On October 1, the CSS Profile opens up. Many schools require the CSS Profile to be considered for need-based aid, and in some cases, merit-based scholarships. Some schools require that you complete the CSS Profile AND the FAFSA (which will be opening in December).
Here is the list of schools that require the CSS Profile.
Typically, the FAFSA opens up on October 1, but the FAFSA is going through some significant changes this upcoming cycle, so you won’t be able to fill out that form until December.
Here are some of the main things you need to know about the changes to the FAFSA.