The Financial Aid Applications
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. 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.
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.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Determines your eligibility for need-based federal and state grants, low interest federal student loans, and federal work-study.
- CSS/PROFILE: 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you complete this online form, remember to add F&M's FAFSA Code 003265. Also, check out the tutorial below: "7 Steps to the FAFSA." Created by the University of California, Santa Barbara's talented staff and student employees, to help you successfully fill out your FAFSA!Complete the FAFSA
Tax Documents include your Federal Tax Return, all W2s and all schedules. F&M uses the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) for the collection of 2015 federal tax documents. The email from College Board/IDOC will provide you with instructions on how to send your information.
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.