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    How to Complete the 2024/2025 CSS Profile

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    Updated: February 12th, 2024
    How to Complete the 2024/2025 CSS Profile

    The CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) is an online application created by the College Board, which is best known for the SAT standardized test. The CSS profile is used by nearly 250 colleges, universities and scholarship programs to provide financial aid. This financial aid is separate from aid that a student might receive from their state government or the federal government through the FAFSA. This can be a big deal for students who may qualify for specific scholarships and financial aid that are only awarded by a particular college.

    In this post, we will be covering:

    Who should complete the CSS Profile?

    First things first: you will need to figure out whether you actually need to complete the CSS Profile. The only students who need to complete the CSS Profile are students who are attending or applying to one of the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that require the CSS Profile. 

    You can jump ahead to this list of all of the institutions that require the CSS Profile in 2024-2025. You will also find each institution’s specific CSS Profile Code.

    How is the CSS Profile used?

    When you are completing the CSS Profile, you may notice that it goes into much more depth than the FAFSA. This is intentional, because the CSS Profile captures much more information than the FAFSA about your family’s financial situation. Private school tuition and medical bills are just two of the additional data points that will be considered with the CSS Profile.

    How to complete the CSS Profile

    Next, we will walk you through the steps of how to actually complete the CSS Profile:

    1. Create a College Board Account
    2. Gather the necessary materials
    3. Select your program
    4. Complete the application
    5. Submit the application

    Step 1: Create a College Board Account

    If you’ve taken the SAT, PSAT, or AP exams, the College Board website may look familiar! If not, you can create your College Board account to get started.

    Step 2: Gather the necessary materials 

    Next, you will need to gather all of the necessary documents and materials to complete the CSS Profile (note that these are the same materials that are required by the FAFSA). This will include:

    • Your Social Security Card
    • Your Driver’s License (if you have one)
    • Your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your W-2 Federal Tax Return
    • Records of your untaxed income
    • Current bank statements

    You will also need some information from your parents, including:

    Once you have all of this information available, you can move onto the next step!

    Step 3: Select your program

    Now, you can select the specific institutions where you will be submitting the CSS Profile. As mentioned earlier, these are the colleges and organizations that will require the CSS Profile. It is important to note that if you are applying to colleges, you should select all of the colleges that you’ll be applying to.

    Step 4: Complete the application

    Now you are ready to actually complete the CSS Profile application!  Here’s what you can expect to answer:

    • Basic personal questions about you and your family 
    • Questions about income, assets, and expenses 

    If you have any questions or anything is confusing, you can request help in the form of live chat, email, or phone. The CSS Profile also has an application dashboard that will help you keep track of your progress on the application.

    Step 5: Submit the application

    The last and most important step is to submit the application! One of the things that you will notice is a payment requirement. The CSS Profile payment is $25 for your first institution and then $16 for additional reports. However, you may qualify for a fee waiver from the College Board so you can avoid this application fee. 

    Generally, CSS Profile deadlines are pegged to the college’s application deadline. You can learn more about CSS Profile deadlines in our article.

