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Clearing a Path

We believe that every student who wants to go to college should be able to go to college. That's why we work to clear a path to college for all students by removing barriers that may stand in their way.

Financial aid is essential to shrinking one of the biggest barriers: college costs. Since the 1950s, we've been collaborating with the financial aid community to get students and families the funds they need to make college a reality.

From launching the first national financial aid application to developing Institutional Methodology (IM), our robust need analysis system, we’ve pioneered many of the methods used today to make critical aid decisions—together.

We’re committed to working with you to develop new tools to meet the ever-changing needs of students and institutions, as well as enhancing our existing products:

  • PowerFAIDS
  • CSS Profile
  • Institutional Need Analysis System (INAS®)
  • IDOC
  • Net Price Calculator

Read more about how these tools can help streamline the financial aid process for you and for students.

Decades of Research

We know how important evidence-based data is in developing sound and equitable financial aid policies. For over 30 years, our annual Trends in Higher Education reports have analyzed the costs associated with college and the amount of aid students receive.

These reports are one way we support the development of financial aid policies and practices that increase educational opportunity for all students. We’ll continue conducting research to make sure policymakers have the latest, most accurate data as they develop these policies.