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Divorced Noncustodial Parents (CSS Profile) 🎓🏛 

If this applies to your household, it will be in your best interest to apply to schools that don’t require a noncustodial parent to disclose information about their assets.

1) What is a Noncustodial Parent?

A noncustodial parent is a parent who does not have physical custody of his or her minor child as the result of a court order. If a student only lives with one parent, in a sole custody arrangement, then the parent with which the student lives is the custodial parent. The other parent is the non-custodial parent.

“Strategically Apply to school that don’t require a noncustodial parent to disclose information about their assets”

If your parents are divorced and you have a noncustodial parent, it will be in your best interest to strategically apply to colleges and universities that don’t require a noncustodial parent to disclose information about their assets.

Noncustodial Parent Divorce

Why? Well if one of your parents is not really in the picture and he or she will not help pay for college, then it will be in your best interest to let the school know so they do not assume you will be receiving financial aid from both your stepparent and biological parent!

The more people they assume will help you pay for school, the less institutional money they will give you!

Noncustodial Parent Institutional Aid

2) FAFSA vs CSS Profile Noncustodial Parents

As opposed to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile will consider the student’s noncustodial parent’s assets to determine how much institutional aid they can receive.
 
CSS Profile Noncustodial Parent
 
A good strategy here is to look for schools that don’t require noncustodial parents to disclose information about their assets.

3) Noncustodial Waivers

Some schools offer non-custodial waivers or supplemental forms.
 
Noncustodial Waivers CSS Profile
 

4) Additional Third-Party Testimony

In most cases, both the parents and student(s) will need to fill out a form to express that the noncustodial parent has no relation with the student. The student will also need a third-party testimony from either a school counselor, psychologist, clergy–someone who is impartial.
 
Noncustodial Third-Party Supplemental Form
 
After completing these steps, it will be up to the discretion of each college/university to grant that waiver!
 
Accept Decline Noncustodial Waiver
 

5) How to Find These Schools that offer these Waivers?

To find out about some schools that offer non-custodial waivers make sure you check out the document in the next segment.

Some of these schools include Vanderbilt, Stanford, Smith College, Princeton, all Ivy League Universities and most schools that require the CSS Profile.

For a full list visit, >> CSS Profile Participating Institutions and Programs.

Colleges that accept Noncustodial Waivers

 

Now remember, as opposed to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile will look at the parent’s non-custodial assets. Make sure you keep these schools in mind as they can help you maximize your odds of receiving the most institutional aid.

If you have any questions please comment below or email us at contact@bestcollegeaid.com for more personal questions. 

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