Application Requirements

Transfer Students

We understand that applying for financial aid can be confusing. Please review the application information below.
If you have questions, contact us. We're happy to help!


1. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (and Noncustodial PROFILE if applicable)

  • The PROFILE is used to determine eligibility for need based financial aid from Mount Holyoke. If you are applying for federal aid only you do not need to file the PROFILE. (See FAFSA, below.)
  • File the CollegeBoard PROFILE onlineSchool Code: 3529.
  • The Noncustodial PROFILE is required of students whose biological or adoptive parents are not married to each other and are living separately. IF a Noncustodial PROFILE is required, after submitting the PROFILE the CollegeBoard will email the student with instructions on filing the Noncustodial PROFILE. (NOTE: If biological/adoptive parents are living together (whether married or not), financial information for both parents should be included on the PROFILE. Please also note that we require the noncustodial parent to submit the noncustodial PROFILE as well as federal tax forms even if no support was received from the noncustodial parent.)

2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid including grant and loan assistance. (If you are applying for federal aid only you do not need to file the PROFILE.)
  • File the FAFSA online. (School Code: 002192.) Filing for the academic year 2015-2016 begins January 1, 2015
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Option (DRT)
    To expedite the application process we recommend that you chose the DRT option to automatically transfer your and/or your parents' tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA. To use this option, file the FAFSA at least two weeks after filing tax returns electronically with the IRS; six weeks if taxes were filed via paper. If you have already filed your FAFSA but did not use the DRT, you may return to your FAFSA and select that option. (Keep in mind you should still meet our priority deadline.) View a brief IRS Data Retrieval tutorial with step-by-step instructions.

3. Parent and Student Federal Tax Returns

  • Forms include: 2014 federal tax return, all schedules, and W-2s.
  • Upload all tax forms directly to the Institutional Documentation Service, IDOC. (File the PROFILE first. You will receive a notice from the College Board after filing to submit your forms to IDOC.)
  • If you or your parents own any corporations, partnerships or trusts, include copies of those returns (Forms 1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S, K-1). 
  • Noncustodial parent 2014 federal tax returns, all schedules and W-2s, are required if the Noncustodial PROFILE is required.

Be sure to review our deadlines page. We will accept late applications however, students whose applications are completed after the deadline may not receive financial aid eligibility information at the time admission decisions are released.