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The CSS Profile

The CSS Profile

css profile financial aid forms Oct 09, 2021

The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA, beginning October 1st. However, about 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use an additional form, the CSS Profile, to gather more information to award their own institutional funds to deserving students. Students applying to college should check to see if schools on their list require this form. Some scholarship programs also utilize the CSS Profile. It, too, becomes available on October 1st each year.

The Profile provides a more complete picture of your family’s finances; it also provides a way for you to describe special financial circumstances right on your application. Begin by logging
on to the College Board website at

Use your College Board student account and password to begin the Profile process. Alternatively, parents can create a separate account since sensitive financial information will be collected. After logging in to your account, the first step is to register for the correct year (2022-23) for this year’s senior class. Now, complete the application—as you answer questions, the application will be tailored to your family’s financial situation.

The application may be completed in one sitting, or you can save the information and come back to complete it. You will need a number of financial documents, so get these ready before beginning the application. You will find a list of the required documents once you sign in. Answer all questions carefully; answers are saved as you change screens. Unlike the FAFSA, there is a processing and reporting fee for this application.


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