Financial Aid Application Tips

Navigating finances, FAFSA, loans, and scams can seem daunting. Here are some tips to make the process easier and more understandable.

General Financial Aid Tips

Complete Forms at the Same Time

Getting all of the financial information organized to complete for the FAFSA & CSS/Profile can be daunting. Don't make it worse by having to organize twice. Plan ahead, block out some time to focus on the FAFSA and CSS/Profile to complete them together.

Have Tax Information Handy

Both FAFSA and CSS/Profile will require the tax information from two years ago (2017 income tax information is needed for the 2019-2020 academic year). Have this tax information nearby when completing the financial aid applications. You may need to reference it more than once.

Review Resources

Tips from the College Board
College navigator
Tips from the Department of Education


CSS/PROFILE Tips

Syracuse University requires undergraduate students interested in applying for Syracuse University Grant to file the CSS/PROFILE annually. Use the guide below to assist you when filing your CSS/PROFILE.

CSS/PROFILE Guide


FAFSA Tips

Syracuse University requires all students interested in applying for federal financial aid to file the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. To avoid common mistakes, check out the following resources.

FAFSA 101
FAFSA FAQs
FAFSA4caster – Receive an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid
Common FAFSA Mistakes


Loan Tips

Avoiding Deceptive Student Loan Relief Offers
The Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates


Warnings about Financial Aid Consultants and Scholarship Scams

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Fact Sheet