Prospective Students

A Quick Guide for Prospective Financial Aid Applicants

Applying for financial aid may not be as daunting as you think. So why not give it a try.
(See special instructions for international applicants.

First, here are three things you'll want to know before you begin.

1. Deadlines and decision notification dates 

Your financial aid deadlines depend upon which admission decision plan you choose. All requirements for the specific decision plan are outlined on the corresponding printable checklists. For Early Decision and QuestBridge Match, what is needed to meet the deadline is your admissions application. Completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile, submitting documents and completing requests in a timely manner will ensure you receive aid eligibility if you are admitted.

First Year Applicants
Financial Aid
Admission Decision and
Financial Aid Notification Date
Early Decision Round I November 1 November 1 mid December
QuestBridge Match November 1 November 1 mid December
Early Decision Round II January 1 January 1 late February
Regular Decision January 8 January 15 late March

Transfer and Davis Degree Applicants
Admission Decision and
Financial Aid Notification Date
Transfer Fall Entry March 1 April 1 mid May
Davis Degree March 1 April 1 mid May


2. Financial Aid Application Materials

Information on the specific requirements you need to submit as part of your financial aid application.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
The Federal school code is 002224. For U.S. citizens and US permanent residents only. File online at: If you wish to only be considered for federal financial aid, the FAFSA is the only application that is required. Based on the results of your FAFSA, we may also need to request additional federal verification materials.

CSS PROFILE (College Scholarship Service PROFILE): 
The Wellesley code is 3957. File online at: The CSS PROFILE is used to determine institutional aid eligibility only.

Income Documentation:
All students will need to submit signed copies of their families' tax returns and income documentation through IDOC. You will receive an email giving you access to the uploading feature after you have completed your CSS Profile. If you have any difficulty submitting documents, please feel free to contact our office.

3. Detailed Instructions

Additional guidance on how to complete your application is available using these step-by-step instructions.