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. Please note that Bates is committed to meeting 100% of the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.


Requirements for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid 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. 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 should be included. Documents should be mailed to Student Financial Services at the address shown below.
  • 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.

Requirements for Undocumented and DACA Applicants
  • 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid 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. 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.

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 institutional aid eligibility with their letter of acceptance, if their 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.