As opposed to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile will look at the parent’s non-custodial assets. If this applies to your household, make sure you keep these 4 steps in mind when applying to schools that require the CSS Profile.
Following these 4 steps will maximize your odds of receiving a large amount of financial aid from these schools.
1) Non-Custodial Parents (CSS Profile)
As opposed to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile will look at the parent’s non-custodial assets, a good strategy here is to look for schools that don’t require the noncustodial parent to disclose this information.
2) Can you exclude a non-custodial parent from completing financial information?
Yes! Some schools offer non-custodial waivers or a supplemental form.
In most cases, both the parents and the student will need to fill out a form to express that the non-custodial parent has no relation with the student.
3) how to determine if your school will offer a non-custodial waiver?
There are three ways to determine if your school will offer a non-custodial waiver.
Email/call the Office of Financial Aid at your school.
On your browser’s search bar, type in the name of your school (example: “Bard“) and then type “Non-custodial parent waiver“.
Most schools that offer the CSS Profile will offer a non-custodial parent waiver.
Visit CSS Profile Participating Institutions and Programs
4) Supplemental third-party testimony for verification
The student will also need a third-party testimony from either a school counselor, psychologist, clergy–someone who is impartial. However, after completing these steps, it will be up to the discretion of each college/university to grant that waiver.
Schools to consider
- Vanderbilt: Meets 100% of financial need
- Bard College: Meets 81% of financial need
- Stanford: Meets 100% of financial need
- Smith College: Meets 100% of financial need
- Princeton: Meets 100% of financial need
- Brown: Meets 100% of financial need
- Most Ivy League Universities
- Most schools that require the CSS Profile // for a full list visit: CSS Profile Participating Institutions and Programs
Completing these non-custodial forms will maximize your odds of receiving a large amount of financial aid. Make sure you keep this in mind when making a list of schools!
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