First Year Applicants
We encourage any family concerned about paying for college to apply for institutional and federal need-based financial aid.
To be considered for Bates institutional grant aid, you must first indicate an intent to apply for financial aid on your admission application — no consideration for institutional aid will be given after admission decisions are mailed. If you request aid after admission decisions are mailed, you will still be considered for federal financial aid.
Requirements for First Year Applicants
- College Board PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE (if your parents are divorced or separated) — You may use estimated information in order to meet applicable deadlines. Bates’ school code is 3076. Please note that the PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE are required only 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 (a student loan, for example.)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — You may use estimated information in order to meet applicable deadlines. Bates’ FAFSA school code is 002036. Please note that the FAFSA is required regardless of whether you are requesting institutional or federal financial aid.
- Parent (and noncustodial parent) and student 2013 federal income tax returns, including W-2 forms and all schedules. Early Decision applicants must also provide copies of 2012 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms.
- Student Non-Filer Statement (PDF) - if the student is not required to file a federal income tax return
- Supplemental Forms — If either parent is self-employed or owns any part of a business or farm, he or she should send copies of corporate or business tax returns for each business or farm in which an interest is held to Student Financial Services. Each document sent should include the applicant’s name.
Important Information Regarding the FAFSA
Students and parents completing the FAFSA have the option of using 2013 federal income tax data from the IRS when completing the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to request and retrieve 2013 tax return data directly from the IRS to use on the FAFSA, increasing accuracy and making is less likely that an application will be selected for verification. In order to take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, Bates generally recommends that you complete your FAFSA after 2013 federal tax returns are filed, but if you’ve already completed your FAFSA manually, you can return at a later date to transfer your tax return information into the FAFSA.
Please note that electronic tax returns must be submitted at least 10 days prior to using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in order for the data to be transferred directly into the FAFSA. Data from paper tax returns will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.
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.
- How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool - video courtesy of UCSB
- Instructions for obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcript
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
Students who are accepted to Bates will receive information regarding their financial aid eligibility with their letter of acceptance, 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.