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

Early Action

Mid-February

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 and Early Action 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 2013 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).

Step 5: Remain aware of the deadlines below.

Financial Assistance Application Calendar

Early Decision*

Early Action*

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, 2014

Feb. 1, 2014

Feb. 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

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

Dec. 1, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013

Feb. 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

Parent and student 2013 W-2 statements
Fax or mail to Bentley

Feb. 15, 2014

Feb.15, 2014

Feb. 15, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

Parents' signed 2013 IRS tax return*
Fax or mail to Bentley

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

Student's signed 2013 IRS tax return*
Fax or mail to Bentley

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

Forms That May Be Required

       

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

Dec. 1, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013

Mar. 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

CSS Business/Farm Supplement
Fax or Mail to Bentley

Dec. 1, 2013

Dec. 1, 2013

Mar. 1, 2014

Apr. 15, 2014

*Early Decision and Early Action applicants must also submit a copy of the 2012 parent and student federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 statements, by December 1, 2013.

**Transfer students admitted for Spring 2015 must submit all financial aid application materials by November 1, 2014. Please note that this semester is part of the 2014-2015 academic year and 2013 tax documents and 2014-2015 supplemental forms (if applicable) are required.