Should I wait until I have been accepted at Ithaca before filing the CSS Profile and FAFSA?

No, you do not need to be accepted at the College in order to apply for financial aid. If you wait until you are accepted, it will delay your notification of aid eligibility. File your CSS Profile and FAFSA applications as early as possible, but no sooner than October 1 for CSS Profile or January 1 for the FAFSA. Remember to meet the priority filing deadline dates to make sure you get the best aid package possible. Use estimated income data if necessary.