by Tara Piantanida-Kelly, former financial aid officer at Menlo College
This time of year, I talk to a lot of parents who are anxious about completing financial aid applications. They’ll ask “Do we really need to complete the FAFSA (and CSS Profile, if applicable)?” And my answer is always “No. But there may be some reasons you may want to complete them.”
No one is required to complete a financial aid application. But before you throw your hat up in the air in celebration of a to-do you can cross off the list, consider these hidden benefits that may change your mind about completing the form(s).