Financial Aid Information for Current Students

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.

1. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st. (Please submit earlier, as the FAFSA becomes available in October. Winter break is a good time, if you are home and can sit down with a parent to submit.)

Submit a FAFSA

2. Additional information such as citizenship documents or IRS Tax Transcripts may be required. Due to software update needs, we may not begin importing and communicating document needs until the first part of 2021. If additional information is needed, the office will notify the student via email. Required documents may also be found on the Net Partner.

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

Financial Aid Timeline for Current Undergraduates


Event or Task Required

October 1

The FAFSA for the next academic year becomes available. As an example, the 2023-2024 FAFSA became available October 1, 2022. (We highly recommend students submit their FAFSA over winter break while they are home and can work with their parent(s) as needed.)

March 1

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


Students respond to e-mails or check Net Partner to submit any additional needed documents. Students should have all items submitted by the end of May to avoid any delays in processing their financial aid.


Provided all documents have been submitted by end of May, students begin receiving Financial Aid award notifications to their Goucher student e-mail.

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