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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 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  All applicants for financial aid must complete this form, which will be used to determine your eligibility 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 2018-2019 College Scholarship Service PROFILE.  Applicants who wish to be considered for Bentley need-based funding must complete this form.

Step 3: Submit signed copies of 2016 federal tax returns and W2 forms for you and your parents.  Please note that we do not subscribe to the IDOC upload service, so we are unable to view documents that have been uploaded to the College Scholarship Service site via IDOC. In addition, we cannot accept documents via email that contain sensitive information such as social security numbers for security purposes.

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 2018-2019 will be available in Fall 2017.

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

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

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

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

Parents' signed 2016 IRS tax return and W2 Statements*
Fax or mail to Bentley

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

Student's signed 2016 IRS tax return and W2 Statements*
Fax or mail to Bentley

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

Forms That May Be Required

   

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

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

CSS Business/Farm Supplement
Fax or Mail to Bentley

November 15, 2017

January 8, 2018

Apr. 1, 2018

*If you or your parents do not file a federal tax return, please complete Non-Filer Forms, which can be found on the Supplemental Forms section of our website.

**Freshmen and transfer students admitted for Spring 2018 must submit all financial aid application materials by November 1, 2017. Please note that this semester is part of the 2017-2018 academic year and 2015 tax documents and 2017-2018 supplemental forms (if applicable) are required.