In order to maintain your financial aid, please follow the steps below. Please note that if a student only wishes to be considered for their merit scholarship, then they do not need to submit a FAFSA.

Please note that the CSS Profile is still required for Goucher need-based aid for the 2016-2017 school year, and we begin using only the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 year.

1. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st, 2016.

2. Additional information such as citizenship documents or IRS Tax Transcripts may be required. If additional information is needed, the office will notify the student via email.  Required documents may also be found on the Financial Aid Student Tracking System (FASTS). PLEASE NOTE that with the transition to prior-prior year and the availability of the FAFSA in October 2016, that you may not get notifications or be able to review any needed documents in FASTS until April 2017.

3. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and maintain the appropriate grade point average required for your financial aid awards.

2017-2018 Financial Aid Timeline for Current Undergraduates


Event or Task Required

October 1, 2016

2017-2018 FAFSA becomes available. (NEW!)

March 1, 2017

*Priority deadline for FAFSA. (Also meets the deadline for Maryland residents.)

April-May, 2017

Students respond to e-mails or check FASTS to submit any additional needed documents.

mid-June, 2017

Provided all documents are submitted, students begin receiving Financial Aid awards for 2017-2018.

*Students must file by the priority deadline to be considered for certain programs with more limited funding, such as Federal Work Study.