CSS PROFILE short for the College Scholarship Service Profile,
is an application distributed by the College Board in the
United States allowing college students at certain private
colleges and universities 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 allows the
school to ask tailored, customized questions about a
student's financial aid situation that the FAFSA does not.
The CSS Profile asks
questions about the financial status of the student, the
student's parents and the student's siblings. 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.
Completing the CSS Profile costs a fee from collegeboard.com.
Through the years it has remained at, and continues to
remain at for the 2016-2017 application, $25 for the
first school and an additional $16 for any other schools
is important to note that the FAFSA is free, yet the CSS
Profile is not.