About CSS Profile

Each year CSS Profile unlocks access to millions of institutional financial aid dollars.

Learn more about the basic information you need to complete your CSS Profile application starting October 1 each year.

What is CSS Profile?

The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal institutional aid.

For federal aid you must complete the FAFSA. For more information regarding the FAFSA, click "FAFSA" below (directs to an external site).


When do I complete the application?

Most students complete the application in their senior year of high school starting on October 1. Schools may have different deadlines - be sure to check with each school you are applying to.

Who must complete the application?

Check your colleges’ information to determine whether they require the CSS Profile. A list of participating school is available online. Some schools may also require divorced or separated parents to complete separate applications.

CSS Profile Schools

How do I complete the application?

The CSS Profile may only be submitted through the sign on link available at cssprofile.org. Learn more about submitting your application on our Complete the Application page.

Step-by-Step: Complete the Application

"While the FAFSA was used a base indicator for financial aid, it was ultimately the CSS Profile that dictated the specifics of my financial aid. My university provided a large chunk of financial aid that made it easier and less financially straining to attend."

CSS Profile Student Applicant

Ready to start your application?

We've made the CSS Profile quicker, easier, and mobile-friendly. If you're ready to begin your application, sign in now using the appropriate year sign-in button on our homepage.

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