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How to File the CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is an electronic application provided by the College Board that Drexel uses to determine eligibility for Drexel need-based grant funding. Both domestic and international first-year students and full-time on-campus transfer applicants should complete the CSS Profile.

The CSS Profile becomes available each year on October 1 on the College Board website. Before completing the CSS Profile, read the following:

  • Complete the CSS Profile regardless of what you think your eligibility for financial aid is.
  • File as early as possible; you do not have to complete your admission application in order to begin the CSS Profile. 
  • Drexel's CSS Profile school code is 2194.
  • There is a fee required in order to complete the CSS Profile. The College Board will automatically waive the fee for students who meet College Board's income requirements upon completion of the online application.


  Early Decision/Early Action Regular Decision Transfer 
CSS Profile

November 15

February 15

1 month prior to start of term

Please Note: Transfer students starting in spring need to submit the CSS Profile prior to February 15, the date the CSS Profile closes.

CSS Profile for Noncustodial Parents

November 17

February 17


Noncustodial Parents and the CSS PROFILE (First-Year Students Only)

For first-year students whose parents are divorced, separated, or not married, an additional CSS Profile is required to be completed by their noncustodial parent (previously known as the Noncustodial Parent Profile). This second profile is used to gather information about your noncustodial parent's financial information.

If you are required to have your noncustodial parent complete a CSS Profile, you will be notified by the College Board when you submit your initial Profile. The notification will provide next steps for you, which include contacting your noncustodial parent and directing them to complete the CSS Profile online.

Drexel strongly encourages students to not wait until the deadline to complete a CSS Profile for a noncustodial parent.

Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile Waiver

In certain cases where a student cannot reasonably obtain the necessary information, Drexel will waive the requirement of a CSS Profile for your noncustodial parent. If your noncustodial parent is unable to complete a CSS Profile, please submit the Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile Waiver Request [PDF] along with supporting documentation via Discover Drexel. Drexel will review your request and email you with a final decision.

You should keep in mind the following about the Waiver:

  • Drexel will only consider requests in cases where the information about the noncustodial parent cannot be reasonably obtained.
  • A waiver should be submitted by the deadlines listed above to ensure a timely response from Drexel.
  • If Drexel denies a waiver, you will need to submit the information for your noncustodial parent, or we will not consider your file complete and you will be ineligible for Drexel need-based aid.

Drexel strongly encourages you to use the institution's Noncustodial Parent CSS Profile Waiver Request Form; however, if you submit the waiver form provided by Collegeboard, please include your Drexel ID number and upload the document via your Discover Drexel account.

International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) 

Only for Applicants from Iran

Drexel uses the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) for applicants from Iran to determine eligibility for institutional need-based aid since they are unable to complete the CSS Profile.