First Year Applicants

We encourage any family concerned about paying for college to apply for need-based financial aid from Bates. To be considered, you must indicate that you will be applying for financial aid on your admission application and provide all of the materials shown below by the applicable deadline – no consideration for institutional aid will be given after admission decisions are mailed. Please note that the FAFSA is the only application required if you are seeking just federal financial aid.

Requirements for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • 2017-18 College Board PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE — Available after October 1, 2016, 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.
  • 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — Available after October 1, 2016, the FAFSA is required if you are requesting institutional and/or federal financial aid.  Please note that you can access IRS information to complete your application by using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). We strongly encourage families to use DRT whenever possible to ensure accuracy and reduce the need to provide additional documentation later on. DRT cannot be used by all tax filers: individuals filing as head of household, those who indicate “married, filing separately”, or those who have filed an extension or amended return are not eligible for DRT. Our federal school code is 002036.
  • 2015 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms — You and your parents (custodial and noncustodial) must submit copies of 2015 tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and W-2 forms.
  • 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.

Copies of tax returns, W-2 forms and other supplemental information should be mailed (please do not email or fax) 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.