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Applying for Aid - Prospective Students

You are eligible to apply for need-based aid if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Financial aid awards are mailed to prospective students according to the following schedule:

Application

Award Notification Begins

Early Decision

Mid-January

Regular Decision and Early Deferred

April 1

Transfer

Rolling

 

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Please be sure to complete all of the steps below so we can provide you with an award before the enrollment deposit deadline.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  All applicants for financial aid must complete this form, which will be used to determine your eligiblity for federal and state aid.  If you do not wish to be considered for Bentley need-based aid, you may complete the FAFSA only.  Please let us know if you will not be completing the CSS Profile.

Step 2: Complete the College Scholarship Service PROFILE.  Applicants who wish to be considered for Bentley need-based funding must complete this form.  Early Decision applicants may also wish to complete the CSS Profile to receive an early financial aid award before the FAFSA is available.

Step 3: Submit your tax return from the previous year until the return for the following year has become available. If you are able to submit copies of your 2015 federal tax returns and schedules by March 1, we encourage you to do so to increase the accuracy of our initial estimate of eligibility. Tax returns are required once you commit to Bentley; they should be mailed to the Office of Financial Assistance when you send your enrollment deposit, if you were unable to send the tax documents by March 1.

Step 4: Review our list of Supplemental Forms to ensure that there are no additional forms that need filing (i.e. for self-employed or separated parents).  Please note that Supplemental Forms for 2016-2017 will be available in Fall 2015.

Step 5: Remain aware of the deadlines below.

Financial Assistance Application Calendar

Early Decision*

Regular Decision,
Early Decision Deferred

Transfer Students**

Required Forms
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Mail to federal processor or submit at www.fafsa.gov

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

College Scholarship Service PROFILE
Apply online at www.collegeboard.org

Dec. 1, 2015

Feb. 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

Parent and student 2015 W-2 statements
Fax or mail to Bentley

Feb. 15, 2016

Feb. 15, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

Parents' signed 2015 IRS tax return*
Fax or mail to Bentley

May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

Student's signed 2015 IRS tax return*
Fax or mail to Bentley

May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

Forms That May Be Required

     

Non-Custodial Parent's Statement
Fax or Mail to Bentley

Dec. 1, 2015

Mar. 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

CSS Business/Farm Supplement
Fax or Mail to Bentley

Dec. 1, 2015

Mar. 1, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

*Early Decision applicants must also submit a copy of the 2014 parent and student federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 statements, by December 1, 2015.

**Transfer students admitted for Spring 2016 must submit all financial aid application materials by November 1, 2015. Please note that this semester is part of the 2015-2016 academic year and 2014 tax documents and 2015-2016 supplemental forms (if applicable) are required.