The College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government.
Mostly used by private schools, it is a requirement for aid at six in-state institutions — Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Yale University.
The CSS Profile is a much lengthier application than the FAFSA. That’s because the application considers income streams and assets the FAFSA does not, such as retirement accounts, life insurance plans, home equity on a family’s primary residence, and income and assets held by a noncustodial parent in cases of divorce.
But it can qualify students for enormous nonfederal financial aid packages funded by their college.
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