We strongly recommend that you attend one of the FAFSA Line by Line workshops before you attend the CSS Profile workshop, unless you are already familiar with the FAFSA. We will not have time at the CSS Profile workshop to define and explain the terms and process of the FAFSA, much of which is needed to understand the CSS Profile.
This program is designed for seniors and parents of seniors who have applied to a school which requires the CSS profile.
Not all schools require this form.
The CSS/Financial Aid Profile (often written as CSS PROFILE), short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.
The CSS Profile asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student’s parents. The information the student gives in the CSS Profile is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies.
Along with the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is the most common financial aid application that students in the United States fill out.
Each CSS Profile costs a fee, varying from year to year.
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