First Year and Transfer 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
  • 2023-24 CSS Profile — The CSS Profile must be completed by your parents (custodial and noncustodial) 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. The 2023-24 Profile form is available on October 1, 2022.
  • 2023-24 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. The 2023-24 FAFSA can be completed after October 1, 2022.
  • 2021 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms — You and your parents (custodial and noncustodial) must submit copies of 2021 tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and W-2 forms to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC). If you or your parents did not file a 2021 income tax return, please complete a Non-Tax Filer Statement available on IDOC.
  • Business Tax Returns — If your parents hold an interest in a partnership or corporation, please submit a copy of the corporate or partnership tax return with all pages and schedules to IDOC.

Requirements for Undocumented and DACA Applicants
  • 2023-24 CSS Profile — The CSS Profile must be completed by your parents (custodial and noncustodial) if you are requesting institutional financial aid from Bates. Our Profile school code is 3076. The 2023-24 Profile form is available on October 1, 2022.
  • 2021 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms — You and your parents (custodial and noncustodial) must submit copies of 2021 tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and W-2 forms to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC). If you or your parents did not file a 2021 income tax return, please complete a Non-Tax Filer Statement available on IDOC.

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 for financial aid in the year following their first year of attendance if family circumstances change.

Please note that the FAFSA is the only application required for students seeking only federal financial aid.