CSS Profile: Schools that DON’T Require Non-Custodial Parent Information

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For many years, schools used the FAFSA as the way to determine how much a family could contribute toward the cost of college. While the FAFSA is still in use to determine federal financial aid eligibility across the country, more recently schools have begun using the CSS Profile through the College Board to help determine how much institutional aid they will award families.

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The CSS Profile is a much more extensive form than the FAFSA. You can learn more about the CSS Profile here, but the biggest difference between the two forms is that many CSS Profile schools require information from the custodial parent AND the non-custodial parent, where the FAFSA only requires information on the custodial parent.

In this way, a family’s financial aid eligibility could be VERY different when a school is looking at only the custodial parent’s information versus the financial profile of the custodial and non-custodial parent. And, in the experience of many families of divorce or separation, this isn’t always a fair way to determine financial aid eligibility since the non-custodial parent is not necessarily obligated to contribute to the cost of college.

For example, some non-custodial parents say they are not contributing to college costs. If there is no court order mandating a contribution from the non-custodial parent toward the cost of the child’s college, it could be very likely that the custodial parent will be the one shouldering the expense.

However, even if this is the case and explained by the custodial parent, many CSS Profile schools will still require the financial information of the non-custodial parent to be considered for need-based institutional aid.

As a result, families of separation and divorce are often better off, in terms of financial aid, targeting schools that only use the FAFSA or don’t require the non-custodial CSS Profile form.

For the 2021-22 school year, here is a list of schools that require the CSS Profile but DO NOT require the non-custodial CSS Profile form.

CSS Profile schools and programs that don’t require non-custodial information

School Name State
Armenian Student Assoc of Amer RI
Bentley U: Mccallum Graduate MA
Berry College GA
Boyce College KY
Bucknell University PA
Buttonwood Foundation NY
Christendom College, VA VA
Cleveland Institute of Music OH
College of William and Mary VA
College of Wooster OH
Cornell U: College of Vet Medicine NY
Cornell U: School of Law NY
DePauw University IN
Drexel University PA
Elon University NC
Emerson College MA
George Washington U: Law S DC
Georgia Institute of Technology GA
Gettysburg College PA
Global Citizen Year CA
Gustavus Adolphus College MN
Harvard U: Dental Sch MA
Hillsdale College MI
Illinois Wesleyan University IL
Juilliard School, The NY
Kamehameha Schools HI
Loyola University Maryland MD
Montessori Inst of North Texas TX
National Merit Schol Corp IL
New Canaan HS Schol Foundation CT
New Saint Andrews College ID
Oberlin College OH
Patrick Henry College VA
Providence College RI
Queens University at Kingston ON
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst NY
Rhode Island School of Design RI
Santa Clara University CA
SF Mainliner Scholarship Prg CA
Southern Baptist Theo Sem KY
Stanford U: School of Law CA
Stetson University FL
Stevens Institute Technology NJ
The 200 Club of Morris County NJ
Trinity University TX
Univ of Chicago IL
Univ of North Carolina Chapel NC
University of Toronto, Canada ON
Vanderbilt U: School of Medicine TN
Vanderbilt University TN
Virginia Commonwealth U: Sch of Med VA
William Jewell College MO
Woodrow Wilson Grad School of Teaching + Learning NJ
Yale U: Physicians Associate Program CT
Yale U: School of Medicine CT

You can find a full list of CSS Profile schools and their individual requirements here.

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