CSS Profile FAQ

CSS Profile FAQ

Your CSS profile is an important part of securing the required funding for college. Using it correctly is vital to getting those funds. However, the process can be somewhat confusing, especially if you have never been through it before. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the CSS profile.

  1. What is the CSS profile?

The CSS profile, or College Scholarship Service Profile, is an important tool that can help you gain early registration and the financial aid that you need. This tool is used by many schools around the nation and is provided by the College Board of the United States.

  1. How much does it cost?

The cost to file and submit your CSS profile changes on a yearly basis. The fees are very low, though, to better accommodate the applicants in delicate financial situations. Usually, there is a $25 registration fee, as well as an $18-$20 fee for each school that you want your profile submitted to.

  1. What’s covered in the CSS profile?

The profile covers financial background on you and your parents. There are quite a few questions, all of which pertain to sources of money available to you through various sources. These questions are important to answer honestly because your financial aid and college acceptance will be riding on them.

  1. Do all colleges use the CSS profile?

No, the only schools that use the CSS profile are those that offer early registration and acceptance.

  1. Do I have to fill out the FAFSA if I fill out the CSS profile?

Yes, you still have to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA is much more in depth than the CSS profile and is used for other purposes at the college. The CSS profile is a tool designed to help those in need of financial aid get their foot in the door early.

  1. What happens to my CSS profile after submission?

Your application is sent to the College Board of the United States. Once received and filed, the profile is then sent to the specific colleges and universities that you noted on your application, allowing them to appraise your case and determine financial aid awards for you.

  1. How do I know if the school I want to attend requires the CSS profile?

To determine if the profile is required, you can visit the College Board online. They have a comprehensive list of schools that require this information.


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