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The 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 added.  It is important to note that the FAFSA is free, yet the CSS Profile is not. 



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Documents Needed To Complete the CSS Profile

To get a complete customized list of what you will need to complete the CSS Profile, register online at: www.collegeboard.com using the student's SAT user ID and password.  Otherwise, we will complete this for you.

You will need records of income earned in the year prior to when you complete the application.  You may also need records of your parents´ income information if you are a dependent student

For the 2017-2018 school year you will need financial information from 2014 + 2015 + estimated 2016.  Be sure to save you and your parent's last pay stub for 2015 if you don't already have your W-2s or taxes completed.  

You will need to refer to:

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Your Social Security Number. Be sure it is correct.

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Your driver's license (if any)

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Your W-2 Forms (if received, last pay stub if not received) and other records of money earned

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Your (and your spouse´s, if you are married) Federal Income Tax Return (if completed)

  • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
  • Foreign Tax Return, or
  • Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau

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Your Parents´ Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)

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You and Your Parents' untaxed income records

  • Veterans non-education benefit records
  • Child support received
  • Worker's compensation

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Your current bank statements

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Your current business, investment and primary residence mortgage information, net worth, year purchased, current value, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records

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Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

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