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CSS Profile Documents - What do I need?

Hey there! I'm getting ready to submit my CSS profile and I'm wondering what kind of documents I should have on hand. Can anyone tell me which documents are commonly required for the CSS profile? Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

Hello! Here's a list of documents you should gather before you start filling out the CSS profile:

1. Your Social Security number (or Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen)

2. Your parents' Social Security numbers (if they have them)

3. Your driver's license (if you have one)

4. Your most recent federal tax returns, including W-2 forms and other records of any income earned. This typically covers the prior-prior year (e.g., if you are applying for aid for the 2023-24 academic year, you would need 2021 tax information).

5. Your parents' most recent federal tax returns, including W-2 forms and other records of any income earned.

6. Current bank statements for you and your parents

7. Current records of any investments, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, for both you and your parents

8. Current records of any untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, or veterans' benefits, for both you and your parents

9. Records of any special circumstances, such as high medical expenses or job loss, that might affect your family's ability to pay for college

10. Mortgage information and value of other real estate owned by your parents, excluding the primary residence

Having these documents readily available will make it easier to fill out the CSS profile accurately and efficiently. Keep in mind that individual colleges and universities may require additional documentation, so it's a good idea to check with the financial aid offices of the schools you're applying to for any specific requirements. Good luck!

6 months ago

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