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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Please select the instructions that apply to you:

Regular Admission Candidates

Action Timeframe

Complete the CSS Profile. Start at How to Complete the Profile. SLC’s Profile code is 2810.
This is a two-step process; first you register, and then you complete and submit the Profile.

October 1 –
February 15

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Do this at www.fafsa.gov. SLC’s FAFSA code is 002813.

January 1 –
February 15

Send signed copies of current year federal tax returns for yourself and your parents to the Office of Financial Aid.

January 1 – April 15

If you or your parents are not filing a tax return, send a Non-filer Statement instead of each return. Get this form»

January 1 – April 15

If your parents are separated or divorced: The parent with whom you live or spend the most time files the PROFILE and the FAFSA. Your second (non-custodial) parent is required to complete the CSS Non-Custodial Parent Statement. This form will be made available to you by CSS upon receipt of your Profile. This form is found at ncprofile.collegeboard.com.

October 1 –
February 15

Submit the Student Loan Acknowledgement form and/or the Parent Acknowledgement form to initiate processing of your federal loan(s). Get this form»

May 1 – June 15

Complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note. Both processes are done at www.studentloans.gov.

June 1 – August 30

Other forms or documents may be requested as needed.

As requested

Forms and tax returns may be faxed to (914) 395-2676 or mailed to:

Office of Financial Aid
Sarah Lawrence College
One Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

Alternative Families

The CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid assumes that you are single, married, divorced, or widowed. In some cases, our families have not or cannot be married but the parents want to apply for financial aid. If this is your family, then please follow these guidelines when completing the CSS Profile.

  1. If your family has cohabitated and commingled their economic resources for more than two years then ignore the references to marital status or gender of either parent. Please report the income and assets of your family "as if" marriage has taken place.
  2. Please provide the tax returns of both parents regardless of the filing status of the tax returns.
  3. Send us an email indicating that you have applied for assistance as an "alternative family" so that we may prepare your file accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact us at finaid@sarahlawrence.edu.


Early Decision Candidates

All financial aid awards made on the basis of information provided through the Early Decision process are subject to revision based on information provided later.

Action Timeframe

Complete the CSS Profile. Start at How to Complete the Profile. SLC’s Profile code is 2810.
This is a two-step process; first you register, and then you complete and submit the Profile.

October 1 – December 1 (ED1)
October 1 – February 1 (ED2)

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Do this at www.fafsa.gov. SLC’s FAFSA code is 002813.

January 1 –

February 1

Send signed copies of current year federal tax returns for yourself and your parents to the Office of Financial Aid.

January 1 –
April 15

If you or your parents are not filing a tax return, send a Non-filer Statement instead of each return. Get this form»

January 1 –
April 15

 If your parents are separated or divorced: The parent with whom you live or spend the most time files the PROFILE and the FAFSA. Your second (non-custodial) parent is required to complete the CSS Non-Custodial Parent Statement. This form will be made available to you by CSS upon receipt of your Profile. This form is found at ncprofile.collegeboard.com.

October 1 – December 1 (ED1)
October 1 – February  1 (ED2)

Submit the Student Loan Acknowledgement form and/or the Parent Acknowledgement form to initiate processing of your federal loan(s). Get this form»

May 1 –
June 15

Complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note. Both processes are done at www.studentloans.gov.

June 1 –
August 30

Other forms or documents may be requested as needed.

As requested

Forms and tax returns may be faxed to (914) 395-2676 or mailed to:

Office of Financial Aid
Sarah Lawrence College
One Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

Alternative Families

The CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid assumes that you are single, married, divorced, or widowed. In some cases, our families have not or cannot be married but the parents want to apply for financial aid. If this is your family, then please follow these guidelines when completing the CSS Profile.

  1. If your family has cohabitated and commingled their economic resources for more than two years then ignore the references to marital status or gender of either parent. Please report the income and assets of your family "as if" marriage has taken place.
  2. Please provide the tax returns of both parents regardless of the filing status of the tax returns.
  3. Send us an email indicating that you have applied for assistance as an "alternative family" so that we may prepare your file accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact us at finaid@sarahlawrence.edu.


Transfer Candidates

Action Timeframe

Complete the CSS Profile. Start at How to Complete the Profile. SLC’s Profile code is 2810.
This is a two-step process; first you register, and then you complete and submit the Profile.

October 1 – March 1

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Do this at www.fafsa.gov. SLC’s FAFSA code is 002813.

January 1 – March 1

Send signed copies of current year federal tax returns for yourself and your parents to the Office of Financial Aid.

