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How Crimson Helps
CSS, IDOC & FAFSA
Financial Aid Eligibility
The Crimson Financial Aid Team helps students and their families with comprehensive financial aid application support, including university merit scholarship identification.
In addition, we teach students how to find and research external funding resources. With the help of Crimson Application & Essay Mentors, we ensure students are able to build strong scholarship applications.
We understand how confusing these processes can be, and that every family’s needs are different. Keep reading to find out more about our financial aid and merit scholarship services!
First, what are the CSS Profile, IDOC platform and FAFSA? Let’s start with some definitions:
At Crimson we guide families through each step, answering any questions they may have about the financial aid application process, including how & when to reach out to the individual schools.
Many families come to us uncertain as to where they stand when it comes to financial aid eligibility. Crimson’s Financial Aid Mentors have many years of experience, and can assess your family’s financial situation in relation to the colleges you are applying to.
Here are just two examples of how we can help:
Special circumstances are defined as anything that creates a financial hardship for your family that could have a negative impact on your ability to pay for college. Our Financial Aid Mentors help students and their family understand what these are and counsel them on how to notify their prospective colleges so that any applicable circumstance(s) can be considered when evaluating a student’s financial need.
If you are are parent and are unsure if your student will qualify for need-based financial aid (in other words, if you are wondering if completing the FAFSA or the CSS Profile is 'worth it'), we can help by explaining how your family's finances might be evaluated by both public and private universities.
There are two types of merit scholarships students can consider: those offered by the colleges they are applying to, and those offered by external organizations that are not attached to any specific university.
In both cases, our Financial Aid Mentors help students and their Crimson teams to:
These scholarships have been game changers for hundreds of Crimson students who have been offered everything from a few thousand dollars towards their tuition, to full-ride scholarships!
Morgan Dyson leads Crimson's Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships team and has personally helped students gain financial aid from Ivy League schools including Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, & Yale as well as other top colleges such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Duke, Rice, the University of Michigan, Washington University-St.Louis, Fordham, Lehigh, Rutgers, and many, many more. You can learn more about Morgan below.