Students should file a Profile and a FAFSA according to the schedule below. If you are late applying for financial aid, you could be put on a waiting list for scholarship.

CSS Profile (for Whitman Need-Based Scholarship):

  • Early Decision I candidates and Spring semester Transfers submitted to CSS by November 15
  • Early Decision II candidates submitted to CSS by January 5
  • Regular admission candidates submitted to CSS by February 1
  • Fall semester Transfer candidates submitted to CSS by March 1
  • Returning students submitted to CSS by April 15
  • Returning students must complete their financial aid file by May 1, including tax returns. See below.
  • The Profile must be submitted online at

Whitman’s CSS code is 4951.

FAFSA (for Federal and State Aid):

  • All students should file the FAFSA as soon as their parents (in the case of dependent students) or the student (in the case of an independent student) file the previous year’s tax return — but no later than May 1.
  • The FAFSA should be submitted online at If both the student and at least one parent have a federal PIN, they may use the PINs to sign the form online. Otherwise, the signature and certification page need to be printed out, signed, and submitted to the federal processor.
  • We highly recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA. It will automatically populate the income questions with IRS data from your last tax return.

Whitman’s federal code is 003803.

Income Tax Returns:

Income tax returns are not required of all need-based aid applicants, but if your parents are self-employed or own a business, we may request a complete copy of their most recent federal tax returns including all schedules, W-2s, and business returns. All requested tax documentation must be received by May 1.

Late applications will be considered and additional offers made to late applicants only to the extent that aid funds are available.