Financial Aid: CSS Profile or FASFA? - Studie Foris

Financial Aid: CSS Profile or FASFA?

Can international students apply for financial aid?

Yes. International students can fill in the CSS Profile.


Can International students file a FASFA application?

No. FASFA is federal aid, and it is only for US citizens.


What is a CSS Profile?

The CSS Profile is short for College Scholarship Service Profile. It is an application for nonfederal institutional aid required by approximately 185 colleges, universities, and scholarship organizations. Here is a list of CSS Profile schools.

The CSS Profile aims to create a complete picture of a family's finances and gives families the opportunity to describe any special or exceptional circumstances that affect their ability to pay for college. The profile is very specific and detailed, requesting information ranging from income to household expenses. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done for families who do not want to provide such information, especially if the college requires the CSS profile. Private colleges with large endowments are usually the ones requiring this application.


Where can I find the CSS Profile?

The application is available on The College Board site, the same institution that creates the SAT exam.

Is the CSS profile free?

No. The cost is $25 and additional reports are $16. It can be paid with a credit card.


Is there a deadline on submitting the CSS Profile?

Yes. The deadline in most cases follows the admission deadline of each college and university. It is always smart to check on the website of each institution or by calling the financial aid office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of these deadlines. Missing a financial aid deadline can severely limit a student's eligibility for assistance.

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