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CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Financial aid is crucial to student access to higher education

Students need a way to apply for private institutional aid that is fast and efficient and allows them to tell their story.

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE helps your students provide a complete picture of their family financial situation so they can receive a fair and timely aid award. The comprehensive financial information reported on the PROFILE application allows colleges to target their private funds to the most economically deserving students.

The PROFILE service is fully online — and the secure site is available 24 hours a day to assist students in meeting critical aid application deadlines. PROFILE's unique, customized format tailors the application to each student.

PROFILE helps students to:

  • Report their financial resources to multiple colleges and programs on a single application.
  • Tell their story about special circumstances that may affect their family's ability to help pay for college.
  • Receive complete and accurate aid awards from colleges and scholarship programs allowing them to enroll in the college of their choice.

Because the PROFILE application is customized for each student, applicants save time by only responding to questions pertaining to their situation. The format is streamlined, logical and easy to use.

PROFILE fees cover the cost of customization and sending individual reports to colleges. 

Fee waivers are available for eligible students and cover the cost of up to eight reports.

For more information about PROFILE, call 800-927-4302 or send an email to enrollmentsolutions@collegeboard.org.

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