Currently Enrolled Students
Financial aid at Bates is renewable for up to four years, provided that financial aid application forms are submitted on time, the student’s family continues to demonstrate eligibility according to institutional standards and the student meets prescribed academic progress standards. Families applying for renewal of Bates financial aid must complete the PROFILE and FAFSA and provide copies of income tax returns and other materials annually.
The renewal application deadline is May 1.
Requirements for Currently Enrolled Students
- 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE — The PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE (required when a student’s biological parents live separately) must be completed if you are requesting institutional financial aid from Bates. You do not need to complete these forms if you are requesting only federal financial aid. Our PROFILE school code is 3076.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – The FAFSA is required if you are requesting institutional and/or federal financial aid. Our federal school code is 002036.
Please note that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which allows student and parents to transfer tax information directly to the FAFSA, has been temporarily suspended due to potential security concerns. Applicants should manually enter information from their 2015 tax returns onto the FAFSA.
- 2015 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms — Bates requires copies of parent and student 2015 tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and W-2 forms. If you provided these forms to our office as part of your 2016-17 application, you do not need to resend them. If this is your first application for institutional or federal financial aid, documents should mailed to Student Financial Services at the address shown below. If you are uncertain, you can check status of these requirements online through the Garnet Gateway.
- Business Tax Returns — If your family owns an interest in a corporation, please submit a copy of the corporate tax return to our office. If your parents have income from a partnership, submit a copy of the partnership tax return. If you provided these forms to our office in 2016-17, you do not need to resend them.
Requirements for Undocumented and DACA Applicants
- 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE — The PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE (required when a student’s biological parents live separately) must be completed if you are requesting institutional financial aid from Bates. Our PROFILE school code is 3076.
- Your and your parents’ 2015 US or other government’s income tax return(s). All schedules and attachments must be submitted. Copies of appropriate earnings statements (e.g. W-2 or 1099 forms) also must be submitted. If you or your parents did not and will not file an income tax return for 2015, this should be certified on the student or parent non-filer statement found on the forms section of our webpage; copies of wage or earnings statements must be included.
Federal Verification Requirements
If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the Department of Education and you did not use (or are unable to use) the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to complete a Verification Worksheet and provide Bates with an IRS Tax Return Transcript. Please note that the federal government requires us to collect this information, even if you have already provided us with copies of your federal income tax returns.
Copies of tax returns, W-2 forms and any supplemental forms should be mailed to:Student Financial Services Bates College 44 Mountain Avenue Lewiston, ME 04240
Currently enrolled students will receive information regarding their financial aid eligibility in June if their financial aid application is complete.
Students who apply but are not eligible for need-based financial aid at the time of their admission may reapply for financial aid each year.
Students who do not apply for aid as incoming students are welcome to apply in subsequent years if their family circumstances change.
Please note that the FAFSA is the only application required for students seeking only federal financial aid.