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Reapplying for Financial Assistance
If you are currently receiving need-based financial assistance from Brandeis University and wish to receive assistance for the next academic year, you must reapply for financial aid.
The reapplication process begins in the spring semester. In early January, the Office of Student Financial Services will send a letter detailing the documents required for financial aid renewal via e-mail to all students who are currently receiving any form of need-based assistance.
If you decide to study abroad, it is your responsibility to see that these forms are filed on time. Visit Study Abroad for further information.
The following documents should be filed by April 24, 2015 to complete your renewal financial aid application for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please be advised that applications received after this date may not be considered for scholarship funds.
1. The Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Federal School Code 002133
(Required for all students who wish to apply for federal or state aid)
This application must be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you filed a FAFSA in 2014-2015, an e-mail Renewal Reminder or a PIN mailer from the Department of Education's processor will be sent to you in January. If you do not remember your PIN and need to request a duplicate, you can do so at www.pin.ed.gov. In addition, at least one parent must sign the FAFSA. This can be done electronically; parents can also obtain a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. (Please note that the federal government will be transitioning to a new login process for the FAFSA in late April. You will receive information regarding how to create a new ID and password, which will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN, prior to the transition.) Your electronic Renewal FAFSA will reflect much of the information provided on your 2014-2015 FAFSA and will instruct you to provide 2014 income and asset figures.
We highly recommend that you file your tax returns in advance of filing the FAFSA and that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to transfer your and/or your parents' 2014 income figures onto your application to prevent the need for additional income documentation in the future. (Click here for an instructional video on how to use this tool.) Remember to include Brandeis as the school to which your FAFSA should be sent. Our Federal School Code is 002133. We will receive an electronic record of your information after you submit it to the processor. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after your FAFSA has been received and processed. Review the information carefully, and follow the instructions on the SAR if any corrections need to made.
After filing the FAFSA, a series of edits and matches are performed on your application. These include a check with the Social Security Administration to verify that your name corresponds to your Social Security number, a check with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to verify your citizenship status, verification that you have registered with Selective Service (if applicable), and a check to confirm that you are not in default on any previously borrowed Federal student loans. We are required to resolve any discrepancies that arise from these matches, so requests for additional information may follow upon receipt of your FAFSA.
2. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE/Noncustodial PROFILE - School Code 3092
(Required for all students who wish to be considered for institutional need-based scholarship)
This application must be filed online. If your parents are divorced or separated, and Brandeis has required information from your noncustodial parent in previous years, your noncustodial parent must also submit the Noncustodial PROFILE online using the username and pin provided to you upon completion of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
3. Tax Returns
(Required for all students who wish to be considered for institutional financial aid and those selected for verification)
If you received need-based grant or scholarship funds in 2014-2015, or if you are selected for Verification as a result of filing your FAFSA, you will need to submit your and/or your parent(s)' signed 2014 Federal Income Tax Returns, with all pages, schedules and W-2 forms. Once you have submitted your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit your tax returns via the College Board Imaging and Documentation Service (IDOC). (If your parents are divorced or separated, you must also submit a copy of your noncustodial parent's 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, with all pages, schedules and W-2 forms.)
Additional information may be required on a case-by-case basis. We will notify you if we need any additional documentation. Please help us by responding as quickly as possible to our requests. Feel free to contact us directly if you need assistance understanding what we need from you.
If you are currently receiving need-based scholarship funds from Brandeis, you will receive an e-mail request from the College Board Imaging and Documentation Service (IDOC) to send the tax returns and, if applicable, the Verification Worksheet to IDOC. You may either upload your documents directly to IDOC or you may mail these documents to IDOC (College Board Processing Center, P.O. Box 8570, Portsmouth, NH 03802) along with your Cover Sheet. (For a duplicate cover sheet, go to http://idoc.collegeboard.com or call 305-829-9793.) Electronic images of all materials will be forwarded to Brandeis.
First-Time Aid Applicants Currently Enrolled and
Transfer Students for Fall 2015
1. File the following forms:
- CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE ( http://student.collegeboard.org/profile) - for institutional need-based scholarship consideration
- FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) - for federal financial aid consideration
2. Submit your and your parent(s)' signed 2014 Federal Income Tax Returns, with all pages, schedules and W-2 forms via the College Board's IDOC imaging system. (If your parents are divorced or separated, you must also submit a copy of your noncustodial parent's 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, with all pages, schedules and W-2 forms.) Once you have submitted your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit your tax returns via IDOC.
You will need to adhere to the same priority filing dates as returning students who are reapplying for assistance.