The Financial Aid Applications


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application for FEDERAL student aid. There is NO FEE to apply. To help you successfully fill out the FAFSA, view the tutorial below  "7 Steps to the FAFSA" created by the University of California, Santa Barbara's talented staff and student employees. F&M's FAFSA Code 003265.

Complete the FAFSA


The CSS/PROFILE is an online aid application used by some 400 colleges. Administered by the College Board, it helps us determine your eligibility for F&M's INSTITUTIONAL need-based aid. Unlike the FAFSA, there is a fee to apply. The first application is $25 and reports to additional schools are $16 each. F&M's PROFILE Code: 2261.

Complete the PROFILE

MyAid - Your F&M Financial Aid Portal

After submitting your admission and financial aid applications, the Office of Financial Aid will send you an email with instructions for accessing your F&M financial aid portal, MyAid. You will be responsible for tracking the status of your financial aid documents and other requirements you must meet to process your aid.    

Access MyAid

2018-2019 Financial Aid Document Deadline Dates

  • CSS/PROFILE  (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)
  • 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • 2016 Tax Documents
  • CSS/PROFILE  (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)
  • 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • 2016 Tax Documents
  • CSS/PROFILE  (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)
  • 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • 2016 Tax Documents
  • CSS/PROFILE  (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)
  • 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • 2016 Tax Documents

Difference Between the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE

It is the policy of Franklin & Marshall College to expect information and financial support from both biological/adoptive parents of students applying to F&M for financial aid. Parents who live in the same household, regardless of legal status, or who reside separately for employment purposes only, are not considered separated, and information for both parents must be reported on the CSS/PROFILE and the FAFSA.

  • The custodial parent is required to provide income, asset, and other information on both the CSS/PROFILE and the FAFSA.
  • The noncustodial parent is expected to provide information on the Noncustodial PROFILE. If either parent has remarried, the stepparent’s information must be included.


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Determines your eligibility for need-based federal and state grants, low interest federal student loans, and federal work-study.  This includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Direct Student Loan and Federal Work-Study.


Determines eligibility for F&M’s need-based institutional grants and scholarships. Students who receive F&M’s need-based institutional grants and scholarships in their first year are normally guaranteed aid renewal for the next three (3) years, not to exceed a total of eight (8) semesters. Students must be enrolled full-time, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate eligibility by filing the CSS/PROFILE form every academic year.

Noncustodial PROFILE

If the student’s biological/adoptive parents do not share the same household, the student is sent an email upon completion of the registration portion of the PROFILE. The email will include a link to the NCP application. The student will be instructed to forward that email to the noncustodial parent. If the student misplaces or does not receive the NCP email, he or she can call PROFILE Customer Support at 844-202-0524. At the student’s request, CSS will send the NCP email to the student or directly to the noncustodial parent. When the noncustodial parent accesses the application, he or she is instructed to immediately change the password, thus securing the privacy of his or her information.

Franklin & Marshall College requires the Noncustodial PROFILE because we want to treat all parents equally. We recognize that parents do not end their relationship with their children when they divorce and that all parents have a responsibility to provide for their children. We do not think it is fair to ask students who have two married parents to pay more for college than students with two parents who are not married to each other.

The Office of Financial Aid is careful to safeguard the privacy of all families and will not allow one parent to see the information submitted by the other. All education records, including financial aid applications and supporting documentation, are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Families need to remember that both the federal government and Franklin & Marshall College consider it the family’s primary responsibility to pay for their child’s education and will not determine financial aid eligibility until we have assessed the family’s ability to pay.


Petition to Waive the Noncustodial PROFILE

The Office of Financial Aid recognizes that extenuating circumstances in individual cases may make it impossible to obtain information and/or support. If the noncustodial parent's whereabouts are unknown, if there is an established history of no contact, or if there are certain other extenuating circumstances, we may exempt the student from the Noncustodial PROFILE requirement.

  • Requests based solely on a noncustodial parent’s unwillingness to contribute or submit application materials will not be considered. 

The Office of Financial Aid does not accept the Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Request forms created by College Board or other colleges. Nor do we accept stand-alone third party letters.

Before the Office of Financial Aid will provide the Petition to Waive the CSS Noncustodial Profile Form, a student must have on file with the Office of Admission a completed Common Application and established their financial aid file with the Office of Financial Aid by submitting the CSS/PROFILE and FAFSA.

A student or parent may request F&M's Petition to Waive CSS Noncustodial PROFILE form by sending an email to:

Additional Information

Federal Tax Documents
  • Includes your Federal Tax Return, all W2s and all schedules. 
  • F&M uses the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) for the collection of Federal Tax documents. The email from College Board/IDOC will provide you with instructions on how to send your information. 


Financial Aid Notifications
  • First year and transfer students  accepted to Franklin and Marshall College will receive a hard copy financial aid letter with their admittance packet.
  • Returning students will be reviewed for financial aid at the end of the Spring semester, after Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) has been determined. Students must be making SAP in order to receive federal and institutional need-based aid funds. Financial aid notifications will be sent electronically to returning students starting in mid-June.


International Students

F&M is committed to a diverse student body and provides need-based financial assistance to international students. Additional information and deadline dates are provided under the section heading "Yes, I'm Requesting Financial Aid" on the International Student Admission web page.

Federal Verification

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called Federal Verification. A selected FAFSA requires additional documentation to confirm financial aid eligibility.

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Understanding IDOC

IDOC, or Institutional Documentation Service, serves as a clearinghouse for tax documents by allowing families to submit their paperwork to one location instead of separately to each college to which a student has applied.

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