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One of the benefits of applying Early Decision is that we can provide you with an estimated financial aid award in December. If you wish to receive an estimated financial aid award, complete the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE by the priority date of November 1. The CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE can be completed online (beginning October 1) at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile. UM will also be requiring the Noncustodial PROFILE. For more information and FAQ's visit the NCP Help desk.

Once we receive your CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE and you are admitted to the university, we will send you an Early Estimated Financial Aid Award. This award is only an estimate. To receive your final financial aid award, you must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available January 1. We will not be able to provide you with an official financial aid award until you complete BOTH the CSS PROFILE and the FAFSA for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

To be considered for all types of need-based aid, students must submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE (PROFILE).
Note: Only U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents should complete these financial aid applications. Foreign applicants are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

1. FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for state and federal need-based aid including direct loans, federal work study and grants.

2. CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE is used to determine your eligibility for University of Miami institutional need-based funds.

Applying for financial aid consists of five easy steps. The student guide provides an overview of the basic information needed to complete your PROFILE application.

Completing the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE: Five Easy Steps
Step #1. Register: The PROFILE application is tailored to your family situation, based on your registration answers and the colleges or programs you select. After registering, you can securely save your application and return to complete it at any time, 24/7, using your collegeboard.org username and password.

Step #2. Complete the Application:  Use the customized Pre – Application Worksheet and Application Instructions to help you complete the PROFILE. As you answer questions, the system provides online help and edits to minimize mistakes.

Step #3. Submit the Application: The date and time you submit your completed application will be recorded based on Eastern Time. You pay online and will receive an online PROFILE Acknowledgment as a record of your payment and application information. The Acknowledgment may include your next steps to complete your financial aid application process, so be sure to print a copy for your records.

Step #4. Submit signed copies of prior year (2013) federal tax returns (along with all schedules) and employer W-2(s): Please provide this information via mail, fax, or email to the Office of Financial Assistance

Step #5. Qualify: Once your PROFILE application and tax returns are received, and if you are admitted, you will receive an early estimated financial aid award if you qualify. This award is only an estimate.

To receive your final financial aid award, complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be available January 1, 2015, by February 1. In addition you must submit SIGNED copies of parent and student 2014 Federal Tax Returns (along with all schedules) and 2014 employer W-2(s) by April 15, 2015.

Mailing Address:
Office of Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 248187
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5240

Fax: 305-284-4082

Costs: The fee for the initial application and one college or program report is $25. At any time, you may add a college or program by going to the PROFILE home page and clicking "Add Colleges to Submitted Application." You will be charged $16 for each college or program you add. You may not delete any recipients once you have submitted your application. A limited number of fee waivers are granted automatically by CSS – based on the information entered on the PROFILE application – to students who are first-time college applicants and are from families with very low incomes and assets. This waiver covers the application fee and the reporting fees for up to six colleges or scholarship programs. Any unused fee – waiver eligibility will be automatically applied to your charges.

Important Dates
To be eligible to receive UM/Institutional Need-based Aid: Complete the CSS PROFILE by November 1 (priority date).

To be eligible to receive Federal, State, and/or UM Need-Based Aid: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1(priority date).

Need Help?
Contact the CSS PROFILE customer support at 305-829-9793 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., January through April) or email help@cssprofile.org.

Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the cost of attending UM for you and your family.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance Services by e-mail at ofas@miami.edu or by phone at (305) 284-5212.