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Word of the Day Wednesday: CSS ProfileTM

Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day where we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to the CSS Profile.

Today’s Word of the Day is CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

The CSS Profile is a financial aid application administered by the College Board and used by approximately 250 colleges, universities, and scholarship organizations across the United States. Schools and organizations that require the Profile use the information collected on the application to determine eligibility for their own financial aid funds.

We’ve put together a presentation below to provide everything you need to know about the Profile, including the questions asked, tips to completing the application, and cost details. Review the information now to prepare you for the process.

Why is this important to you?

If you or someone in your family is applying for college financial aid, it is imperative that you understand the details of the different financial aid applications required. You should also ensure that you know the financial aid deadline of each college and university to which you are applying (there could be many!) and submit all required applications on time.

Navigating the presentation below is easy — simply use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the slides to get through the content. If you’re interested in seeing it big screen, use the 2-way diagonal arrows to adjust the size, then easily navigate the presentation by using the arrows on your keyboard.

If you find this information helpful, and think your friends would too, we encourage you to take advantage of the “share” button at the end of the presentation. By clicking it, you can post the presentation to your social media page or email it along to your friends. And, as always, remember that MEFA is here to help if you have questions. Reach out to us at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or


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