Resources & Information

Understanding FAFSA (2022)

Do you need money to go to college?  This is the first step if you want financial aid from the federal and state government or most colleges. Filling out the FAFSA can be overwhelming. Don’t worry. There is a lot of help!

Click here to download the PDF.
Translations into many other languages are available now here.

Preparing for College: Guide & Workbook
(VA 2022-2023)

⇒ Estimating your college costs
⇒ Tips for completing FASFA
⇒ Finding scholarships
⇒ and more

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College Access Fairfax PowerPoint Presentation Quick Fact Sheets

PowerPoint presentations are available on the Workshop page.

FASFA Quick Fact Sheet (English)    (Spanish)

Paying for College Quick Fact Sheet – (English)    (Spanish)

Scholarships 101 Quick Fact Sheet – PDF

CSS Profile:

An additional financial aid form for select colleges.

Please note:  Our primary focus at CAF is to complete FAFSA and VASA with students and their families, explain the financial aid process, and help students review potential scholarships.  Below are some excellent resources for understanding CSS Profile completion.  The form and its embedded question support is excellent.  If someone has difficulty once they have viewed these supports and have attempted the CSS Profile form,  they can reach out to us and we can take a look at individual questions with them.

Learn More About the CSS Profile (MEFA webinar video)

List of Schools that require the CSS Profile

Complete the CSS Profile online

Information for Undocumented Students including

In-State Tuition, VASA form and Scholarships.

Information for Undocumented Students

Scholarship Resources for Independent Students (homeless, unaccompanied minor, etc.)

Information for Students Attending NOVA including

applying to NOVA, undocumented students at NOVA,

and the NOVA/GMU Advance Program.

Information for Students attending NOVA