    2023-2024 CSS Profile Institutions & Codes

    CSS CodeInstitution
    1001Adrian College
    1003Alabama A&M University
    5007American University
    3003Amherst College
    4007Arizona State University
    6011Arkansas State University
    0193Armenian Student Assoc of Amer
    3075Babson College
    2037Bard College
    3795Bard College at Simons Rock
    2038Barnard College
    3076Bates College
    6032Baylor University
    1059Beloit College
    3080Bennington College
    3098Bentley University: McCallum Graduate School of Business
    3096Bentley University
    3107Berklee College of Music
    1064Birmingham-Southern College
    3083Boston College
    3116Boston University: School of Medicine
    3087Boston University
    3089Bowdoin College
    9785Boyce College
    3092Brandeis University
    3189Brown University
    2049Bryn Mawr College
    2050Bucknell University
    0029Buttonwood Foundation
    4034California Institute of Tech
    6081Carleton College
    2074Carnegie Mellon University
    0520Caroline E. Hill Scholar Fund
    1104Case Western Reserve U: MED
    1105Case Western Reserve University
    5691Christendom College, VA
    4054Claremont McKenna College
    3279Clark University
    1124Cleveland Institute of Music
    3280Colby College
    2086Colgate University
    3282College of the Holy Cross
    5115College of William and Mary
    1134College of Wooster
    4072Colorado College
    2174Columbia U: Business School
    2116Columbia U: College and Engineering
    2173Columbia U: College of Dental Medicine
    2202Columbia U: Journalism School
    2184Columbia U: Occupational Therapy
    2166Columbia U: School of Arts
    2095Columbia U: School of General Studies, NY
    7982Columbia U: School of Law
    2148Columbia U: Vagelos College of Physicians/Surgeons
    3284Connecticut College
    2822Cornell U: College of Vet Medicine
    2099Cornell U: School of Law
    2098Cornell University
    5866Creative Institute of Central Arkansas
    2100Curtis Institute of Music
    3351Dartmouth College
    5150Davidson College
    1164Denison University
    1166DePauw University
    2186Dickinson College
    2194Drexel University
    7059Duke Kunshan University
    5156Duke University
    2185Duke University School of Nursing
    5158Duke University: Nicholas School of Environment
    5152Duke University: School of Medicine
    2196Duquesne University
    2224Eastman School of Music: U of Rochester
    5183Elon University
    3367Emerson College
    0140Emory U: Sch of Medicine
    5187Emory University
    3390Fairfield University
    2259Fordham University
    0467Francis Ouimet School Fund
    2261Franklin and Marshall College
    5222Furman University
    2314Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    5587George Washington U: Law S
    9608George Washington U: Public Health, DC
    5246George Washington University
    7306Georgetown U: Law Ctr
    3466Georgetown U: School of Medicine
    5244Georgetown University
    4563Georgetown University in Qatar
    5248Georgia Institute of Technology
    0112Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
    2275Gettysburg College
    5314Global Citizen Year
    4293Great Basin College
    6252Grinnell College
    2277Grove City College
    0060Guilford Scholarship Assoc
    6253Gustavus Adolphus College
    2286Hamilton College (NY)
    3447Hampshire College
    3434Harvard College
    3441Harvard U: Dental Sch
    4238Harvard U: Harvard Medical School
    4341Harvey Mudd College
    2289Haverford College
    2334Hilbert College
    1295Hillsdale College
    2294Hobart and William Smith Coll
    0206Horace Greeley Scholarship Fd
    7333Icahn Sch of Med at Mt Sinai
    1320Illinois Wesleyan University
    2339Jewish Theological Seminary of America, NY
    1357John A. Logan College
    5315Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, M
    5332Johns Hopkins University
    5346Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
    5532Johns Hopkins University: Peabody Conservatory
    2340The Juilliard School
    0274Kamehameha Schools
    1370Kenyon College
    2653Kutztown University
    2361Lafayette College
    1392Lake Forest College
    1398Lawrence University
    2365Lehigh University
    5370Loyola University Maryland
    6390Macalester College
    2396Manhattan School of Music
    2400Marist College
    3514Massachusetts Inst of Tech
    0935McGill University
    0186MES Fund, Inc.
    3526Middlebury College
    6033Minerva University
    4167Montessori Inst of North Texas
    3529Mount Holyoke College
    0085National Merit Schol Corp
    4572Nevada State College
    6173New Canaan Community Foundation
    7929New Canaan HS School Foundation
    3855New Saint Andrews College
    2785New York University
    3667Northeastern University
    4006Northern Arizona University
    1561Northland College
    6490Northwestern College
    1565Northwestern University
    3669Norwich University
    2305NYU Long Island school of Medicine
    2234NYU: Grossman School of Medicine 
