CSS Profile

Yale’s CSS College Code is 3987

Date available: October 1

Date due for Early Action: November 11

Date due for Regular Decision: March 15

Date due for Transfer students: March 15

Date due for Eli Whitney students: May 1

Date due for continuing students: 

Full year and fall term
Application file completed by Notified of award by
April 17, 2017 June 9*
May 10, 2017 June 23
Spring term only
Application file completed by Notified of award by
Sept 1, 2017 Oct 2
Oct 11, 2017 Nov 10

*Notifications begin on this date.

Description: 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile collects information used by some colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. Institutional aid is a substantial part of the financial aid package for most Yale College students, and the CSS Profile, along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, is used to determine eligibility for Yale scholarships.

The CSS Profile provides Student Financial Services with more detailed information than the FAFSA and is required for all students applying for a Yale scholarship. The Profile is processed by the College Board, which charges a fee for the Profile application. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the fee is automatically waived for applicants whose families have low incomes and assets.

For more information, see the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE website.

Instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents: 

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
• Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

• The CSS Profile provides a fee waiver for first-year U.S. applicants from low-income families with few assets. If you qualify for the waiver, it is processed automatically based on the financial information you enter in the Profile, and no fee will be charged.

Instructions for Canadian citizens: 

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

Instructions for international citizens (non-Canadian): 

At Yale we ask our international financial aid applicants to use the online College Board CSS Profile if they are able to do so. This option provides Yale with more accurate and complete financial information, a consistent calculation of ability to pay, and quicker access to financial information without the delay of mailing, sorting, and imaging required for our systems. For those students who are not able to use the online CSS Profile (because of lack of internet access, lack of credit card access, or other financial difficulties), please contact our office.

• Apply on line on the College Board’s website using Yale’s CSS College Code: 3987.

• You should gather as much personal financial information as possible before beginning.

• If applicable, families should complete all required CSS supplements as well.

Please note:
Yale receives your profile data electronically from CSS, so do not send copies or printouts of your application to Yale.

Student type: 
Prospective students, Early Action, Regular Decision, New students, Continuing students, Eli Whitney students, Transfer students
Student citizenship: 
U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, International citizens (non-Canadian)