Prospective First Year Applicants (Domestic)

Prospective international applicants should click here.

Undocumented student applicants should follow the steps as outlined below. Since undocumented students are not eligible for Federal financial aid, there is no need to send FAFSA data to Dickinson.  They also should provide a copy of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work authorization to the Office of Financial Aid. 

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.  The FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1st. We encourage families to use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval tool to pull their tax information over to the FAFSA from the IRS. Applicants for federal aid only should also send signed copies of student and parent tax returns and W-2s directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Applicants applying for Dickinson need-based grant assistance and federal/state aid should complete BOTH the CSS Profile and the FAFSA.


Follow the steps below if you are a domestic student applying for need-based grant aid from Dickinson for the 2023-24 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 Mid-February
Regular Decision January 15 Late March



Step 1:  Submit the 2023-24 College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile) to Dickinson using code # 2186 - available after October 1, 2022. 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.  

Step 2:  Complete the 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will collect 2021 tax information and be available to file on October 1, 2022. Dickinson's 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.

Step 3:  Submit copies of applicant and parent Federal Tax Returns for tax year 2021, 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 Financial Aid Office 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.

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 Financial Aid Office by using our Secure Document Upload Form.