As you complete your financial aid materials, we suggest that you keep copies of all documents in your own file at home. Please understand that you are responsible for the filing and submission of all documents, and adhering to our deadlines, in order to be considered for need-based aid. We will try to remind you, but in the end, the responsibility is entirely yours. If you do not file the CSS PROFILE on time, we cannot guarantee that any aid can be awarded to you.

Determination of Aid Eligibility

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1. 2016-17 CSS PROFILE

  • Complete the CSS PROFILE on-line at (PROFILE 2016-17).
  • November 15 deadline for Early Decision I.
  • January 15 deadline for Regular Decision and Early Decision II.
  • Bucknell's CSS PROFILE code is 2050.
  • We require the CSS PROFILE if you would like to apply for Bucknell need-based financial aid.
  • Please be sure to complete the CSS PROFILE by our deadlines. If you do not complete it until later, we cannot guarantee the availability of Bucknell aid.
  • Using estimated 2015 income figures is permissible and advisable so you can file on time.
  • The CSS PROFILE has its own fee waiver process built-in as you file the form. If you qualify, the CSS system will let you know. If your family has low income but you do not qualify for the automatic CSS fee waiver, please contact Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid so that we can review your information to determine if you qualify for one of the fee waivers that we have purchased for this purpose.

2. Bucknell University Non-Custodial Parent's Form

  • The non-custodial parent must complete the Bucknell University Non-Custodial Parent's Form (pdf) if biological parents are separated/divorced.
  • November 15 deadline for Early Decision I.
  • January 15 deadline for Regular Decision and Early Decision II.


If you have not been admitted to the Class of 2020, you do not need to go further at this time. If you have been admitted, and plan to enroll, then you will also need to complete the following by May 2016.

3. 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Submit by May 1, 2016 for Bucknell. (You may not file until after Jan. 1)
  • Complete the FAFSA application on-line at
  • The FAFSA information will not change your eligibility for Bucknell need-based financial aid, but it is a required federal form for federal financial aid programs.
  • Bucknell's FAFSA code is 003238.
  • We recommend that you utilize the "IRS Data Retrieval" option so that your tax information will automatically fill in the appropriate FAFSA questions. If you complete the FAFSA before you file your tax return, you may certainly revise your FAFSA later and use the "IRS Data Retrieval" process then. If you do not use the "IRS Data Retrieval" process, then federal regulations may require you to order a "tax transcript" from the IRS at a later date, which could delay timely disbursement of financial aid in the fall.
           --- PLEASE NOTE: If you are "selected for verification" by the Department of Education and need to order a tax transcript, see our IRS Tax Return Transcript Request Process for more information.
  • Please be aware that we will not download the FAFSA information into our system until late March.

4. Tax Returns and Verification Documents

  • Submit to Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid by May 10, 2016.
  • Clearly write the student's name, social security number, Bucknell ID number and Class of 2020 on all pages. (If your entire financial aid package consists ONLY of the Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, please do not send tax and verification documents until we list them as requirements for you in myBucknell, as we may not need them.)
    • Signed copy of first 2 pages and schedules A, B, C, D and K (if filed) of parents' FEDERAL 2015 income tax return. (Do NOT send state or local returns.) If no return was required to be filed, please indicate such on the 2016-17 Bucknell University Verification Form. If your parents did work but did not file a tax return, please send us copies of all W-2 forms for 2015. If your parents have filed an extension to their federal tax return, please send us a copy of their extension letter by May 10. In addition, please understand that the financial aid file will not be complete, nor can we verify or disburse aid, until you have submitted a copy of the actual tax return to our office after you have filed it with the IRS.
    • Copies of all parents' 2015 W-2 forms
    • Completed and signed 2016-17 Bucknell University Verification Form, located in your booklet you receive with your award information.

5. If you plan to borrow your Federal Direct Loan, please complete the requirements below on-line at We suggest you complete these after June 1.

  • Entrance Counseling
  • Master Promissory Note (MPN) — a legal document in which you promise to repay your loans and any accrued interest and fees.

    The Entrance Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) sessions each take about 30 minutes to complete, and results will be sent to Bucknell electronically. The Promissory Note *must* be completed in one session, so be sure to give yourself enough time before you begin.

    To access these sessions, go to, navigate to the box "Manage My Direct Loan" and sign in. Then click "Complete Entrance Counseling" or "Complete Master Promissory Note" and work through the session.
  • If you wish to decline the loan, please indicate such on the Bucknell University Verification Form.

6. After you receive your myBucknell login information:

  • Student Disclosure/Named Scholarship Form

    You will not be able to complete this form until you have received your Bucknell University PIN number in late May.

    After receiving your PIN, log in to myBucknell, click the Banner Web Quick Link on the left side of the screen, click on the "FinAid" tab, and then click on "Student Disclosure/Named Scholarship Form". When the Welcome page appears, click the "Continue" button. Note: This is not an application for additional aid; rather, we will use the information you provide to connect your existing aid to named scholarships provided by our generous donors.

    NOTE: This form will be available after May 1. Please complete and submit the form by June 30. Completion of the form after the application deadline will NOT cause your financial aid file to be late.

Additional Information:

If your financial aid package includes Federal Work Study, and you wish to work:

Please refer to Student Employment.

If your parents would like to apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan:

Please refer to Loans.

Transfer Financial Aid Applicants

Transfer students must also complete and submit the same financial aid application materials as first-year applicants. You will receive information when Bucknell receives your application for admission. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee institutional financial aid to transfer applicants, as our funds are limited.

International Financial Aid Applicants

Please visit the following link for more information: International Students: Paying for Bucknell

We wish you success in your college selection process and encourage you to contact our office at 570. 577.1331 or if you have questions. We will be happy to assist you!



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