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A Guide to the CSS/PROFILE

The CSS/PROFILE ("Profile"), administered by College Board, is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges, including UVA, and scholarship programs to award state and University funds. (All Federal funds are awarded based on the FAFSA, available after Oct. 1 at 

  • All first-year and transfer undergraduate students are encouraged to complete the Profile their first year to be considered for all forms of need-based aid.
  • Returning students who qualified for need-based aid in prior years should complete the Profile.  If you have any doubts, please contact SFS for guidance.  We would much rather help you evaluate whether or not you should complete the Profile than have you assume you should not and potentially miss out on aid!

Below we have provided links to resources for students and parents to review in preparation for filling out the Profile.

Follow this link to get an introduction to the PROFILE and the process for getting started.

Follow this link for a line-by-line guide to the PROFILE.

Follow this link to learn more about who typically qualifies for a fee waiver for the PROFILE.

Follow this link to see other resources for the PROFILE.