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Will Late CSS Profile Disqualify Early Decision Candidate?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Nov. 28, 2014

Question: My Early Decision college had the deadline of November 15 for the submission of CSS Profile. But due to some health related and financial problems, I haven’t submitted it yet. I will submit it on Nov 29. I have emailed my college explaining the reasons behind late submission. Since there is no reply as of yet, what should I do? Am I too late by now?

Since you did ask for an extension and you will get the Profile to the college this weekend, you are probably okay. But I suggest that you telephone the admission office on Monday morning (or any time on Monday that you can get to a phone … keeping in mind that the office will only be open from roughly 8:30 or 9  a.m. until 4 p.m. or so, and that–if the time zone is different from your own–you will have to plan accordingly). Explain your situation and ask if your application will still be considered during the early round, despite the tardy financial aid forms. Chances are good that it will be, but you really need to telephone when the office reopens.

Another consideration is that, if your financial situation is exceptionally complicated … and if the college in question is not “need-blind” …  then it’s possible that you will be moved into the Regular Decision pool due to the late Profile because college financial aid officials won’t have adequate time to sort out your financial aid requirements before the ED notification date. But you can’t know for sure without the phone call.

Good luck!


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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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