CSS Profile- Which colleges?

<p>For the CSS Profile, do I send it to all the colleges that I'm applying to?</p>

<p>Best to read the websites from the colleges where you are applying to find out what they require and when....only about 300 or so colleges require profile.</p>

<p>Since you have to pay for the PROFILE< you don't want to have to send it to any school that doesn't require it.</p>

1. It costs $$$ to send it-why spend it if you do not need to spend it?
2. CSS is much more detailed information that could cause you to receive a very different financial aid package.
3. It is worth your time to check each schools website to see if they actually require it.</p>

<p>Folks...you can NOT spend money to "send" the Profile to schools that do not require it...you can't even do this by mistake. If your school does NOT require the PROFILE...the College Board will not have a school code and you will not be able to submit it to that school....period. You can list it all you want but if it has no code, the College Board is NOT going to take your money for that school...and you will simply delete it.</p>

<p><a href="https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Annasdad....and others...it is BEST to check each college website. There have been times in the past that the College Board list was not quite updated...there were schools that no longer required the Profile and schools that had added it that didn't appear. </p>

<p>The very best place to find out what financial aid requirements are REQUIRED for your college(S) is on each college website. Not only will you know what you need to send, but you will also know the DEADLINES...which are important to adhere to.</p>

<p>Do you have any examples?</p>

<p>Keep in mind that the posted list of schools that "require" the CSS profile can be somewhat misleading. At many of these schools, you can fill a financial aid profile specific to that school for free if you go to their financial aid websites. For example, I know that Washington University has its own financial profile you can fill for free in lieu of sending the CSS. But if you don't have the time to fill it out or money isn't a problem, you can just send the CSS.</p>

<p>Annasdad....schools there have been schools that have discontinued the use of the Profile in the past but it was listed on their list anyway...one I remember is Bates when they stopped using it. It took a while for the College board to get it off of their website.</p>

<p>The BEST thing to do is to look on each of your college's websites. As mentioned upstream...some schools might give you an option...you won't know about that by looking at the College Board site. You will also not get DEADLINES or any other materials that are required submissions for financial aid consideration at a college by looking on the Profile website...you just won't.</p>

<p>When you have questions about anything, your first stop should be the COLLEGE individual websites, not a third party vendor, in my opinion.</p>

<p>Edit to my above post...Bates still uses the Profile...OOPS on my part. BUT I do know that there have been times in the past when the College Board has not quite caught up with current Profile Schools. Perhaps that has changed since my kids applied to college.</p>

<p>Nevertheless...I still suggest getting all of your information from the colleges themselves, not any third party...not even the College Board.</p>

<p>I know that DePauw uses either the CSS or its own form. The difference would generally be teh extra money that CSS charges. I believe that Lawrence is the same way.</p>