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Student Financial Services

Prospective Students Applying for Aid

Please note that new applicants will only be able to upload documents to their BentleyConnect portal after they complete the admission process.

Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Begins
Early Decision I November 15 Late December
Early Decision II January 15 Early February
Regular Decision and Early Deferred January 15 Late March
Transfer April 1 Rolling


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

You are eligible to apply for need-based aid if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 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 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our FAFSA school code is 002124. 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 2023-2024 College Scholarship Service PROFILE. Our CSS code is 3096. Applicants who wish to be considered for Bentley need-based funding must complete this form. Please note: Noncustodial parents will need to create their own account and complete their own CSS Profile. Please see these instructions for creating parent accounts.

You may qualify to have this requirement waived if you meet certain criteria. You can review this criteria and submit a waiver form at

Step 3: Submit signed copies of 2021 federal tax returns, including all schedules and all W-2 and/or 1099 forms for your parents.. Financial documents should be uploaded via BentleyConnect portal. 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. Additionally, for security purpose, we cannot accept documents via email that contain sensitive information such as social security numbers.

Step 4: Review our list of Supplemental Forms to ensure that there are no additional forms that need filing (e.g. for parents who own a business or real estate other than their home). Please note that Supplemental Forms for 2023-2024 will be available soon.

Step 5: Monitor your Financial Aid Checklist regularly through the BentleyConnect Portal as additional documents may be required during our review of your application. Be sure to check your email for additional requests and reach out to the Office of Financial Assistance with any questions about requirements.

Financial Aid Forms and Documents

Required Forms

Requirement Details
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply at

CSS Profile

Apply at
Parent 2021 IRS Tax Returns and W-2 and/or 1099 Statements Tax returns must be physically signed and include all schedules (Sch 1, 2, 3, C, E, F)


Forms That May Be Required

Requirement Details
Noncustodial Profile Required of divorced/separated or single parents. Apply at
2021 Business Tax Returns or Business/Farm Supplement Required of those who own a business or are self-employed
Clarification of Property Value Form Required of those who own one or more rental properties or rent out a portion of their primary home


Non-filers and Foreign Tax Returns

If 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. Please note, if your parents file a foreign tax return, you must submit this along with a translation page. If your parents work in a country where individual taxes are not filed, please provide an income statement from their employer. Contact your counselor for questions on appropriate documentation for non-US tax filers.

Documents should be uploaded using the BentleyConnect portal. Documents may also be faxed to 781-891-2448 or mailed to:
       Bentley University Office of Financial Assistance
       Rauch 104
       175 Forest Street
       Waltham, MA 02452

Verification Requirements

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called Federal Verification. If your FAFSA record was selected, there are additional financial aid requirements necessary to confirm your financial aid eligibility. You will know if you have been selected for verification by a message included in your FAFSA confirmation report (the SAR or Student Aid Report).

Your Bentley financial aid requirements may include a signed copy of the Verification Worksheet, available on our Supplemental Forms page, and the use of IRS Data Retrieval on your FAFSA or an IRS Tax Return Transcript for both the parent and student. If you are unable to retrieve a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS, we are currently able to accept a signed copy of the 2021 tax return in its place. If the student did not file taxes in 2021, we will need a copy of the Statement for Students Not Filing a 2021 Tax Return, which can be found on the Supplemental Forms page. In the event a parent did not file, we will need verification of nonfiling from the IRS. For all cases of nonfiling; we can no longer accept a Statement for Parent Not Filing a Tax Return. If any additional documents are required, a financial aid counselor will contact students directly.

Please contact your financial aid counselor with any questions about this process.

Guide to Financial Aid

Office of Financial Assistance

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
Phone: +1(781)-891-3441; Fax: +1(781)-891-2448