    1587Oberlin College
    4581Occidental College
    3482Oliver Porter Killam Jr Private Foundation
    1595Olivet College
    4394Otis College of Art and Design
    2804Patrick Henry College
    4619Pitzer College
    4607Pomona College
    1630Principia College
    3693Providence College
    4654Reed College
    2757Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst
    1730Rhodes College
    6609Rice University
    5573Ringling College of Art and Design
    2760Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
    3729Roger Williams University
    2763Rosemont College
    3780Sacred Heart University
    6629Saint Louis University
    4744San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    4851Santa Clara University
    4693Scripps College
    1842Sewanee: The University of the South
    0439SF Mainliner Scholarship Prg
    2814Siena College
    2815Skidmore College
    3762Smith College
    7050Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, NC
    9856Southern Baptist Theo Sem
    6660Southern Methodist University
    3763Springfield College, MA
    3748St. Anselm College
    6619St. Edwards University
    5598St. Johns College (MD)
    4737St. Johns College (NM)
    6638St. Olaf College
    7473St. Tikhons Orthodox Theological Seminary
    4758Stanford U: Sch of Medicine
    7832Stanford U: School of Law
    4704Stanford University
    5630Stetson University
    2819Stevens Institute Technology
    2821Swarthmore College
    2823Syracuse University
    6820Texas Christian University
    0550The 200 Club of Morris County
    4828Thomas Aquinas College (CA/MA)
    3903Thomas College
    3905Town of Chelmsford Schol Fund
    1809Trevecca Nazarene University, TN
    3899Trinity College (CT)
    6831Trinity University
    8865Tufts U: School of Dental Medicine
    3901Tufts University
    6832Tulane University
    2920Union College (NY)
    7152Univ of California: San Francisco
    1832Univ of Chicago
    4842Univ of Denver
    3936Univ of Massachusetts: Medical School
    5815Univ of Miami
    1839Univ of Michigan
    5816Univ of North Carolina Chapel
    1841Univ of Notre Dame
    2495Univ of Penn: Law School
    2951Univ of Penn: Perelman Sch of Med
    2947Univ of Penn: Sch of Veterinary Med
    2933Univ of Pennsylvania
    2907Univ of Pittsburgh: Sch of Med
    5569Univ of Richmond
    2928Univ of Rochester
    2915Univ of Rochester Sch of Med/Dent
    4852Univ of Southern California (USC)
    5820Univ of Virginia
    1814University of Cincinnati: College of Medicine
    3663University of New Haven
    5841University of Virginia: School of Law 
    0670Vanderbilt University: School of Medicine
    1871Vanderbilt University
    5130Vanderbilt University: School of Law
    2956Vassar College
    2959Villanova University
    5558Virginia Commonwealth U: Sch of Med
    5084Wake Forest School of Medicine
    5885Wake Forest University
    3307Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    6926Wartburg College
    5887Washington and Lee University
    6929Washington University: St. Louis
    2279Weill Cornell Medical School
    3957Wellesley College
    3959Wesleyan University
    4948Westminster College
    4951Whitman College
    4953Whitworth University
    6941William Jewell College
    3965Williams College
    3969Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    4748Wyoming Catholic College
    3987Yale College
    3809Yale University: David Geffen School of Drama
    3989Yale University: Physicians Associate Program
    3975Yale University: School of Architecture
    3807Yale University: School of Art
    3809Yale University: School of Drama
    3990Yale University: School of Medicine

    Source: The College Board

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    Frequently asked questions about how to complete the CSS Profile

    Does the CSS Profile give more money than the FAFSA?

    The CSS Profile does not necessarily give more aid than the FAFSA. Rather, it is a different source of aid that a select set of colleges use. When in doubt, you should fill out the FAFSA every year and check with your school about whether they accept the CSS Profile.

    Should everyone fill out the CSS Profile?

    Unless your school requires it, you should not need to fill out the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is quite in depth and filling it out is very time consuming. If you need more aid in addition to the FAFSA, you should look for various scholarships that are available if your school does not use the CSS Profile.

    Does the CSS Profile check bank accounts?

    The CSS Profile is much more thorough than the FAFSA. Instead of aiming to just understand your income and expenses, the CSS Profile seeks to understand all of you and/or your family’s assets that may aid in paying for your education. Medical bills and tuition for private school are some of the factors that the CSS Profile considers that the FAFSA does not.

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