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Access additional college scholarship funds with CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

10/5/17

Below information from our CSS/Financial Aid Profile training module, available through our Texas OnCourse Academy.

It is October, and many college counselors and advisers are heads-down focused on helping students with FAFSA and TASFA applications. However, did you know students and families may qualify for additional financial aid through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This application is used by 300+ colleges and scholarship providers and, like the SAT, is administered by the College Board.

Click here for the list of schools that use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

In contrast to the FAFSA, which qualifies students for federal financial aid, the PROFILE application qualifies students for institutional financial aid. Colleges that use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE have billions of dollars of their own scholarship money to award, beyond what the federal government can offer.

While the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE requires more information on a family’s finances, it may also be more likely to take into consideration factors like local cost of living or money spent on education.

Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is not free. Only if a student qualified for an SAT Fee Waiver - also issued by the College Board - can they waive their application fee.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application cost:

Counselors and advisers interested in learning more about the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE can access information on the steps to completing financial information and how to help students and families at texasoncourse.org/login


Additional information on this resource is included in this helpful article from TIME.