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Commonly asked questions about (re)applying for aid

December 14, 2011

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Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get this time of year from undergrads and their parents about reapplying for financial aid…

What do I have to do?

I receive the Lewis & Clark Grant. What do I need to do to apply for this grant again next year?

The LC Grant is need-based. In order to apply for renewal of this grant, you will need to file both the 2012-13 FAFSA and CSS Profile. (See the links above for instructions.)

My parents are separated/divorced. How do I determine which one needs to submit information on my financial aid applications?

Even if your parents plan to split the cost of your education, the application process for financial aid requires that only one parent’s (and stepparent, if remarried) information is submitted on both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.  Federal regulations require that you determine which parent is your “custodial parent” for financial aid purposes in the following manner:

  1. Your custodial parent is the parent with whom you lived more than half the time during the past 12 months.
  2. If you lived with each parent for exactly equal amounts of time (rare), your custodial parent is the parent who provided more than half of your financial support in the past 12 months.

My parent is self-employed and doesn’t file taxes until much later in the year. What should I do?

File your financial aid applications with estimated figures. Correct the income data once your parent has filed taxes for 2011, if necessary. If your application is selected for verification, email us at to let us know when you expect tax documents to be available.

My family has experienced a drastic change in circumstances. How do I make sure this is reflected on my financial aid application?

  • Complete your FAFSA and CSS Profile as instructed, even if the data that you are asked to report does not reflect your family’s current situation.
  • Toward the end of the CSS Profile is a section that allows you to explain special circumstances. Give a brief description of your situation there. We read all of those explanations and can follow up with you if more information or documentation is necessary.
  • Review the information on Responding to Changing Circumstances. If you meet the criteria for reconsideration, submit the listed documents to us.