In order to apply for financial aid, please complete and submit the following:

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • For federal and state aid consideration
  • Available January 1
  • Apply using FAFSA website:  View this video for assistance.
  • Goucher's FAFSA school code 002073
  • We encourage filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing their FAFSA
  • An FSA ID is required for both the parent and student.  Be prepared by requesting it now. This process may take up to 20 minutes.  View this video for assistance.

2. College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile)

  • For institutional aid consideration
  • Available October 1
  • Click to apply at website: College Board CSS Profile 
  • If you need assistance this tutorial is available: College Board CSS Profile Tutorial
  • Goucher's CSS Profile school code 5257.
  • If the biological/adoptive parents are divorced, separated, or were never married and are living separately, the CSS Noncustodial Profile (NCP) may be required. The NCP is available on-line after the student has completed the CSS Profile. There is also a NCP waiver on the financial aid forms section of the Goucher website if extenuating circumstances exist.

3. 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).

Priority Submission Dates

(Fall 2016 Applicants)

Application Options

Application +
Supporting Materials

CSS Profile


Early Decision
November 15 December  1 February 1
Early Action or Goucher Video Application (GVA)
December 1 February 1 February 1
Regular Decision
February 1 February 15 February 15
Transfer May 1 May 1 May 1


Frequently Asked Questions

How is need-based financial aid awarded at Goucher College?

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need. A student's demonstrated need is determined by subtracting the family resources available for education (as defined by the Expected Family Contribution) from the cost of attendance for each year.

When will I receive my financial aid award notification?

Students who have completed their financial aid application process will be sent award notifications after they receive their offer of admission. 

What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The FAFSA is an online application that collects information to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. Please check with your individual state regarding their awarding process.

What is the CSS Profile?

The Profile is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to determine eligibility for institutional aid. The fee for the initial application, and one college or program report, is $25. Additional reports are $16.

Do I have to complete the CSS Profile to be considered for federal aid?

The CSS Profile is not required if a student only wishes to be considered for federal aid.

Do I have to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA in order to be considered for a merit scholarship?

The CSS Profile and FAFSA are not required if a student only wishes to be considered for a merit scholarship. All students admitted to Goucher, who submitted a high school transcript, are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. The admissions committee determines merit scholarship recipients.  Federal guidelines state that merit scholarships are considered as a source of financial aid and are therefore listed on the financial aid notification.

Can transfer students apply for financial aid?

Yes, transfer students can complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.

Can international students apply for financial aid?

International students will be considered for institutional aid by completing the CSS Profile and the Certification of Finances. International students are not eligible for federal aid.

What if I have extenuating circumstances?

If your family has special financial circumstances that were not taken into account on your FAFSA and CSS Profile, you may qualify to have your financial need recalculated. For information on which types of circumstances qualify for recalculation, view the Professional Judgment Request Form on the financial aid forms section of the Goucher website.

What was the average freshman financial aid award for 2014-2015?

The average 2014-2015 freshman financial aid award, including scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study, was $31,561.

Recognizing that no two families and their circumstances are alike, we will work with you and your family to identify and choose financing options that are appropriate for your specific needs.

Click here for the NASFAA Summary of Federal Aid that may be awarded.