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Early Decision

Incoming Freshman Financial Aid Application Process:

In Early Decision, students make a commitment to a first-choice institution where, if admitted, they definitely will enroll (students must also withdraw all other admission applications). Students who are U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens are eligible to receive an early financial aid package including federal*, state and institutional awards by December 19. 

Complete the following steps: 

  • Both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile are available on the same date, October 1.
  • File the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile by the November 15 deadline. Filing both forms at the same time will help you ensure the financial data are consistent on the two applications.
    • Secure a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) before filing the FAFSA.
    • Your family will use 2017 income information on both applications.
    • The easiest way to complete your FAFSA with accurate income information is by employing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) through Using this free tool, in a few simple steps, most students and parents who filed a 2017 tax return can transfer their tax return information directly into their FAFSA. This process will also provide you with some of the data you will need to complete the CSS Profile.
  • Respond to requests for additional information on a timely basis no later than December 1 and ensure all documents requiring a signature are signed. 

Students who miss the early decision deadline will be considered for a regular decision financial aid package.

What to expect: Next Steps in Completing the Financial Aid Process:


  • Eligibility for state, federal and institutional aid is determined by estimated family contribution, enrollment status, academic performance and availability of funds.  

*To be considered for federal aid you only need to file a FAFSA.