CSS Profile Verification
What Is CSS Profile Verification?
NYU verifies the financial information provided on the CSS Profile from part of its applicant population. If your application is selected, we will gather documentation from you for a review. If information in your documentation is unclear or conflicting, we may ask you for additional documentation. Once the documentation is reviewed, we will ensure that the information provided on your CSS Profile is accurate by making any necessary corrections.
How Do I Know if My CSS Profile is Selected for Verification?
If your CSS Profile is selected for verification, you will be notified with an email. You will also see the requirement on your NYU Applicant Portal checklist.
Students should not submit tax documentation unless you have received the notification that your CSS Profile is selected to be verified.
How Do I Provide My Documentation to NYU?
You should only be able to send your documentation to NYU if you have been selected for CSS Profile Verification. Please do not send documents that are not specifically requested from you.
Once you have confirmed that you have been selected for CSS Profile verification, you will need to log in to the College Board IDOC platform using your CBFinAid ID. The direct link to the platform is available in the email notification letting you know that your CSS Profile has been selected. NYU only has access to the IDOC platform for the students who have been selected for CSS Profile verification.
Please note, students requesting a waiver for their CSS Profile for their non-custodial parent should not submit them through the IDOC platform, but should follow the specific instructions on the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent form.
Which Documents Should Be Uploaded to IDOC?
Students who have been selected for CSS Profile verification should submit documentation for the student and any parents who are included on your CSS Profile application.
Students whose parents are divorced or separated (or are unmarried and do not live together) and were required to submit a CSS Profile for their non-custodial parent’s household should include the information for both the custodial parent’s household and the non-custodial parent’s household. If you were approved for a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Non-custodial Parent, you only need to submit for your custodial parent’s household.
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Note: If your parent did not work but filed taxes (for property/rent, business, etc), the 1040 for 2020 is still required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know NYU received my documents?
Once you have uploaded all of the requested documentation to IDOC, you need to allow up to 10 business days for your financial aid checklist in your Applicant Portal to be updated. It can take several days for the documents to be available to NYU, and another few days for them to be reviewed by our office.
What tax year is required?
For 2022-2023 applicants, your CSS Profile is based on information from the 2020 tax year (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020). If the tax year in your country does not begin on January 1, you may need to submit two years worth of taxes to meet the documentation requirement.
For example, if the tax year in your country begins on July 1, you would need to submit your taxes that span from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 AND July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to meet the requirement. Since you may not have filed the second set of taxes, we would accept wage statements from your employer for the second tax year in that instance.
What if my parent/parents do not file taxes?
Your parent(s) may submit their salary certificate or monthly pay statements and an itemized statement of any benefits received. Be sure to report your parent(s) annual salary/income in the "Parent 1 and/or Parent 2 Wages" section. The AGI (adjusted gross income) section is the combined annual total of your parent(s) salary/wages for the 2020 year.
How will I know if additional documentation is required?
If additional documentation is required after our office has reviewed your initial submission, a financial aid counselor will reach out to you by email to let you know what is needed. You would upload the additional requested items into your IDOC portal. Please check the email address that you provided on your Common Application regularly to keep an eye out for additional documentation requests.
How long does NYU take to review the documentation?
It usually takes a couple of days for IDOC to provide your documents to NYU. After NYU has received them, it can take up to 5-7 business days for your documents to be reviewed by a financial aid counselor.
What if my family’s financial situation has changed from the 2020 tax year?
You should still submit the required verification documents, but also please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 or email@example.com in order to provide our office with additional information about your changed circumstances. A financial aid counselor will be able to advise you if further action and documentation is required.
Should I include my NYU ID on all of the documents?
You do not need to include your NYU ID (N#) on the documentation submitted through IDOC since it will automatically be associated with your NYU application. However, when you are emailing or calling our office, it’s best practice to provide your N# so that we can easily identify your account.
Should I submit a translated copy of my parent(s) tax document and/or their salary certificate or monthly pay statements and an itemized statement of any benefits received?
Yes, all tax/financial documents should include an English translation if the original document is not in English.
Should I convert the income and tax information on my parent(s) tax document and/or their salary certificate or monthly pay statements and an itemized statement of any benefits received?
No, please report all income and tax information in the original currency. You do not need to convert to US Dollars.
I made a mistake when filing the CSS Profile. What should I do?
Since you have been selected for CSS Profile verification, our office will update any fields that are incorrect when we review your documentation. If you are concerned, you may call our office to speak with a financial aid counselor about the specific error you made so they can offer guidance.
After filing my FAFSA, my Student Aid Report said that I was selected for Verification. Do I need to submit any other documents for that?
Federal verification is a separate process. We generally begin processing federal verifications in early June. We will reach out to you if you are admitted to NYU and are also selected for Federal verification.
If you have submitted documentation for a CSS Profile verification that is also needed for your federal verification, we will make every effort to upload that documentation to your federal verification portal on your behalf so that you do not have to submit it a second time. Even if all documentation is able to be submitted on your behalf, you would still be required to log in to your federal verification portal to electronically sign your verification.
FAQ for Households Including a Noncustodial Parent
What if I do not have contact with my noncustodial parent?
If you were notified by the College Board that a noncustodial parent is required to submit a CSS Profile, and you do not and/or cannot have contact with your Noncustodial Parent, please submit the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent by the appropriate deadline following the instructions on the form.
What if I do have contact with my noncustodial parent but they do not submit the CSS Profile verification documents?
If you were required to submit a CSS Profile for your noncustodial parent and were not approved for a waiver request, they will also need to submit their documentation if you are selected for CSS Profile verification. Students who are selected for CSS Profile verification need to submit their documentation in order to be reviewed for NYU scholarship eligibility.
Will my custodial and noncustodial parents be able to see each other’s financial documentation?
No, each of your parent’s information will be separate and they cannot view the other’s information. Nor will the Office of Financial Aid share their information with the other party.