How was the 75% on free and reduced lunch figure chosen?
That is the percentage at which the government classifies a school as having a “high poverty” student population and for whom this initiative is designed.
What does this announcement mean for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch but do not attend a high poverty school?
The CSS Profile will still be waived if students make that status known in the admissions process. The only financial aid application that the student needs to submit annually is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Are currently enrolled students who graduated from a high poverty high school eligible for the waiver of filing the CSS Profile?
Do I need to present any documentation to benefit from this new policy?
The Office of Financial Aid has a list of schools classified as “high poverty” from the federal government (as of Fall 2018) and will use this information to proactively waive the CSS Profile requirement for the 2022-23 year and following. However, if a student believes that he/she came from a high poverty school but is still being asked to complete the CSS Profile, that student should contact the Office of Financial Aid to reconcile any conflicting data.
If I qualify for this initiative based on my high school, will I still have to submit tax returns to complete my financial aid file?
Only if your FAFSA is selected for federal verification by the U.S. Department of Education. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you if such documents are required.
By what date do I need to have my 2022-23 FAFSA completed?
Please visit here: https://admissions.lafayette.edu/financial-aid/apply-for-aid/