The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, short for the College Scholarship Service PROFILE, is an application distributed by the College Board allowing college students to apply for financial aid.

     It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA. Generally speaking, most public and state universities do not use CSS PROFILE to make financial aid decisions, while most private colleges do.

    The College Board estimates it will take most students or families between 45 minutes and two hours to complete the CSS PROFILE application.

    The CSS PROFILE asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student's parents. The information the student gives in the CSS PROFILE is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies.

    Along with the FAFSA, the CSS PROFILE is the most common financial aid application that students in the United States fill out.

    Each CSS PROFILE costs a fee, varying from year to year.

    For more information and a tutorial please see the link below from the College Board.