What is it?The CSS Profile is a financial aid application that grants privately funded aid specific to the institutions you are applying to. For some colleges and universities, this application is mandatory in order to qualify for any form of private aid scholarships. There are 300 colleges and universities listed, so be sure to check if your dream school is on there!
How is it different from the FAFSA?
Are there any fees?Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is not free. There is a $25 fee for the first application, and $16 for each additional. There are fee waivers available.
“CSS Profile fee waivers will be automatically granted to entering undergraduate students who are experiencing hardship due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria based on disaster areas designated by FEMA.”
What do I need to complete it?
•2016 federal income tax return(s)
•W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2016 and 2017
•Records of untaxed income and benefits for 2016 and 2017
•Current bank statements
•Current mortgage information
•Records of savings, stocks, bonds, trusts, and other investments
•The student's noncustodial parent's email address, if applicable