Complete information on Early Decision financial aid forms and deadlines is available at Applying for Financial Aid: Early Decision.
Early Decision FAQ
What forms are Early Decision students required to file to apply for financial aid?
When do I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be filed after Jan. 1. Students who are admitted under our Early Decision plan should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Students who are told by the Admission Office that their decision on admission to the College has been deferred to Regular Decision should follow the Regular Decision filing deadline and application procedures.
What kind of a decision on financial aid does an Early Decision applicant receive?
Your financial aid decision will be the same as one we would give you in April if you had applied for Regular Decision except that we will adjust your aid for the following information when it becomes available:
- Actual Tuition and Self-Help: During the Early Decision process, we will estimate your financial aid based on an estimate of tuition (and, of course, all other costs) and the loan, job and summer savings expectations. When tuition and College costs are set for the upcoming year, through the College’s budget process, we will adjust your College Grant accordingly. That means if we guess too low on tuition, we will increase your College Grant aid for the higher tuition figure. If we guess too high on the loan, job and summer savings expectations, we will increase your College Grant for the lower expectations.
- Final Income, Assets and Other Figures from the FAFSA and Tax Returns: We will compare the information you filed on the Profile Application for Early Decision with the information you file with Federal Government on the FAFSA and the figures on final tax returns and adjust your aid to reflect the level of assistance you would have received had we known these final figures when we made your original decision.