Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 348 CSS PROFILE The CSS PROFILE is a need analysis form that provides colleges and scholarship programs with information on a family’s financial situ- ation. Some colleges and scholarships require that students and parents complete theCollegeScholarshipService(CSS)PROFILE,inadditiontotheFAFSA. These colleges will list the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE as a requirement in their fi- nancial aid instructions. The CSS PROFILE should be submitted in the fall of a student’s senior year. For information, and to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online, go to css.collegeboard.org. Independent student criteria Forfinancialaidpurposes,astudentiseitheradependentoranindepen- dent student. Very few students meet the criteria to be an independent 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 US 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?