What is the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) and why do I need it? The CSS Profile is an application used by institutions through College Board. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA and is used to give institutions a more thorough look into a student’s finances.

Benefits of the CSS Profile include:

  • Early information about students from low-income backgrounds
  • Flexible options that allow you to adjust the formula for need-based aid
  • Online application access virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so students can meet institutional deadlines
  • An automated fee waiver process that allows qualified students to submit their application without payment
  • Information about special circumstances which help you evaluate the need for additional funds before an appeal
  • An optional noncustodial profile application that provides information about divorced or separated parents

What do you need for the CSS Profile?
Before completing the CSS Profile you will need the following items:

  • 2014 federal income tax return(s), if completed
  • 2013 federal income tax return(s)
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2014
  • Records of untaxed income and benefits for 2013 and 2014
  • Current bank statements
  • Current mortgage information
  • Records of savings, stocks, bonds, trusts, and other investments
  • Your noncustodial parent's email address, if applicable.

Resources for the CSS profile:

  • To learn more about the CSS profile and what schools consider the CSS profile: click here
  • To start your CSS profile: click here