CSS Profile Fee Waiver question!

<p>Ok, so basically my mom (a single parent) earned about 18k for 2011. Our family consists of five people (my mom, me, and my three sisters). I was expecting a fee waiver for the CSS, but I didn't receive one...
I just want to know if there's an explanation for this. anyone know?</p>

<p>the css profile evaluates the information that you put on the profile. based on what you put on the profile, it determines if you are eligible for a fee waiver. </p>

<p>Is your mom's income solely from work?<br>
Is she collecting child support?
Does she own a home or a business?</p>

<p>You filled it out online?</p>

<p>It sounds like it is supposed to be automatic

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In an effort to reach as many qualifying students as possible, the PROFILE fee waiver process is fully automated based on the family and financial information given in the application. PROFILE fee waiver guidelines are as follows:
• 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 School</a> Meals.
• Parental assets are also included in the fee waiver eligibility assessment. Dependent students whose parents report net assets in the excess of $33,8202 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.
• 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.
• 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.

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<a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/PROFILE_fees.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/PROFILE_fees.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I had the same issue, and was charged. I also was under the impression it was automatic. Don't want to give specifics here, but my familly DID qualify for Food Stamps.</p>

<p>Me too, I've looked over my css profile at least 3 times to see if I've made a mistake.... I'm pretty sure I didn't but it still won't give me the fee waiver... /: My mom makes less than 20K has no assets so idk why some of you guys and I didnt qualify.</p>

<p>sorry for posting again</p>

<p>Well I was looking at css profile's FAQ and I think I know why I didn't qualify. I'm a transfer student and fee waivers are only given to first time college students/ applicants. </p>

<p>"Q: What are fee waivers and Fee Payment Codes?</p>

<p>A: The College Board waives PROFILE fees for a limited number of first-year, first-time college applicants from families with incomes below the poverty level. The fee waiver covers the PROFILE application and reporting fees for up to six colleges or programs. Fee waivers are awarded automatically to students who qualify based on the information reported on the PROFILE. </p>

<p>Scholarship programs and institutions buy Fee Payment Codes from the College Board and distribute them to students. They cover the application fee and reporting to that program or college." </p>

<p>Hope this helps!</p>

<p>No fee waivers for international students either...I don't think.</p>

<p>It IS automatic for those who are wondering if it's supposed to be or not. I wasn't even worried about getting a fee waiver or anything (I was planning on paying the fees myself) but based on the input it determined I was eligible and automatically waived the fees to $0.</p>

<p>@SeekingUni, what was your parents' income/assets?</p>

<p>Less than 20k, no assets.</p>

<p>:(, same as me, except that the fee waiver didn't apply.</p>

<p>Perhaps our income is lower than yours. We literally have no assets – our home isn't owned by us, it's owned by my step-fathers father, so as far as the CSS is concerned, we don't even have a home. We "live with relatives" in CSS terms.</p>

<p>Umm, my parents rent our home, and our only car is co-owned by someone else. So I don't know what happened...</p>

<p>Renting is different than "living with relatives." Also, as I already mentioned, your income may still be higher than mine, yet still below $20,000. Either way, they have a formula and your scenario simply didn't trigger a fee waiver. If you got fee waivers for the SAT, I'm pretty sure you'd also qualify for CSS fee waivers if you contact them.</p>

<p>I'm really questioning if the automatic fee waiver system is working because I'm basically an independent applicant with 0 assets and 0 income. 0's everywhere! However, somehow I'm still being charged for the processing fee. I only put down four schools and I've qualified for SAT waivers before. I can't seem to find an answer anywhere :c</p>

<p>I received a fee waiver and my parents make about 46k a year, no assets.
I think they might have just run out of waivers, since there is a limited number of them.</p>