College Planning: Why the CSS/Financial Aid Profile is important
Posted December 27, 2011
Editor's Note: Christine M. Hall of CMH College Consulting will offer information this week about financial aid for college.
While most parents and students are aware of the need to complete a FAFSA form in order to receive financial aid, many often overlook the additional CSS/Financial Aid Profile that is required by most private and some public universities.
Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS/Financial Aid Profile is a way to provide non-federal funds to students by way of grants and scholarships.
In order to complete the CSS/Profile, you must go to the College Board website and register to complete the application. You will need the following information:
- Type of tax return you and your parent(s) will file for the current year (e.g., 1040, 1040 EZ, foreign return)
- If your parents receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
- If your parents are self employed or own business(es) and/or farm(s)
- Your parents’ housing status (e.g., own, rent)
- Your personal information, including your Social Security
The filing date for the CSS/Profile is usually two weeks before the priority FAFSA deadline for each individual school. However, it is best to check with each institution you are applying to in order to be safe. In North Carolina, the following schools require the CSS/Profile:
- Wake Forest
- UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Christine M. Hall owns Cary-based CMH College Consulting.