What is the CSS profile?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses what a CSS profile is.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: What is the CSS profile?

    Brad Barnett: The CSS profile is another financial aid application. Now, if you are planning for financial aid, every school that awards you federal aid must go by the free applications for Federal student aid but some schools will request the CSS profile to be completed, so, they can determine the eligibility for their institutional dollars, the money that they own and they control. You will typically find, if you need to complete a CSS profile then it's done at Private colleges. Most Public colleges don t use that form for their institutional money so, it's usually something that s just applicable on the private sector.