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This archived information is dated to the 2011-12 academic year only and may no longer be current.

For currently applicable policies and information, see the current Stanford Bulletin.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Application and Award Notification Process


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Prospective freshmen

Restrictive Early Action, November 15

Prospective freshmen

Regular Decision, February 15

Prospective transfers

March 15

Returning students

April 15


U.S. citizens and U.S. registered permanent residents who wish to be considered for all available funding administered by Stanford should submit the following documents:

  1. Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA): file online at Stanford's school code is 001305. Freshman applicants who are California residents must file the FAFSA and submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2, for Cal Grant consideration.
  2. CSS PROFILE application: file online at Stanford's school code is 4704.
  3. Copies of parents' prior year W-2 forms. Continuing students should submit copies directly to the FAO. New applicants should submit signed copies of their parents' prior year federal tax returns and W-2 forms to the CSS IDOC service.

U.S. citizens and U.S. registered permanent residents who wish to apply only for federal aid consideration do not need to file the CSS PROFILE; they should file the FAFSA and submit tax documents directly to the FAO.

New International students should submit the CSS PROFILE application online at The Certification of Finances form available from our web site should be submitted directly to the FAO. Canadians should also submit tax documents as listed above. Continuing international students will be asked to submit the International Student Financial Aid Application and Certification of Finances directly to the FAO.

Students whose application materials are filed after the priority filing deadlines or who have not secured all external need-based funds such as Pell and Cal Grants can expect higher amounts of student responsibility in their financial aid packages.

Applicants and their parents are required to submit accurate and complete information on all application documents. The University participates in the U.S. Department of Education's Quality Assurance Program to evaluate the accuracy of aid application data. As part of this program, the FAO may request additional documentation to verify reported data. Students who fail to submit the requested documentation will have their financial aid funds withheld or canceled and their future registration placed on hold. Financial aid awards may change as a result of the verification process.


In December, the FAO notifies Restrictive Early Action applicants who apply by the November filing date of their estimated financial aid award. The FAO notifies freshman applicants who apply by the February 15 filing date in early April. Transfer applicants who apply by the March 15 filing date are normally notified of their financial aid award within five days of their notice of admission.

The FAO sends notification of award eligibility to continuing and returning applicants early June through August 1. Applicants who file after the priority filing date may not have a financial aid award or funds secured for disbursement by the Autumn Quarter payment due date.

Financing Options—The federal PLUS loan program is available to help parents who are U.S. citizens or U.S. registered permanent residents cover all or part of the expected family contribution through a fixed-interest, long-term loan. PLUS loans are available to all parents who meet credit requirements regardless of their computed financial need. See the Financial Aid Office web site at for details on the PLUS program. Parents should also contact their employers for information about what may be available to them as employees' benefits to help meet college costs.

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