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First-Year Students

First-Year Students

To be eligible for consideration for financial aid, incoming U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Students who are not Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States but who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Applications for admission for students who indicate they wish to be considered for financial aid will not be considered complete until the necessary financial aid documents are completed.

First-Year Applicant Deadlines (2017)

  Application
Deadline
Financial Aid Documents Deadline
Notification Date (on or about) Deadline to Enroll
Early Action Nov. 1 Nov. 15 Dec. 15 May 1
Early Decision 1 Nov. 1 Nov. 15 Dec. 15 Jan. 1
PPSP Dec. 1 Dec. 15 Feb. 1 May 1
Early Decision II Jan. 15 Jan. 15 Feb. 1 Feb. 15
Regular Decision Jan. 15 Feb. 1 March 20 May 1

The FAFSA
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for federal student aid, including the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans and Federal College Work-Study. 

Dependent students must complete the form with their parents, while independent students complete the form using their own household information.

To complete a FAFSA online, the student (and their parent in the case of a dependent student) must obtain a FSA ID from the Department of Education at fsaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature. 

The FAFSA is expected to be available Oct. 1 for students applying for admission in the following academic year.

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
All students who would like to be considered for financial aid, including students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who meet all of the following criteria may request a waiver for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE:
  • Family annual income is less than $65,000
  • Family assets total less than $100,000

The CSS/Financial PROFILE and the waiver form will be made available by Oct. 1.

Application Supplements (if requested)
In the course of processing a student's application, the Office of University Financial Aid will sometimes require additional information. Students will be notified of the request via email and can view required documents in their application portal.

Only submit additional forms if requested by the Office of University Financial Aid. Download them from the forms library.