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 can 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 2016-17 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. Please note that this form cannot be completed before January 1, 2016.
  • Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms — Copies of tax returns and W-2 forms are required from both parents (custodial and noncustodial) and the student applicant. If your parents’ 2015 returns won’t be complete by the deadline, please mail your parents’ 2014 tax returns to our office. You are required to submit your parents’ 2015 tax returns to our office as soon as they are available.
  • Business Tax Returns — If your family owns a corporation or interest in a partnership, please send the most recent corporation or partnership tax return to our office. Please note that a K-1 alone is insufficient data, as complete tax returns are needed.
  • Estates and Trusts — If you, your parents, or other siblings are beneficiaries of an estate or trust, submit the appropriate schedule K-1 of IRS Form 1041 or IRS Form 4970.
  • If your parents are separated or divorced, your noncustodial parent’s tax returns are also required

Important Information Regarding the FAFSA

Students and parents completing the FAFSA have the option of using 2015 federal income tax data from the IRS when completing the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to request and retrieve 2015 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.

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 is generally available 6 to 8 weeks after a return is filed.

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.