Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Financial Aid 101

    • Welcome to Financial Aid 101!

    • About Financial Aid 101

  • 2

    Financial Aid 101

    • What is Financial Aid?

    • What is Need - Based Financial Aid?

    • What is Merit - Based Financial Aid?

    • What are Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Student Loans?

    • What are the 3 EFCs?

    • How to Apply For Financial Aid

    • How to Complete the FAFSA Application

    • How to Complete the CSS Profile

  • 3

    Next Steps...

    • Continue the Journey


Chief Technical Officer/Head Coach

Matthew Carpenter

Matt started College Funding Services (CFS) in 2005 in 2005 after realizing both he and his parents had made some major mistakes in navigating the college admissions and financial aid processes. It became Matt’s mission to show other families how to avoid making similar mistakes in one of the biggest investments of their life. Today, Matt is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities within the College Funding niche. Together, with CFS, Matt has successfully guided thousands of families through the college financial aid maze.