CSS Profile: Schools that DON’T Require Non-Custodial Parent Information
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.
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
|Armenian Student Assoc of Amer||RI|
|Bentley U: Mccallum Graduate||MA|
|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|
|George Washington U: Law S||DC|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||GA|
|Global Citizen Year||CA|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||MN|
|Harvard U: Dental Sch||MA|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||IL|
|Juilliard School, The||NY|
|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|
|Patrick Henry College||VA|
|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|
|Stevens Institute Technology||NJ|
|The 200 Club of Morris County||NJ|
|Univ of Chicago||IL|
|Univ of North Carolina Chapel||NC|
|University of Toronto, Canada||ON|
|Vanderbilt U: School of Medicine||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.