Bucknell students must reapply for aid each year during their time at Bucknell. Deadline to reapply is Feb. 15.
You'll apply for need-based aid each year at Bucknell. During the fall semester, we'll send you and your family helpful information on how to apply for aid for the following academic year.
Whether your financial aid eligibility has changed or you expect to receive the same aid package as last year, don't hesitate to reach out to the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you might have.
You can monitor any missing documents on the Home tab of Financial Aid Self Service in myBucknell.
Because of the large volume of mail we receive during the processing season, it may take several days before we have entered your documents into Financial Aid Self Service. When monitoring Financial Aid Self Service, please be sure to allow several days for both mail time and data entry. Students who have completed their financial aid files on time will receive emails in mid-June instructing them how to view their financial aid packages on Financial Aid Self Service.
Late applicants whose files are not complete by May 1 will receive a reduction to their Bucknell Need-Based Grant.
Steps to apply for financial aid
The FAFSA is a required federal form for federal financial aid programs. The application will be available Oct. 1.
If you do not receive an email from the Department of Education within 72 hours confirming that you have correctly submitted the FAFSA, resubmit the form. If there are problems with your FAFSA submission, the Department of Education will contact you by email or letter.
The FAFSA will collect income information from 2020.
Manual tax information entry vs. IRS Data Retrieval: When you complete the FAFSA, we highly recommend that you use IRS Data Retrieval, which will populate certain FAFSA items with the numbers that you reported to the IRS on your federal tax return. This process pulls information directly from the IRS, so manual entry errors are eliminated.
IRS Data Retrieval
Use IRS Data Retrieval to populate certain FAFSA items with numbers you reported to the IRS on your federal tax return.
Populated data will not be visible to you due to security measures put in place by the federal government to protect against identity theft and fraud. Instead, the form will display "Transferred from the IRS."
Note: Even if you use the IRS Data Retrieval process, the Office of Financial Aid still requires you to complete other documents which are listed on the Home tab of Financial Aid Self Service located on myBucknell under Web Tools for Students.
We recommend requesting a tax transcript for the previous year for verification purposes, which can take six to eight weeks to be delivered.
Note: FAFSA data errors may delay aid disbursement.
If this is your first time applying for Bucknell need-based aid, the CSS Profile must also be completed. You can find it at student.collegeboard.org/profile. The CSS code for Bucknell is 2050.
Submit the 2020 parent federal tax return. Please make sure the tax return is signed and dated and include schedules 1, 2, 3, C, SE, and K1, if applicable.
Print clearly the student's name and Bucknell University ID number on all documents.
Attach all W-2 and 1099 forms from 2020.
Tax Extensions: The previous year's tax return should have been filed; however, if your parents still have a filing extension, return the Bucknell University Information Data Form on time with a copy of the extension form. You will still be required to submit the tax return to us after it is filed, as your financial aid will not be determined or processed until we receive a copy of the actual filed tax return.
Non-filers of Federal Tax Returns from previous years: Parents who are not required to file a federal tax return should indicate their non-filing status by checking the appropriate box on the Bucknell University Financial Aid Data Form. Be sure to complete the untaxed income section on the application. If your parent(s) worked, they will need to submit copies of all W-2 forms.
Deadline: July 31
Financial Aid at Bucknell University is made possible through donations to the University from a diverse group of alumni, parents, and friends, as well as foundations and other organizations. Much of this aid comes from named endowed or annual funds which help Bucknell offer generous financial aid packages. In many cases, a donor's only restriction when they made their gift to Bucknell was that it provide financial aid to eligible students. However, some donors ask that their named endowed or annual funds support students who also have specific academic, extracurricular or career interests.
The Stewardship & Donor Relations Office, working closely with the Office of Financial Aid, reviews the information provided on the Student Disclosure Survey (linked below) to determine students who qualify for one of Bucknell's named endowed or annual funds. Information is critical for staff to understand student interests, activities and goals. Students who participate in this program often form life-long connections and gain valuable networking opportunities with their named fund supporters.
A student selected for a named endowed or annual fund best fits the intent of the fund. We hope you agree that it is an honor to be chosen because student recipients represent Bucknell extremely well to the University's strongest supporters. Stewardship & Donor Relations staff hope to connect students with their supporters, either through written communication, or in-person and virtual events.
Please know that receiving a named endowed or annual fund does not increase the total amount of Bucknell aid that a student receives. Instead, the named fund replaces some or all of the Bucknell aid.
You will need to create an account if you don't have one already.
Please do not complete the Federal Direct PLUS Loan information until May/June.
Federal regulations require that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before your parents may borrow a PLUS loan. Please refer to the loans section under the Types of Aid page.