Starting this fall, students applying for admission to Ithaca College who also want to be considered for Ithaca College’s need-based financial aid are no longer required to submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, a form that is used by colleges nationwide to award institutional aid. Instead, applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents need only submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents need only submit one financial aid application. Both the FAFSA and the international financial aid application are free, while there is a charge to submit the CSS Profile.
“This is the first of several approaches we are taking aimed at expanding access, increasing affordability, and providing greater transparency and clarity about the financial aid process,” said Laurie Koehler, vice president for marketing and enrollment strategy.
This shift will simplify the financial aid application process and reduce barriers to enrollment while making IC more accessible, affordable, and inclusive. Data confirm that requiring the CSS Profile was a barrier especially for first-generation and BIPOC applicants.
“Eliminating the CSS Profile will simplify the Ithaca College financial aid application process for students and parents and allow Ithaca College to offer complete financial aid packages to more students, earlier in the recruitment cycle,” said Shana Gore, executive director of student financial services.