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CSS Fee Payment Code

sandra_ny2011sandra_ny2011 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
edited February 2013 in Financial Aid & Scholarships
Hi, I have to submit my CSS profile by feb 1st for some schools, and when I got to the end of the profile I saw that I have to pay $201 for 12 schools, but there's a fee payment code option for the schools that I'm applying to. My total family income is $61,043 for this year, and my family has almost no assets. I get free lunch and I used fee waivers for the SAT and to apply to college. My question is basically how should I go about asking schools for their fee payment code? Is the best method by phone or e-mail?
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Replies to: CSS Fee Payment Code

  • puliceman92puliceman92 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    if it tells you that you have to pay, then you didn't qualify for a fee waiver. it automatically judges whether or not you qualify for the fee to be covered, and if it doesn't judge that you qualify, then you have to pay it. There is no appeal process. My mom only made $38K last year and I didn't qualify so I think you're out of luck.
  • chinemelumchinemelum Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    how do i get Fee Payment Codes and Program Codes for css profile for the universities I'm applying to?
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,119 Super Moderator
    There are no few payment codes. As the previous poster stated, when you submit your information you are told right then and there if you are few waiver eligible. Since you received a" bill" of $201 your options are pay the bill or do not have your info processed. You can try contacting the individual financial aid offices to ask if troy can send your information directly to them.
  • CichlidkeeperCichlidkeeper Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Scan one of your SAT fee waiver cards and email it to the college FA offices when you ask them to give you a code. Point-out that the Admissions office gave you a fee waiver code when you applied (or email whatever documentation you sent when you requested the app fee waiver). Say in the email msg that you will follow-up with a phone call, then do it.

    From speaking with the College Board about the CSS Profile fee, it is my understanding that the colleges might choose to give you a code if you request one but I haven't tried it.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 65,132 Senior Member
    I believe that the College Board determines whether it will award fee waivers for the Profile...not the colleges.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,119 Super Moderator
    Scan one of your SAT fee waiver cards and email it to the college FA offices when you ask them to give you a code. Point-out that the Admissions office gave you a fee waiver code when you applied (or email whatever documentation you sent when you requested the app fee waiver).

    You can not use the fee waiver codes from the SAT/SAT II for the CSS profile
    The PROFILE fee waiver program applies the USDA reduced price lunch income guidelines to the CSS

    Institutional Methodology (IM) definition of total parent income. Total parental income includes both taxable and untaxed income, with the exception of the Earned Income Credit. More information about current reduced price lunch income guidelines may be found at Child Nutrition Programs | Food and Nutrition Service.

    • Parental assets are also included in the fee waiver eligibility assessment. Dependent students whose parents report net assets in the excess of $33,720 are not eligible for a fee waiver.

    • The fee waiver covers the application and six total school reports. First-time students file an average of three PROFILE reports; thus the fee waiver process meets the needs of most entering students.

    [size=+1]• Payment is not required until the application is submitted. When students submit their applications, they will be notified of their charges or their fee waiver receipt. [/size]

    • Students who do not qualify for the fee waiver or who need to submit their reports to more than six schools may pay for their PROFILE charges using a credit card, debit card, online check or a Fee Payment Code.

    • A limited number of PROFILE colleges and sponsoring organizations provide Fee Payment Codes to students. Each Fee Payment Code may be used to pay for one college or program report and students may use up to ix Fee Payment Codes during the processing year.


    If you participate in a CBO (or Questbridge) it is possible that may be able to get a fee waiver code from them. Otherwise you must contact the school directly regarding waiving the fee.
  • radimomradimom Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    I am a college admissions counselor in an inner city school where 90% plus students get Pell grants, have 0 EFC, and occasionally a student's family has income of $60,000 to $130,000. I have tried this up down and sideways, and have NEVER (despite excruciatingly low family income levels) gotten any sort of codes from any colleges. I do about 35 CSS Profiles per year. As stated, the Profile has some sort of sliding scale fee which takes into account income and family size. However, when students use it for a large number of colleges, they usually end up paying SOME portion of the fee. Ya just have to eat it--even when we have called schools, we have yet to find one that knows anything about this.

    Don't even ask about the parent who lives in Nigeria, but it turns out CollegeBoard won't accept credit card payments from people who live in Nigeria!
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