Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the official application for need-based financial aid at Marist College.  To ensure adequate processing time, we recommend that you file your FAFSA by February 15th online at   


Early Decision Applicants

Early Decision is a binding admission program which requires a deposit by February 15.  Applicants seeking federal financial aid are required to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be found at and is available January 1, 2015.  The preferred deadline for completion of the FAFSA is February 15, 2015, and the school code is 002765.  If you are applying Early Decision to Marist College, the CSS PROFILE should also be submitted to receive an estimated financial aid package with institutional grant consideration. The CSS PROFILE can be found at, and the PROFILE code is 2400.

Timeline for Early Decision Applicants:

October      Complete CSS PROFILE


December 15, 2014 - CSS PROFILE priority deadline for Early Decision Applicants                                                

Apply for a FSA ID                                                                                                              

January                                    January 1, 2015 - Complete the FAFSA

Mid-January 2015 - Financial Aid Notification for Early Decision Accepted Students will be available

Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants

Early Action (application deadline November 15) and Regular Decision (February 1) applicants seeking federal financial aid need to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be found at and is available January 1, 2015.  The preferred deadline for completion of the FAFSA is February 15, 2015, and the school code is 002765. The CSS Profile is not required for EA or RD applicants.

Timeline for EA and RD Applicants:

December       Apply for a FSA ID
January/February                     Complete the FAFSA                                                                                                                 
February 15 Preferred Deadline to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA
Early April Freshman Financial Aid Packages for prospective students are mailed.
May 1 Marist deadline for freshman enrollment deposit. 

Once deposit is made  

Deposited students who have received a financial aid package will need to log on to their myMarist accounts to view and complete additional required documents.

Please do not send any tax returns to our office.  Per new federal regulations, if you are selected for Verification, we must receive tax information directly from the IRS and can no longer accept copies of tax returns.

The Department of Education has enhanced the FAFSA filing process to allow tax data to be retrieved directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow the filed federal tax return data to be uploaded directly to the FAFSA. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to use this tool as it is the fastest, most secure way to provide verified tax information.  To obtain a Federal Tax Return Transcript that you can download and print immediately, or to request the transcript be mailed to your address on record, go to:

IRS Data Retrieval Process