Tips for Completing the Application Process

  • Students must reapply for financial aid each school year.
  • To view the current status of your financial aid application documents, visit The Hub and look under Students > Financial Information.
  • Complete the parent and student federal income tax forms before filing the FAFSA and PROFILE applications.
  • Submit the federal tax forms electronically to the IRS if at all possible.
  • Estimated tax data will delay the processing of your financial aid award.
  • The College Board will contact you about submitting tax data to them on behalf of Carleton. Do not send tax data to them until you are contacted.
  • Keep a copy of federal income tax forms, W-2’s, and schedules, to submit to The College Board. If you are not required to file taxes, complete Carleton's Non-Filer Statement and include in your packet to College Board.
  • Use the same information on both the FAFSA and PROFILE applications. Complete the FAFSA and PROFILE applications at the same time, using actual information from your 2014 federal income tax forms. Carefully read instructions that reference specific lines on your income tax form.
  • If your federal tax returns have already been submitted to the IRS when you are completing the FAFSA, please agree to the IRS data retrieval when prompted to automatically fill in tax information. This will help to avoid additional information requests to complete the federal financial aid applications process.
  • For priority processing, your FAFSA and PROFILE applications should be completed after January 1, 2015, but no later than Monday, March 30, 2015. This allows enough time for SFS to complete and send an award package to the student prior to the end of the school year.
  • File the FAFSA and the PROFILE applications via the World Wide Web if you can. Your information will be returned to us quickly and efficiently.
  • Not sure whether a parent - or which one - should help you complete the FAFSA?  Take the quiz here.
  • Use a valid credit card for the processing fee when filing the PROFILE.
  • Carleton’s school code for the FAFSA is 002340, and for the PROFILE is 6081.
  • Carefully review information on the Student Aid Report (SAR shows FAFSA data) for accuracy. If corrections are needed, follow instructions carefully.
  • Retain the Acknowledgement Letter you will receive from the College Board telling you your PROFILE application has been processed, and retain the Student Aid Report with your FAFSA data, check it for accuracy.
  • Keep copies of all relevant documents in a convenient and secure place.
  • Carefully read all correspondence regarding your application for financial aid.
  • Respond to any requests for further information from Carleton promptly.

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