Application Requirements

First-Year Students

Applying for financial aid can be confusing. Contact us if you have any questions. We're happy to help!


1. CSS Profile

  • The Profile is used to determine eligibility for need based financial aid from Mount Holyoke (School code: 3529). Note: Profile fee waivers are available to first year, first-time domestic students from low income backgrounds. (Applying for federal aid only? The Profile is not required. See FAFSA, below.)
  • Noncustodial: A Profile is required from each parent of an applicant whose biological or adoptive parents are not married to each other unless the parents are living together. In that case, financial information for both parents should be included on one Profile.

2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid grant and loan assistance (School code: 002192).  
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Option (DRT): Chose the DRT option to automatically transfer student and/or parent tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. Using the DRT is efficient and reduces errors. If the FAFSA has already been filed but the DRT was not used, students may return to the FAFSA and select the DRT option.

3. Federal Tax Returns: Parent and Student

  • The 2019 federal tax return, all schedules, & all 2019 W-2s are required from the parent(s), including the noncustodial parent, if applicable, and the student. Tax returns for any corporations, partnerships or trusts, the parent or student owns are also required (Forms 1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S, K-1).
  • Upload all tax forms to the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service, IDOC.  

Once you have submitted the Common Application or the Coalition Application to the Office of Admission and set up your Applicant Status Page, you will be able to see your specific requirements by checking the Financial Aid tab in your Applicant Status Portal. (Please check this page often as we may require additional information once we begin a review of your file.)