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Not submitting CSS Profile

TenzimomTenzimom 18 replies2 threads Junior Member
If schools require a CSS profile and you do not submit this form because you make too much money and will not qualify for need based aid-- You have a high EFC. Does this have any negative impact? FAFSA is completed. I am trying to understand why this form is stated as "required" if is is really not "required" to be submitted. Thank you.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 3975 replies71 threads Senior Member
    Profile is typically only required if the applicant is applying for financial aid. There *could* be a school that requires the Profile for merit aid, but I don't know of any of the top of my head....what school are you talking about?

    Not applying for financial aid can be an advantage at schools that are need aware in the admissions process.
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  • collegemom9collegemom9 823 replies30 threads Member
    edited February 18
    If you don't complete the CSS you won't be eligible for any institutional aid. Completing the FAFSA will enable you to take out government student loans if you choose to do so. I don't know of any schools that require the CSS if you aren't looking for aid.
    edited February 18
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  • TenzimomTenzimom 18 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I am not asking about any school in particular. I guess I am asking more in general why anyone with a high EFC would complete this CSS profile at all?
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  • TS0104TS0104 1257 replies30 threads Senior Member
    If you know that you won't qualify for any need based aid, then no, don't complete it. Just double check with the school that it isn't required for merit aid consideration.
    With our second college bound kid I think there was one school that said the CSS was required, but I called specifically to ask if it was required for merit scholarships only and the answer was no. So just want to check with each school.

    There are some schools that require the FAFSA to be completed for merit aid consideration, if you don't qualify for need based aid, my D goes to one.
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  • TenzimomTenzimom 18 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Thanks all!!
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  • thumper1thumper1 77248 replies3436 threads Senior Member
    It’s “required” if you apply for need based institutional aid.

    When my kid attended Boston University, we were required to complete both the FAFSA and Profile prior to freshman year in order for his merit aid to be disbursed. Before someone says “well then this wasn’t merit aid” let me just say....yes it was. Our FAFSA EFC exceeded the cost of attendance. We were not eligible for a dime of need based aid. BUT the kid was a music performance major and got an excellent performance award based on his audition....totally merit. This was in 2003 so that might not be the case now.

    It was also the case for my second kid at Santa Clara, but I believe that school doesn’t require the Profile unless you are applying for institutional need based aid.
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