What are the Differences between the FAFSA and CSS Profile?

Students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for college financial aid from the federal government, state government and most colleges and universities. For many colleges and universities, the FAFSA is the only form students need to file. However, some colleges require a supplemental form called the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA. The CSS Profile differs from the FAFSA in many ways, including more than twice as many questions.

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