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In order to apply for need-based financial aid, you should do the following by the published filing deadlines. Please be advised that applications received after the stated deadlines will only be considered for scholarship funds if funds remain available.
- Complete the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
The PROFILE is a two-part application. Begin the process by registering with the College Scholarship Service online.
Once you have registered, you will be able to access your online application immediately. The application will be customized based on your registration information and your college choices. For Brandeis University, some additional questions in Section Q of the PROFILE and some additional supplements may be required, so it is important to include Brandeis University (CSS Code 3092) as one of the recipients of your application when you register.
Your PROFILE application should be submitted to the College Board by November 15 for Early Decision I applicants, January 1 for Early Decision II applicants, and February 1 for Regular Decision applicants. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an online PROFILE Acknowledgement. If you wish to make any changes to your PROFILE application after you have submitted it online, you will need to contact Brandeis directly with your corrections.
- Complete any supplemental forms that are included with your PROFILE application.
If you indicated that your parents own a business or a farm, you will be asked to submit complete copies of your parent(s)' prior-year business tax returns (i.e., Schedule C, Partnership, S-Corporation and U.S. Corporation). These forms may be photocopied, and should be returned directly to the Office of Student Financial Services.
If you stated that your natural parents are divorced or separated, you will need to have your noncustodial parent (the parent with whom you do not live) complete the Noncustodial PROFILE. Upon completion of the PROFILE registration process, you will receive a link to the web site where the noncustodial parent can access and complete this application. CSS will send the data from this application to Brandeis electronically.
Once you have been admitted to, and decide to attend, Brandeis, we will need to verify your tentative award with some additional information. This includes:
- Your and your parent(s)' prior-year Federal Income Tax Returns, with all pages, schedules, W-2 forms and signatures.
We realize that you may have filled out your financial aid forms before filing your taxes and, as a result, may have had to use estimates of your income on the PROFILE and FAFSA. To provide all of our students with accurate financial aid awards, we will verify your initial tentative award using your and your parent(s)' actual prior year income (for example, if you are applying for the 2014-2015 academic year, we will need your 2013 tax returns). Tax returns must be submitted for both you and your parents (both custodial and noncustodial) and can either be sent directly to Brandeis or may be submitted to us via the College Board IDOC service (all matriculated students will receive an e-mail in mid-May with instructions on how to send the tax returns via IDOC).
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This form must be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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' 2013 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.
Additional information may be required on a case-by-case basis. We will notify you when 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.