Prospective First Year Applicants (Domestic)
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Dickinson's FAFSA code is 003253.
Applicants who wish to apply for federal financial aid only, including the PLUS Loan (i.e. no need-based Dickinson grant assistance), need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is free and there is no fee for its submission or processing. Submitting the FAFSA is required to access federal aid and most state grant programs. Federal Student Aid (FSA) anticipates the 24-25 FAFSA will become available in December 2023. Due to this delay, we recommend prospective students utilize the Federal Student Aid Estimator to see what federal aid they may be eligible for.
We encourage families to file as soon as it becomes available, but no later than February 1st. Most income items for the 2024-25 year can be found on a U.S. income tax return and will be imported to the FAFSA application using the FA-Direct Data Exchange (FA-DDX), eliminating the need for the applicant to self-report most income. Applicants for federal aid only may also be asked at a later date to send signed copies of student and parent Federal Tax Returns, including all schedules and W-2s directly to the Office of Financial Aid.
Applicants applying for Dickinson need-based grant assistance and federal/state aid should complete BOTH the CSS Profile and the FAFSA.
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION STEPS
Follow the steps below if you are a domestic student applying for need-based grant aid from Dickinson for the 2024-25 academic year. Because financial aid from Dickinson is awarded on a funds-available basis, all materials must be received by the appropriate admission deadline for institutional need-based aid consideration:
|Admission Program||Admission and F.A. Postmark Deadline||Admission Decision and F.A. Notification|
|Early Decision I||November 15||Mid-December|
|Early Decision II||January 15||Late February|
|Regular Decision||January 15||Late March|
Step 1: Submit the 2024-25 College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile) to Dickinson using code # 2186 - available after October 1, 2023. The CSS Profile Student Guide provides the basic information you need to complete your Profile application. Applicants applying for federal or state aid only (not Dickinson need-based assistance) do not need to complete the CSS Profile. We encourage all first time applicants to review the CSS Profile FAQs, before completing the CSS Profile.
Step 2: Complete the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 24-25 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023. We encourage families to file as soon as it becomes available, but no later than February 1st. Learn more about the 24-25 FAFSA Simplification.
Step 3: Submit copies of applicant and parent Federal Tax Returns for tax year 2022, along with all accompanying schedules and W-2 forms, to IDOC. Dickinson has contracted with the College Board to collect tax returns and other verification documents through their IDOC service. Applicants who have filed the Profile will receive an email from IDOC with instructions for completing this requirement. Learn More.
Step 4: Check if any supplemental applications are required for state grants or scholarships.
Step 5: Inform the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarship(s) or tuition benefits that the applicant will be receiving.
Other Important Information
Please note, if the applicant's natural parents are divorced, separated or never married, both households will be instructed to fill out a separate CSS Profile. Detailed submission instructions are provided to the applicant during the Profile registration. Both forms must be submitted by the admission deadline.
Please note – when submitting a federal tax return, the return must be either ink signed, electronically signed with a stylus, or a tax preparer must provide his or her name and SSN, EIN, or PTIN on the document. According to the Federal Department of Education, "Form 8879, the IRS e-file Signature Authorization, is not an acceptable substitute for a signature on the tax return."
Students must reapply for need-based aid each year. In order to receive financial aid, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress, apply on time, and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Students and parents can submit electronic files to the Office of Financial Aid by using our Secure Document Upload Form.
For information about potential scholarship opportunities awarded by our Admissions Office, please click here.