Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

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Applying for Financial Aid 2017-18: Prospective Students

  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available October 1st, 2016. The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for federal funding. Use of the IRS Data Retrival Tool when completing your FAFSA application streamlines the process and results in fewer requests for additional documentation. Federal funding includes the Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, Direct Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan. Since most financial aid packages at Reed include some federal funding, you must also file the FAFSA to be considered for institutional funding.  (International students applying for aid are not required to file the FAFSA).
  • File the College Scholarship Service PROFILE.  The 2017-18 CSS PROFILE will be available October 1st, 2016. The CSS PROFILE is required to determine your eligibility for institutional funding.  You do not need to file the CSS PROFILE if you only want to be considered for federal financial aid.  (International students applying for financial aid must file the CSS PROFILE.)
  • Freshman and transfers must submit the Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable. If parents are divorced or separated, only the parent (and stepparent, if remarried) that the student lived with the most in the past 12 months should complete the PROFILE.  However, Reed expects both parents to assist in financing a student's education, therefore, the student's noncustodial parent must complete the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP).  The noncustodial parent must also upload copies of 2015 IRS income tax returns and W2s with the College Board IDOC service.  The Noncustodial PROFILE is required to determine your eligibility for institutional funding; you do not need to file the Noncustodial PROFILE to be considered for federal financial aid.
  • Upload copies of your and your parents' (both custodial and noncustodial) 2015 IRS income tax returns, W-2s, 1099 statements, and the verification worksheet with the College Board IDOC service.
  • International students must file the 2016-17 College Scholarship Service PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable) and upload foreign tax documents to IDOC by the same deadlines as domestic students.  Be sure to include Reed as a recipient (code 4654). US citizens living abroad should follow application instructions for domestic students.

2017-18 Financial aid deadlines for prospective students

  File the 2017-18 PROFILE &, if applicable, Noncustodial PROFILE with CSS by: File the 2017-18 FAFSA with the federal processor by:
Upload student & parent 2015 federal tax forms & W-2s & Verification Worksheet with IDOC by:
Early Decision I November 15 November 15 November 22
Early Decision II December 20 December 20 December 20
Regular Freshman January 1 January 1 January 1
Transfer March 1 March 1 March 1