save you more in the end!