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 register for the CSS PROFILE, if your biological parents are divorced/separated/never married to each other, you will indicate this status.
  • CSS will send you an e-mail containing a link to the NCP application.
  • Forward this link to the noncustodial parent.
  • If you don’t receive the NCP e-mail call PROFILE Customer Support at (305)829-9793. CSS will send the NCP link either to you, or directly to the noncustodial parent.
  • When the noncustodial parent accesses the NCP application, he or she will be instructed to change the password immediately, in order to secure privacy of his or her information.

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.