What is the CSS Profile?
The CSS Profile, or the College Scholarship Service Profile, is a fully Web-based application system administered by the College Scholarship Service (CSS), the financial aid division of the College Board, allowing college students to apply for financial aid. The CSS Profile, more detailed than the FAFSA, asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student's parents. This information is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies. The CSS Profile is required by many private colleges and universities, and colleges with early acceptance programs often use the CSS Profile to make preliminary financial aid decisions, as the application can be submitted in the fall. There is a flat cost for setting up the profile, and there is also a fee for each school or scholarship program selected to receive the information.