Early Decision I

Because of significant Department of Education processing delays, we will not have information about your FAFSA submission until late March at the earliest. Once the FAFSA data is released to us, we are committed to sharing financial aid information with you as soon as possible. Applicants, will not be disadvantaged by this delay. We will continue to update this webpage as we receive more information from the Department of Education. Thank you for your patience. 

Incoming First-Year 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 offer including federal*, state, and institutional aid.

Important Information
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile to receive maximum consideration for all types of aid including Fordham grants and scholarships, if you have not yet done so.
  • Make certain Fordham has your correct social security number on file and that you file both the FAFSA and CSS Profile using the name and number printed on your social security card.
  • To be considered exclusively for federal aid, only the FAFSA is required.
  • Financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.
  • The Net Price Calculator is available to provide a preliminary estimate of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility.
By November 15 Deadline
  • Submit the CSS Profile online. (School Code 2259)
    • Input the 2022 tax data. Estimates of 2023 and 2024 income information will also be required.
    • 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 who contributed less than half of the financial support to the student during the past year.
  • Claim your account to monitor the status of your financial aid application.
    • Visit "Getting Online: Your AccessIT ID"
    • Contact Fordham's Help Desk at 718-817-3999 if assistance is needed in claiming your account.
By January 15 Deadline
By November 22 and Continuously Thereafter

Log into your Financial Aid Portal to: 

  • Review letters and emails from Student Financial Services requesting additional information.
  • Submit all requested information within two weeks of request 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 December 1, will receive notification of their financial aid awards by December 20.
  • The Early Decision deposit deadline is January 15.
  • Applicants who do not complete the process for an early award by December 1 can still file by February 1 for review during the regular financial aid process.
The Final Steps of 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.