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Getting to know the CSS ProfileTM

Though the FAFSA® is the most important application for financial aid, as its required by every college and university in the nation, the CSS Profile is also used in the financial aid process by almost 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs. To find out if you need to submit the Profile to a certain school, check each college and university’s financial aid website for required applications. Deadlines are important too – so make sure you research those and send in everything on time.

If you need to submit the Profile, view our slide presentation below before you begin. It reviews the key information you need to know about completing the application, and includes tips, helpful resources, and specifics about the Profile questions that you won’t find on the FAFSA. Viewing the presentation is easy — simply use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the slides to get through the content. If you’d like to see it big screen, use the 2-way diagonal arrows to see the presentation in full-screen mode, then navigate it by using the arrows on your keyboard.

If you’d like more information about the Profile, you can view our Profile webinar anytime. And if you have any questions about the Profile or the financial aid process, call us at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or email us at

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