Financial Aid Management

CSS Profile

Better data means better financial aid decisions. Get started with CSS Profile so your institution can strategically manage the financial aid process.

Designed by and for Financial Aid Professionals

How can you identify students who need your financial aid resources to enroll? CSS Profile gives you accurate, timely, and complete financial information about your applicants on a schedule that works for your institution.

Institutional Methodology

Use the College Board's Institutional Methodology (IM) to award your institutional funds.

Comprehensive Applicant Information

Get comprehensive financial aid applicant information that coordinates with your schedule to make the right decisions at the right time.

Early Notifications

 Communicate early with applicants about potential aid eligibility.

"CSS Profile helps us ensure that we are allocating our limited institutional resources in the most equitable manner possible. With it, we are able to provide families with just the right amount of institutional grants."

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Streamline the Financial Aid Process

CSS Profile offers the following benefits:

  • A common application for students so they can report their financial resources to multiple colleges and programs on a single form.  
  • Online application access 24/7, so students meet your institutional deadlines.
  • Flexible options that allow you to adjust the formula to reflect your institutional mission, values, and goals.
  • Application experience tailored to all families, including divorced or separated parents.
  • Information about special circumstances at the time of application, so you can evaluate the need for additional funds before an appeal.
  • CSS Profile fees waived for qualified students based on an automated fee waiver eligibility check.

Seamless Integration with Higher Ed Systems

CSS Profile integrates with many other leading campus systems, including: PowerFAIDS, Banner, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Ellucian Colleague, and more.

Why Institutions Use CSS Profile

Institutional resources are precious. They need to go to the right students. That's why hundreds of colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs use CSS Profile to award their aid funds equitably.

Support Student Equity

  • CSS Profile annually unlocks access to over 10 billion dollars in institutional aid.
  • It also supports a variety of student and family types, from domestic to international, undergraduate to graduate, and more.
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