How New Students Apply for Financial Aid

The most important steps you can take in applying for financial aid are to complete your College Scholarship Service Profile (“CSS Profile”) and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”). It’s important to make your best case for scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work awards by completing these financial aid applications as early as possible.

1. Complete the CSS Profile

Most forms of Stonehill gift aid, including but not limited to need-based aid, require filing the CSS Profile in the initial year. Stonehill strongly recommends filing the CSS Profile for all types of aid including merit and athletic.

Information You Will Need

  • Stonehill’s CSS Code: 3770
  • Type of tax return you and your parent(s) will file for the most current tax year (e.g., 1040, 1040 EZ);
  • Parent and student income, taxes paid, and asset information;
  • Whether your parent receives TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and how much;
  • Whether your parents are self-employed or own business(es) and/or farm(s) and if they do, the value and debt;
  • Your parents’ housing status (e.g., own, rent), and home value and debt if owned
  • Your personal information

The Process

  1. Go to
  2. Register – Your CSS Profile application is tailored to your family situation, based on your registration answers and the colleges or programs you select. After registering, you can securely save your application and return to complete it at any time, 24/7, using your Collegeboard username and password.
  3. Complete the Application – Use the customized Pre-Application Worksheet and Instructions to help you complete theCSS Profile. As you answer questions, the system will provide edits to help minimize mistakes.
  4. Submit the Application – The date and time you submit your completed application will be recorded based on Eastern Time. You pay for the Profile form online and will receive an online CSS Profile Acknowledgment as a record of your payment and application information. The Acknowledgment may include your next steps to complete your financial aid application process, so be sure to print a copy for your records.
  5. Additional Information – If your natural parents are divorced, your non-custodial parent will be required to complete the Non-custodial Parent Profile. The CSS Profile will provide you with a link to send them.


The fee for the initial CSS Profile application and one college or program report is $25. Additional reports are $16 per school. Payment may be made via credit card, debit card (Visa or MC) or online check.

2. Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is required for those who wish to apply for federal student aid, including federal grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is also used to apply for state and some private scholarships.

Information You Will Need

  • Stonehill’s Federal School Code: 002217
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Your most recent Federal Income Tax Return, and if married, your spouse’s (e.g. IRS 1040, 1040 EZ)
  • Your Parent’s most recent Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your and your parent’s untaxed income records
  • Your and your parent’s current bank statements
  • Your and your parent’s current business, investment, and mortgage information. Also business and farm records, stock, bond and any other investment records
  • Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

The Process

  1. Apply for a Federal Student Aid FSA ID (if you do not have one) at
    (Note: Parents of dependent students must apply for the FSA ID if they do not have one.)
  2. Go online to
  3. Follow the step-by-step instructions through the application.
  4. Print a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).


None. The FAFSA is a free application.

Priority Filing Dates

It’s important to make your best case for scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work awards by completing these financial aid applications by the established deadlines.

First-Year Applicant Filing Dates

Early Action: November 1
Early Decision: December 1
Regular Decision: January 15
January Admission: November 1

Transfer Applicant Filing Dates

September Transfer: April 1 May 15
January Transfer: November 1