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Contact the Office of Student Financial Services:

781-736-3719 (fax)

First-Year Applicants


Before Acceptance

In order to simplify the application process, Brandeis requests that entering first year undergraduate applicants initially file only the College Board/Financial Aid PROFILE form.  This form allows us to determine an applicant’s eligibility for Brandeis funded aid, as well as providing us with estimated eligibility for both federal and state aid.  However, you may apply for just federal and state aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( only.

Please contact us at (781) 736-3700 or if you have any questions or concerns about filing the PROFILE form.  Applications received after the stated deadlines will only be considered for grant or scholarship if funds remain available.

  1. Complete the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE for institutional scholarship consideration. (Please note that ONLY the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for federal financial aid consideration.)

    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.

  2. 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.

    3.  Verification

    If a student's FAFSA application is selected for standard verification, he or she will be required to submit a Verification Worksheet, submit documentation of child support paid and food stamps received (if applicable), and to use either the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA or submit copies of IRS Tax Transcripts to verify the income reported on the FAFSA (non-filers must submit a non-filer statement along with income documentation). He or she may also required to submit documentation of untaxed income, sign a statement of educational purpose, submit a final high school transcript, and/or provide proof of identification to satisfy the requirements of federal verification.

    All verification documents must be submitted prior to the application filing deadlines indicated on the SFS website ( and/or the awarding and disbursement of institutional, federal and state financial aid. Failure to do so by ten days prior to the start of the academic year term will result in cancellation of his or her financial aid, which may result in late fees and/or withdrawal from the University for non-payment of the balance due. If a student is selected for verification after his or her financial aid has been disbursed, he or she will have 30 days to complete the verification process and failure to do so will result in cancellation of both state and federal financial aid. Any required changes to a student’s FAFSA data resulting from the verification process will be made to his or her application directly by Brandeis, unless otherwise instructed. Any changes to his or her financial aid award due to the verification process will be communicated via a financial aid award letter.

    4.  Additional information

    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.


After Matriculation

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:

  1. 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 2016-2017 academic year, we will need your 2015 tax returns). Tax returns must be submitted for both you and your parents (both custodial and noncustodial) and should 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).

  2. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    This form must be completed online at 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' 2015 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.

FAFSA and FSA ID Tutorial

How to create an FSA ID

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.