8 CSS PROFILE The CSS PROFILE is a need analysis form that provides colleges and scholarshipprogramswithinformationonafamily’sfinancialsituation. Some colleges and scholarship programs require that students and parents complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE, in addition to the FAFSA. These colleges list the CSS / PROFILE as a requirement in their financial aid instructions. The CSS PROFILE should be submitted in the fall of a student’s senior year. For information, and to complete the CSS PROFILE online, visit cssprofile. collegeboard.org. Independent student criteria For financial aid purposes, a student is either a dependent or an inde- pendent student. Very few students meet the criteria to be an indepen- dent student. Most college students are dependent students. This means that their parents are expected to as- sume the primary role in paying for their college education. Ifastudentisanindependentstudent,his/herpar- ent’s finances are not considered in determining eligibility for aid. To be an independent student, a student must be able to answer yes to one of the following questions: u Are you 24 or older? u Have both parents been deceased since you were 13? u Have you been a ward of the court or in foster care since age 13? u Are you homeless, or an emancipated minor? u Are you on active duty or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services? u Are you married? u Do you have dependents other than a spouse? u Are you working on a Master’s or Doctorate degree?