The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required each year for all federal financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study. Bucknell also requires the CSS PROFILE if you wish to be considered for Bucknell need-based financial aid, but you only need to file it once. If you do not file the CSS PROFILE on time, we cannot guarantee that any Bucknell need-based aid can be awarded to you. 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 all types of aid. Please see below for our application requirements.

1. 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Complete the FAFSA application on-line at
  • Complete as soon as possible.
  • 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.
  • If you wish to apply for Bucknell need-based aid, you must file the CSS PROFILE — see item #2 below.
  • 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.

2. 2015-16 CSS PROFILE

  • Complete the CSS PROFILE on-line at (PROFILE 2015-16).
  • 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.
  • You MUST complete the FAFSA in order to receive federal financial aid such as Federal Pell Grant, Work-Study and Direct Loans.

3. Bucknell University Non-Custodial Parent's Form

4. Tax Returns and Verification documents:

  • Submit to Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.
  • Clearly write the student’s name and Bucknell ID number on all pages.
    • Signed copy of first 2 pages and schedules A, B, C, D and K (if filed) of parents' FEDERAL 2014 income tax return.  (Do NOT send state or local returns.)  If no return was required to be filed, please indicate such on the 2015-16 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 2014. 
    • Copies of all parents' 2014 W-2 forms
    • Completed and signed 2015-16 Bucknell University Verification Form.
    • 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.

5. If you plan to borrow your Federal Direct Loan, please complete the requirements below on-line at

  • Entrance Counseling
  • Master Promissory Note (MPN)

    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.

Additional information:

If your financial aid package includes a Federal Perkins Loan, and you wish to borrow:

In late May, Educational Computer Systems Inc. (ECSI) will email information to your Bucknell email address about completing your Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note. You may go to to complete this requirement. Please note that it will not display as satisfied on myBucknell until the end of June.

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.


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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