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Key Financial Aid Milestones

It's never too early to start taking steps to get the best financial aid for college.

The sooner you learn about financial aid and make college financing plans, the more aid you're likely to get. Here's a timeline that works for most students.

Before Senior Year

  • Talk to your parents about how they can help you pay for college. Find out how much college cost they are prepared to cover.
  • Look over the FAFSA aid application with your parents.
  • Start looking for scholarships and get familiar with their requirements.
  • Take the PSAT if you hope to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.

During Senior Year

  • Find out the aid application requirements at your colleges, especially deadlines.
  • Continue your scholarship search for private scholarships.
  • Don't let your grades slide. The better your senior grades, the better your chances of qualifying for and keeping scholarships. Do whatever it takes to excel academically.
  • Submit your FAFSA and other aid applications as soon as possible after October 1, and no later than the earliest college deadline. Send any supplementary forms required by the colleges you're applying to.
  • Review your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on your Student Aid Report (SAR). Make sure the figures they used to calculate your EFC are accurate. If not, follow the instructions on the SAR.
  • Evaluate all aid offers before you make your decision. Determine the net price of each college.
  • Appeal an award if you have documentation to back up your claim.
  • Return the signed financial aid award letter to the college you plan to attend, keeping a copy for your records.

What's Next?

  • To get a preview of your potential EFC, use our EFC Calculator.
  • Find out more about the FAFSA and PROFILE aid applications.
  • Review the College Profiles to see the average merit and need-based awards at the colleges you are considering.

Note: Financial information provided on this site is of a general nature and may not apply to your situation. Contact a financial or tax advisor before acting on such information.

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COLLEGEdata Dollars are
points you earn by
completing certain
COLLEGEdata activities

Ways to earn
COLLEGEdata Dollars:

  • Complete your Admissions Profile.
  • Add colleges to your College Choices.
  • Update your Admissions Statuses.
  • Use the College Match tool.

What are COLLEGEdata Dollars (CD$)?

COLLEGEdata Dollars (CD$) are points you earn by completing certain COLLEGEdata activities. The maximum number of CD$ you can redeem is 5000. Once you have earned at least 2500 CD$, you can redeem them for $25, which will be provided to you on a Loyalty Card, and once you earn another 2500 CD$, you can redeem those CD$ for a second $25, which will also be provided to you on a Loyalty Card.

Earn points and redeem them for
U.S. Dollars

Complete certain COLLEGEdata activities (for example, signing up, starting your Admissions Profile, searching for colleges, calculating your chances for admission, searching for scholarships, updating your Profile with your admission decisions). Each activity is worth a specific amount of points (CD$). You can redeem the points you earn for U.S. Dollars that will be issued to you in the form of a 1st Financial Bank USA Loyalty Mastercard®.

How do I earn COLLEGEdata Dollars?

You can earn CD$ by completing certain COLLEGEdata activities. As soon as you sign up and activate your COLLEGEdata account, explore COLLEGEdata and begin completing COLLEGEdata activities to earn points.

Here is a full list of COLLEGEdata activities for which you may earn CD$ and the number of CD$ you can earn by completing each activity.*

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