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About NCP

? Responding to users' requests that the College Board enhance the CSS Profile service by automating the collection of financial data from the noncustodial parent and developing a methodology to support the calculation of the noncustodial parent's expected contribution, the College Board introduced the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP) service, which consists of two main features:

  • An online application to capture data from noncustodial parents, and
  • A web-based tool that enables aid administrators to analyze the noncustodial parent's financial information and calculate a parent contribution.
Additionally, colleges may request on their SOF that electronic files containing the data captured on the application and the initial computation be made available to download from this website.

Service Options

Colleges interested in using the NCP indicate their preferences when they complete their CSS Profile Service Options (SOF). They may choose to require the NCP from any combination of domestic dependent or independent and first-time or renewal applicants or international applicants who indicate that their biological or adoptive parents are separated, divorced, or were never married and are living separately. Other NCP options such as deadline dates and output requests will also be indicated on the SOF.

Communication with the Student

If the student is applying to at least one college or scholarship program that requires the NCP and reports that his or her biological or adoptive parents are separated, divorced, or were never married and are living separately, the student will be notified online (at the earliest point the NCP is required: registration, application submittal, or add college request) that his/her college(s) require the NCP. The College Board will also send the student an email that details the requirement. The student will be directed to share the email with the noncustodial parent.

Both the online and email messages will include the following information:

  • A link to the NCP website where the noncustodial parent will be required to login.
  • A pre-assigned login and password that must be used by the noncustodial parent the first time he or she accesses the site.
  • A message stating that the noncustodial parent will be required to change the pre-assigned password to access the application.
The student will also be given the option to request that the College Board send an email directly to the noncustodial parent. If the student selects this option, he or she will be asked to provide the noncustodial parent's email address.

Security

When the noncustodial parent first accesses the online application, he or she will be required to change the assigned password to ensure that the application information remains secure and inaccessible to the student and the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent will be permitted to change the password multiple times.

The NCP for International Students

Although the NCP is not customized for international students as the CSS Profile is, anyone with a computer can access, complete and submit a NCP. Institutions that want their international students who qualify based on their parents' marital status to complete an NCP indicate this on their SOF. Colleges should provide clear instructions to their international students as to their NCP requirements.

NCP information from international applicants will be collected in U.S. dollars and will be reported just as domestic applications are.

The Noncustodial PROFILE Application

The application will request the same information as is collected from the custodial parent on the CSS Profile, plus a small number of questions specific to the noncustodial parent's situation. A Pre-Application Worksheet is available to assist noncustodial parents in completing the application.

Cost and Payment

The noncustodial parent is charged $25, regardless of the number of colleges requiring the information. (This is equivalent to the fee for one college on the CSS Profile.) Payment options include a credit card, a VISA or MasterCard debit card, or online check. The College Board waives the fee automatically for noncustodial parents with a very low family income and few assets, based on the financial information provided on the Noncustodial PROFILE application. Fee waivers are available only to noncustodial parents of students who are domestic freshman first-time applicants.

Institutional Reporting

Noncustodial PROFILE Completion Report

To view the status of NCP applications, the aid administrator accesses the Completion Report on finaid online. This cumulative report is updated daily. For each NCP submitted, it contains the student's name, CSS ID, Social Security Number, date of birth, the date the NCP was submitted, and the noncustodial parent?s relationship to the student (mother/father). The Completion Report can be printed to facilitate the updating of institutional document tracking. Institutions may opt, via their SOF, to receive electronic records containing the NCP completion data described above. These records are available through Data Delivery on a daily basis at no charge. PowerFAIDS automatically updates document tracking once the NCP completion data are loaded to the system.

Noncustodial PROFILE Report (NPR)

Institutions may access the submitted NCP data on finaid online by clicking on the Noncustodial PROFILE Report (NPR) or the NCP Completion Report buttons on the finaid online NCP Home Page. A specific NPR can be accessed by entering the student's CSS ID, Social Security Number, or last name on the NPR page, or by clicking a student's name on the Completion Report. The aid administrator is able to:

  • View the NCP application data.
  • View the initial IM computation.
  • Update the application data.
  • Recalculate the IM need analysis results.
The student's NPR is institution-specific. Data changes and recalculations made by one institution cannot be accessed by another institution.

The College Board's Institutional Need Analysis System (INAS) is used to perform IM calculations on the website. Institutions may select from a broad array of INAS optional adjustments when completing their SOF. Any IM options selected will be applied to each NCP application's data.

The initial data provided by the noncustodial parent is stored on finaid online, and can be retrieved by the aid administrator at any time. In addition, all changes to application data and corresponding calculations will be dated and maintained for future access if "saved" by the aid administrator. Once the noncustodial parent's contribution is finalized, the aid administrator can enter the result in an appropriate field in the campus information system.

The 2017-18 NPRs will be available on finaid online until June 30, 2019.

The aid administrator can choose to print the entire NPR or only the computation section of the NPR.

Data Delivery

Institutions may opt to receive electronic records containing each parent's application data and initial computation. The initial computation is performed by INAS using the NCP optional adjustments selected by the institution when completing their SOF.

These records are available at no charge through Data Delivery according to the schedule set by the institution on their SOF. For a full listing of all of the data reported in the file, see the NCP Data Delivery Layout.

Statistics

In the Statistics area of finaid online, the institution can view summary data related to this service for first-time and renewal applicants. Information includes:

  • Number of their students whose biological/adoptive parents are separated, divorced, or never married.
  • Number of noncustodial parents who have accessed the site to change their password (but have not begun the application).
  • Number of in-progress applications.
  • Number of submitted applications.
The NCP Process

Step 1: Service Options

CSS Profile users indicate whether or not they require the NCP, and if so, from what population(s) it is required. Users may also indicate NCP priority filing dates and select IM adjustments to be applied to the NCP calculation.

Step 2: Student registers for CSS Profile

If the student indicates that his/her biological or adoptive parents are separated, divorced, or were never married, living separately, and an institution to which the student is applying requires the NCP...

  • At the end of the registration process, the student is prompted to contact the noncustodial parent with the provided information on how to fulfill the NCP requirement. An email is also sent outlining the secure process for accessing the website and submitting the NCP. The student may also ask the College Board to email the noncustodial parent directly.
  • Notification of the NCP requirement also occurs when the completed CSS Profile is submitted or when colleges are added that require the NCP if the student has not been previously notified. The student will receive only one notification.
Step 3: Noncustodial parent completes the NCP online

  • A Pre-Application Worksheet and instructions are available, supplemented by online edits and help.
  • The $25 fee is automatically waived for low-income/asset parents of first-time domestic applicants.
  • An online Acknowledgment is provided to the noncustodial parent to confirm completion of the NCP.
Step 4: Institution reviews NCP information

Using finaid online, aid administrators may...

  • View the status of NCP applications through the Noncustodial PROFILE Completion Report (this information may also be received electronically).
  • View and update NCP application data and IM need analysis results through the Noncustodial PROFILE Report (NPR) (the original information may also be received electronically).
  • Finalize the noncustodial parent's share of the contribution.
Step 5: Institution determines the total family contribution

  • Compare the custodial parent's standard IM contribution with the adjusted contributions (per the NCP methodology) and decide which contribution to use.
  • Per institutional policy, combine the noncustodial parent's contribution with that of the custodial parent.
  • Update the institutional information system with the NCP contribution.

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