Forum 2017: Connecting Students to Opportunity with a Redesigned CSS Profile
Forum 2017: Connecting Students to Opportunity with a Redesigned CSS ProfileKari Myers, Assistant Director, Communications
I chose to attend the Forum session, “Connecting Students to Opportunity with a Redesigned CSS Profile,” hosted by Dean Bentley, Senior Director of Financial Aid Engagement and Services of the College Board, Bonnie Behm, Director of Financial Assistant at Villanova University, and Kathy Blaisdell, Director of Student Financial Services at Mount Holyoke College, because I really wanted to learn more about CSS Profile and how it was redesigned and enhanced.
Here are my top five takeaways:
- The CSS Profile is a common financial aid application, similar to FAFSA. The FAFSA allows students to apply for federal aid from the government, and the CSS Profile is what institutions use to award institutional aid. The CSS Profile can be completed by domestic, international, or undocumented students and is available starting Oct. 1.
- The best way for a student to determine if they need to complete the CSS Profile is to visit the 2018-19 Participating Institutions and Programs list or visit individual college websites.
- This year the CSS Profile has some new features, which include a much more streamlined application and an enhanced experience for families. It’s much easier to complete and navigate, more personalized (with questions customized to the family’s experience), and features more practical tools (progress indicators, at-a-glance applicant dashboard, and better online help and support such as online chat, tutorials, and direct customer support).
- There are new resources on cssprofile.org for students with divorced or separated parents.
- Providing eligible students with fee waivers for College Board programs and services is integral to our mission of connecting students to college success and opportunity.
Visit cssprofile.org to learn more and submit the CSS Profile.