If your biological parents are divorced or separated, or were never married to each other, then your noncustodial parent will need to file the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP) as part of your financial aid application. The NCP is an online application used to assess a noncustodial parent’s ability to contribute toward college expenses. Recognizing the sensitivity of financial circumstances, strict confidentiality between each parent’s information is maintained.

  • When you complete the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE,  you should report ALL parents. This means both biological or adoptive parents (whether they are together or not), parents who are deceased, and the spouses or partners of living parents.
  • You will report each of their relationship to you, and which parents the student lives with, or from whom you receive the greater support.
  • This information will be used as we determine which parent will complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE with you and which should file the NCP.
  • Your noncustodial parent can log in to the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and begin the NCP at any time, but they may only submit it once you (the student) have selected a school that requires the NCP.

Determining the Custodial Parent

The custodial parent is defined as the biological/adoptive parent that the student lived with more during the 12 months prior to applying for aid, per federal regulations and Syracuse University policy.

If the student lived with neither parent during the prior 12 months, or lived equally with each parent, the custodial parent is the parent from whom the student received more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that the student received support from a parent.

In determining custodial parent status, it does not matter which parent claims the student as an exemption for tax purposes.