University of Arizona CSS Profile required by some

January 15, 2012
The University of Arizona, Tucson, requires the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE for some students.

The University of Arizona, Tucson has once again changed their policy regarding financial aid forms for the 2012-13 school year.

Every student who applies to U of A should file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

There is a second financial aid form called the CSS Profile. https://profileonline.collegeboard.com

According to U of A’s website (see below for details and a link to the website) only those students who have been “invited” are required to fill out the CSS Profile in addition to filing the FAFSA form.

Invited is a pleasant way of saying selected and required for additional audit.

Those who are “invited” will be notified via mail or email or on the student’s UA account (if your student applied online). Double and triple check to see if you were selected to file this additional form and get it submitted and done before the March 1 deadline.

Note there is an additional fee to file the CSS Profile of $25 for one school (additional schools is $16.)

If your student is selected to file the CSS Profile and they do not, you will not get any aid and the application will be considered incomplete. If required, get it in ASAP!

(Please note: if you are a client of mine please let me know right away if you are tagged to file the CSS Profile for U of A.)

-J.D.

 

https://financialaid.arizona.edu/impolicy/12-13

From the website.

Institutional Methodology Policy 2012-2013

The University of Arizona (UA) remains committed to ensuring that every student who qualifies for institutional aid receives it. In an effort to accurately award students based on an analysis of a family's ability to pay, the UA's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is now using Institutional Methodology (IM) for select groups of incoming students. Similar to Federal Methodology (FM), which is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), IM determines a family's ability to pay for college costs but is more comprehensive, accurate, and current than the FM calculation. The UA bases its IM calculation on the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (PROFILE) for two groups of freshman students.

Who Must Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

By Invitation only:

  • Students who meet the following criteria will be invited to complete the PROFILE to determine Arizona Assurance eligibility:

o    Arizona Resident

o    Family income (wages or adjusted gross income) of $42,400 or below and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant

o    Unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)*

o    Submit an application for admission and all required supporting materials to UA by March 1st

o    Complete the FAFSA by March 1st (UA code is 001083)

o    Dependent student

o    Enroll full-time at the UA directly after high school

  • Students who meet the following criteria will be invited to complete the PROFILE to determine eligibility for institutional grant funds:

o    Non-Resident students

o    First time, full-time freshmen

o    Submit an application for admission and all required supporting materials to the University of Arizona by March 1st

o    Complete the FAFSA by March 1st

o    FAFSA EFC ≤ $25,000

Students are notified by invitation only if they must complete the PROFILE. Students should complete the PROFILE only if OSFA has requested that they do so. If OSFA has not requested that the student complete the PROFILE, the completion of this application will be of no benefit to the student.

Students will be notified of the invitation to complete the PROFILE via:

  • Their Next Steps Center
  • Their UAccess Student Center To Do List
  • UA Email

If the parents of the student are divorced/separated/never married or are living separately, the noncustodial parent must complete the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP). Students who are unable to complete the NCP may submit a Request for Waiver of Noncustodial PROFILE. Students should speak with their Financial Aid Counselor if they feel they qualify to submit this request.

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