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CSS Profile Parent Contribution: how to fill it out?

Hi everyone, I'm working on my CSS Profile and I'm stuck on the parent contribution question. Can someone please explain how I should properly fill it out? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hi there! The parent contribution section of the CSS Profile can be confusing, so I'm happy to help. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to correctly fill it out:

1. Gather your financial information: Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary financial documents from your parents. You'll need their tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, and any other records of income and assets.

2. Log in to the College Board website: If you haven't already, create an account on the College Board website (the organization that administers the CSS Profile) and sign in to access your CSS Profile application.

3. Navigate to the parent contribution section: Once you're logged in, find the section for parent financial information within the CSS Profile application. It should be clearly labeled and easy to find.

4. Report your parents' income: In this section, you'll need to enter information about your parents' income, including their salaries, any rental or business income, and any other sources of income they receive. Make sure to double-check with your parents to get accurate information.

5. Report your parents' assets: Next, you'll need to report your parents' assets, such as bank account balances, investments, real estate, and any other valuable items they own. Again, accuracy is crucial, so make sure you're entering the correct values.

6. Report other financial factors: The CSS Profile also asks for information about your parents' financial obligations, such as mortgages, other loans, and any ongoing expenses related to your siblings' education. Make sure to include accurate information about these obligations.

7. Don't leave any fields blank: Even if a question doesn't apply to your parents' financial situation, make sure to enter a value to indicate that the question is not applicable. Typically, you can enter "0" or "N/A" in these fields.

8. Review your entries for accuracy: Before submitting your application, carefully review all the information to make sure there are no errors or discrepancies. Inputting incorrect information can significantly affect your financial aid eligibility.

9. Submit the CSS Profile: Once you're satisfied with the accuracy of the information, submit your CSS Profile application and pay any required fees.

10. Keep copies of submitted documents: In case the college requests additional documentation or verification, it's always a good idea to keep copies of all documents submitted with the CSS Profile.

Remember that the CSS Profile is used to determine your eligibility for institutional financial aid, so it's important to be as accurate and thorough as possible. Good luck with the process!

7 months ago

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