The CSS PROFILE and the FAFSA are both tools used to determine a family’s financial strength. Like the FAFSA, the CSS PROFILE requests information about household income and assets. However, information from the FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for state and federal aid, whereas information from the CSS PROFILE is used to calculate eligibility for institutional funding.
The CSS PROFILE also asks for more information than the FAFSA. For example, the CSS PROFILE asks for detailed information pertaining to investments and home worth— two areas the FAFSA does not cover in-depth. Using both of these tools allows DU to gain a more accurate picture of a family’s financial standing.
Who is required to complete the CSS PROFILE?
All traditional undergraduates who are interested in applying for institutional need-based aid must complete the CSS PROFILE.
What is a Non-Custodial PROFILE and why do I need one?
A family that indicates on the CSS PROFILE that the student’s biological parents are separated, divorced, or never married will be required to submit a Non-Custodial Profile (NCP). The NCP is required because the CSS PROFILE uses the finances of both custodial and non-custodial parents in calculating a family’s ability to pay college.
How much does the CSS PROFILE Cost?
There is a $25 fee for the initial application, and a $16 fee for each institution that receives it thereafter. A limited number of fee waivers are granted automatically to first-year, first-time applicants from low-income families, based on the financial information provided on the PROFILE.
Where can I complete the CSS PROFILE?
The CSS PROFILE can be completed at online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com. Don't forget to use the DU code 4842 to ensure that it is sent directly to our office.
Nathan Rudibaugh, Financial Aid Advisor