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Early Decision

Incoming Freshman Financial Aid Application Process:

Important Information

By November 1, 2019 Deadline.

  • Submit the CSS Profile online. (School Code 2259)
    • Input 2018 tax data. Estimates of 2019 and 2020 income information will also be required. The CSS Profile will convert your currency into U.S. Dollars if necessary.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married and they are not living together:
    • Fordham University requires each biological parent to complete a CSS Profile. As you complete your profile, you can instruct the College Board to provide your noncustodial parent with instructions on how to complete a separate CSS Profile. A noncustodial parent is typically the parent the student lived with the least during the past year.
  • Claim your account at to monitor the status of your financial aid application..
    • Visit "Getting Online: Your AccessIT ID".
    • When claiming your AccessIT ID, use the last five-digits of your Fordham ID (FIDN) in lieu of a social security number. 
    • Contact Fordham's Help Desk at 718-817-3999 if assistance is needed in claiming your account.

By November 20, 2019 and Continuously Thereafter

  • Log onto Financial Aid Online to:
    • Review letters and emails from Student Financial Services requesting additional information.
    • Submit all requested information by November 30 via secure upload.
    • View any additional requests and check the status of documents submitted after claiming your account.

What to Expect as an Early Decision Applicant

  • Early Decision is a binding application plan. Early Decision applicants make a commitment to a first-choice institution where, if admitted, they will definitely enroll. This means students must enroll if admitted and withdraw any other pending applications.
  • Admitted applicants who complete the financial aid process by November 30 will receive notification of their financial aid awards by December 19.
  • The Early Decision deposit deadline is January 15, 2020.
  • Applicants who do not complete the process for an early award by November 30 can still file the CSS Profile by January 1 for review during the regular financial aid process.

The Final Steps of Completing the Financial Aid Process:

  • Once you submit your admission deposit, log onto Financial Aid Online to view and accept your awards online  

Please note:

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