The Financial Aid Applications
The CSS/PROFILE is an online aid application used to determine your eligibility for INSTITUTIONAL need-based aid from Franklin & Marshall College. It is administered by the College Board and there is a fee to apply. The first application is $25 and reports to additional schools are $16 each. F&M's CSS/PROFILE Code: 2261.Complete the PROFILE
The 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 College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) collects tax documents and other supplemental financial aid forms on behalf of the Office of Financial Aid. Since it is a secured website, it is our preferred and required method for you to submit of all of your financial aid documents .Understanding IDOC
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.
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 (subsidized and unsubsidized) and Federal Work-Study.
Determines eligibility for F&M’s need-based grants, scholarships and loan. Students who receive F&M’s need-based aid 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 every academic year.
Students With Divorced/Separated Parents
Franklin & Marshall College recognizes that parents do not end their relationship with their children when they divorce/separate 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.
If the student’s biological/adoptive parents do not share the same household, both the student's biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS/PROFILE application. Each parent will access their CSS/PROFILE with different College Board log-in credentials.
- It is highly recommended that the student and the custodial parent start the CSS/PROFILE application first. Although the noncustodial parent can start the application at any time, the noncustodial parent will not be able to complete the application until the student selects a college that requires the CSS/PROFILE from the noncustodial parent.
- The noncustodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing their information.
- The student’s noncustodial parent pays a $25 fee for the CSS/PROFILE application. A fee waiver may be granted by the College Board based on the information entered on the noncustodial parent’s application for low-income parents.
- To maintain confidentiality, the student and the custodial parent will need to ensure that the noncustodial parent does not know the student’s College Board account password.
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 Noncustodial Parent Information
The Office of Financial Aid recognizes that extenuating circumstances in individual cases may make it impossible to obtain information and/or support of the noncustodial parent. 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 providing information for the noncustodial parent.
- 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 Parent Information 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 Noncustodial Parent Information 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 Noncustodial Parent Information form by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.