Continuing Domestic Applicants (Citizen & Eligible Noncitizens)
Note: Continuing international students are not required to file new applications each year.
The application deadline for returning and continuing students for the 2016-17 academic year is May 1. If supporting documents are required (e.g., verification materials, copies of tax returns and W-2 forms), they should be provided to us before the end of May, if possible. We release financial aid awards to returning students whose files are complete in late June (before billing statements are sent).
Follow these steps if you are a continuing student applying for need-based aid from Dickinson:
Step 1: Complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will collect 2015 tax information. File after January 1, but before May 1. NOTE: This is Dickinson's deadline. Some state grant deadlines are earlier than this. See FAFSA instructions for details. Dickinson's FAFSA code is 003253. Be sure to use (if able) the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer the tax data directly from the IRS Website to the FAFSA.
For the 2017-18 Academic Year: Continuing students may file their FAFSA starting October 1, 2016. Income information from 2015 (prior-prior year) is required for the 2017-18 FAFSA. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The earlier availability of the FAFSA will not affect the timeline for continuing students to receive their financial aid packages for the 17-18 school year. Further instructions on the application process for 17-18 will be sent via email in the spring.
Step 2: New for rising Sophomores and Juniors ONLY for the 2016-17 academic year: As a result of the U.S. Department of Education's move to a Prior-Prior Year FAFSA (beginning in 2017-18), we are requesting signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W2 forms as part of the aid application process. Please fax, mail, or email via a PDF copy of the documents to the Office of Financial Aid - Feel free to black out Social Security Numbers. The reason we are requesting this information is because the Department of Education has said that they will be comparing data between both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years and we want to be sure that the information is accurate.
Step 3: Complete Dickinson College's Online Financial Aid Application. This form is to be completed by the student and is required to determine continued eligibility for institutional grant assistance. The online application asks for general information, extracurricular activities, and a family member listing. Completion time is estimated at 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of extracurricular activities in which you participate. Complete by May 1. This application is available from the Student Forms tab on the Dickinson Gateway (click on Financial Aid).
Step 4: If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, our office will send you an email detailing what information is needed and how to obtain it. If you need a copy of the 2016-17 Dependent Verification Worksheet, click here. Independent student, click here. To obtain an IRS tax transcript, click here. Please contact us if you have questions or need help.
CSS PROFILE Application
Students who have not previously applied for need-based Dickinson Grant and/or who believe that they will need additional financial assistance from Dickinson should submit the CSS PROFILE so that we may assess or reassess their financial need. Signed copies of current year tax returns are also required. You may also want to consider filling out a new CSS PROFILE if there will be a sibling enrolled in a full-time undergraduate institution for the upcoming school year.
In some cases, the college may need additional forms such as the Non-custodial Parent Statement. If non-custodial parent information is needed, you will be contacted by the Financial Aid office.
Note: Students whose financial circumstances remain the same as the previous year need only submit the FAFSA and the Dickinson College Financial Aid Application.
Other Items of Note
If you have a Direct Loan for the current year, you will not have to complete a new promissory note. We will determine your maximum eligibility for the upcoming year and notify you via your award notice. If you wish to reduce or decline all or part of the loan, please contact our office.
PLUS and Private Alternative Loans typically require a new application each year. There is no absolute deadline, but applications should be completed by early July for funds to be on hand at the beginning of the semester.
Parents may also take advantage of a monthly payment option through TMS (Tuition Management Systems).