January 1 – April 15

If you or your parents are not filing a tax return, send a Non-filer Statement instead of each return. Get this form»

January 1 – April 15

If your parents are separated or divorced: The parent with whom you live or spend the most time files the PROFILE and the FAFSA. Your second (non-custodial) parent is required to complete the CSS Non-Custodial Parent Statement. This form will be made available to you by CSS upon receipt of your Profile. This form is found at ncprofile.collegeboard.com.

October 1 – March 1

Submit the Student Loan Acknowledgement form and/or the Parent Acknowledgement form to initiate processing of your federal loan(s). Get this form»

May 1 – June 15

Complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note. Both processes are done at www.studentloans.gov.

June 1 – August 30

Other forms or documents may be requested as needed.

As requested

Forms and tax returns may be faxed to (914) 395-2676 or mailed to:

Office of Financial Aid
Sarah Lawrence College
One Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

Alternative Families

The CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid assumes that you are single, married, divorced, or widowed. In some cases, our families have not or cannot be married but the parents want to apply for financial aid. If this is your family, then please follow these guidelines when completing the CSS Profile.

  1. If your family has cohabitated and commingled their economic resources for more than two years then ignore the references to marital status or gender of either parent. Please report the income and assets of your family "as if" marriage has taken place.
  2. Please provide the tax returns of both parents regardless of the filing status of the tax returns.
  3. Send us an email indicating that you have applied for assistance as an "alternative family" so that we may prepare your file accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact us at finaid@sarahlawrence.edu.


International Students

Sarah Lawrence College awards limited, need-based financial aid to international students. As a highly selective college, we take each student’s academic and personal merit into account when we make our admission decisions. After we admit a student, the College awards financial aid based upon each student’s demonstrated need. We offer financial aid to all students who have demonstrated financial need and we try to fund those students as fully as possible to enable them to study at Sarah Lawrence College.

To apply for financial aid, you will need to submit the following:

  1. After September 15, register for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) financial aid PROFILE form online. For background and assistance, see “How to Complete the Profile.” When you register online, your personalized PROFILE application will be available to complete over the Web. You may list up to 10 colleges on this form; Sarah Lawrence College’s CSS or PROFILE code is 2810.
  2. You will also need to supply either translated tax returns or translated statements of income from your parents’ employers. Some countries do not have income tax; if so you will not be able to furnish us with tax receipts but we will still need official documentation of annual income. An official letter from an employer, on company letterhead, for example, is acceptable. We need as much information and documentation as possible about your income and assets in order to assess your financial need. Send these documents to Office of Financial Aid, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708-5999 USA.

First Year applicants for regular admission must complete and submit the full PROFILE application to CSS AND send supporting financial documents to SLC, postmarked no later than January 1. For Early Decision I and II, forms must be postmarked no later than November 15 and January 1, respectively.

Transfer applicants must complete and submit the full PROFILE application to CSS AND send supporting financial documents to SLC, postmarked no later than March 1. Please note that this date is one month prior to our Spring Transfer admission deadline.

When the Office of Financial Aid has received your PROFILE and supporting financial aid documents, your application for financial aid will be considered complete. Your financial aid package will be calculated and notice of your financial aid award will accompany your admission decision letter.

Alternative Families

The CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid assumes that you are single, married, divorced, or widowed. In some cases, our families have not or cannot be married but the parents want to apply for financial aid. If this is your family, then please follow these guidelines when completing the CSS Profile.

  1. If your family has cohabitated and commingled their economic resources for more than two years then ignore the references to marital status or gender of either parent. Please report the income and assets of your family "as if" marriage has taken place.
  2. Please provide the tax returns of both parents regardless of the filing status of the tax returns.
  3. Send us an email indicating that you have applied for assistance as an "alternative family" so that we may prepare your file accordingly.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact:

Shirley Be
Director of International Admission
Tel: (914) 395-2510
Fax: (914) 395-2515
E-mail: sbe@slc.edu

Heather C. McDonnell
Associate Dean of Financial Aid and Admission
Tel: (914) 395-2570
Fax: (914) 395-2676
E-mail: hmcdonn@sarahlawrence.edu     

Net Price Calculator

Sarah Lawrence College has partnered with the College Board to offer a Net Price Calculator—a tool that will help you determine just how affordable SLC may be for your family. The calculator will present you a sample of the kind of award you may receive once you are admitted and have applied for financial aid. The average financial aid package for deserving students entering in the fall of 2011 was $36,202, so it's worth a few minutes to see what might be in store for you! Go to the calculator»


Why Two Applications?

We use the Profile application to determine your eligibility for Sarah Lawrence resources. We use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal resources.