Simple steps to unlock institutional aid

Getting Started

Ready to start your CSS Profile application? We're here to help you each step of the way.

Before You Start

Check out these helpful tips and resources before starting your application.

Documents on Hand

You'll need your most recently completed tax returns, W-2 forms and other records of current year income, records of untaxed income and benefits, assets, and bank statements.

User Account

If you have a College Board account, sign in using the same credentials. This will save you time and help us apply fee waivers you received to your CSS Profile application. Only noncustodial parents will create a separate parent account. Learn more about creating a parent account on our Profile for Parents page.

Save and Return

Remember: You do not need to complete the entire application at one time. You may save and return to complete the application.


To make sure your application will be considered on time, submit your CSS Profile by midnight Eastern Time of your earliest priority filing date.

"I would not have attended the college I choose had I not received the financial package after completing the CSS Profile."

CSS Profile Student Applicant

Additional Help

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get help on common topics from students and families.


Profile for Parents

Review our Information for Parents page to find out more about completing the CSS Profile as a custodial or non-custodial parent.

Information for Parents

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