In order to apply for financial aid, please complete and submit the following:
1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Available October 1, 2016
- Apply using FAFSA website: https://www.fafsa.gov
- 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 a parent and student. This process may take up to 20 minutes, and may take a few days to process. For these reasons, consider applying for your FSA ID now, to save a step later! View this video for assistance.
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 under your "Documents" tab in Goucher's Financial Aid Student Tracking System (FASTS).
Priority Submission Dates
(Fall 2017 Applicants)
|November 15||November 15|
|December 1||December 1|
|Regular Decision or Goucher Video Application (GVA)
|February 1||February 1|
|Transfer||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?
Award notifications will be sent to students who have completed their financial aid application process 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, Maryland state, and need-based institutional aid. If you are not a Maryland resident, then please check with your individual state regarding their awarding process.
Do I have to complete FAFSA in order to be considered for a merit scholarship?
The 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 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
Can international students apply for financial aid?
Yes, international students will be considered for institutional aid by completing the Certification of Finances. International students are not eligible for federal aid.
Can undocumented (non U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens) students apply for financial aid?
Yes, undocumented students will be considered for institutional aid by completing the FAFSA. 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, 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 2015-2016?
The average 2015-2016 freshman financial aid award, including scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study, was $31,561.
If you have any questions not addressed here, then please let us know.
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.