As the CSS PROFILE and CSS PROFILE Worksheet (on which you can practice!) are time consuming processes, it is best to have the following information at the ready:
· W-2 Forms for the last year
· Tax Returns from the last year
· Records of investments
· Recent bank statements
· Personal information, including social security numbers of student and parents
For students enrolling in college in the fall of 2016, the Profile has been available since October 1, 2015. Students and families should file no later than two weeks before the earliest priority filing date specified by your college or university. Once you register at CSS PROFILE, complete and submit the application, you will be sent an acknowledgement email. The acknowledgement may include additional steps to complete your financial aid application.
Should you require assistance, the PROFILE has a few helpful resources on their site, including an interactive presentation and a tutorial; although, you may find patience and perseverance even more useful!
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