How to Prepare for Your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile Appointment

Free services offered by the RISLA College Planning Center

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College Planning Assistance

Planning and paying for college can be overwhelming. Talking with an experienced counselor can help. We can break this down to a manageable timeline with you, as well as answer your questions.

College Essay Reviews

College Essay Reviews

Due to the high volume for FAFSA completions, we are unable to schedule Essay review appointments at this time

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Scholarship Search Tool

Local scholarships are a great way to help pay for book & living expenses while reducing the amount you need to borrow. Get started searching at

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Financial Aid Guidance

Learn what steps you should be taking to prepare for paying for college and get information on eligibility, types of aid, sources of aid and more.

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Applying for Financial Aid

Get expert guidance filing your FAFSA and CSS Profile, turning a long, painful process into a stress-free one.

Comparing Financial Aid Awards

Comparing Financial Aid Awards

How do you know which school offered your family the best financial aid package? We can help you compare awards side-by-side, giving you the info you need to make the best deicison for your family.

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Financing Options Guidance

If you need to borrow for college, you should know what to look for in a student loan and make sure you don't overborrow.

College Admissions

Events & Seminars

Can't make it to a one-on-one appointment? Check out our list of events and seminars to help you plan and pay for college.

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Enter to Win a $2,000 Scholarship

In order to help Rhode Island residents cover tuition, reduce the need for college borrowing, and increase their knowledge of financial topics related to student lending, RISLA’s Knowledge for College Scholarship provides a chance for entrants to win scholarship funds while in their senior year of high school or any year of college.

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Planning for College

We can help take the stress out of the college planning process. Get free in person help or explore the college planning on our site. 

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Paying for College

Learn about financial aid and free money for college. Get free assistance completing financial aid applications.

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CPC Warwick Mall

Warwick Mall

400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI
Call 401-736-3170
CPC Northern RI

Northern RI

Please note our new Northern RI location
652 George Washington Highway, 4th Floor  |  Lincoln, RI
Please call 401-736-3170

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