Financial Aid Information for Prospective Students
Please note that Goucher College no longer requires a CSS Profile.
In order to apply for financial aid, please complete and submit the following:
- Fall 2021 applicants should submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA.
- Apply using FAFSA website: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
- Goucher's FAFSA school code 002073
- We encourage filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) 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. After submitting your FAFSA online, please allow about 1 week and check your Admissions and Financial Aid Status Portal: https://apply.goucher.edu/account. If you have any questions about the items on your financial aid checklist, please let us know.
3. Once you have declared your intent to enroll and have been issued a Goucher ID number, you will transition to using the Net Partner system for any financial aid tasks or information.
Priority Submission Dates
Fall 2021 Applicants
|Early Action or Goucher Video Application/GVA
|December 1||December 1|
|Regular Decision||January 15||January 15|
|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?
Provided that Goucher has received a valid FAFSA, award notifications will be sent to students approximately 2 weeks after they receive their official acceptance letter from Admissions.
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 is 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 International Student Financial Aid Application/ISFAA. The ISFAA must show at least $30,000 in expected support for educational expenses. International students are not eligible for federal or state aid.
Can undocumented (non U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens) students apply for financial aid?
Undocumented students will be considered for merit scholarships only by completing the admissions process. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal or state aid. Undocumented students can research and apply for private outside scholarships.
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 2018-2019?
The college seeks to enroll a talented and diverse student body and to make a Goucher education possible for as many qualified students as possible. To this end, Goucher offers a comprehensive program of need-based and merit-based financial assistance. The average 2018-2019 freshman scholarships and grants (that’s money that doesn’t need to be repaid) is $34,111. The average 2018-2019 freshman financial aid award, including scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study, is $40,301.
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.