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Applying for Aid

You must apply for financial aid each academic year you are enrolled.

Suggested Filing Dates for 2014-15

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Round One 18 Jan 2014
Round Two 4 Apr 2014
Round Three 15 May 2014

You can apply for financial aid anytime during the academic year. All required documentation must be on file by each Round’s set deadline in order to be considered eligible for fellowship. After that date, we cannot guarantee that fellowship funds will still be available.

We process completed applications in the order they are received, so we recommend you complete the application process as soon as possible in order to assure that your funds are available at the beginning of the term.

Application Process

The financial aid application process can take up to four weeks for our office to receive and review all application materials. Prospective students should wait until being admitted to Stanford GSB to begin the application process and submitting documents to the Financial Aid office.

Student Materials to Submit
  • CSS profile
  • Prior year’s tax return, including all forms, schedules, W-2’s, and signature
  • CSS profile
  • Most recent tax statement from any and all countries with which you worked

1. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All U.S. citizens or permanent resident aid applicants must complete the 2014-15 FASFA for the 2014-15 academic year (view our FAFSA help sheet). There is no processing fee and the FAFSA is required for all federal student aid eligibility. Although it is not necessary, we recommend completing prior year’s tax return before completing the FAFSA.

2. Submit Your CSS Profile Application

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to be considered for a Stanford GSB fellowship, and all international students who wish to apply for any form of financial aid including loans, must complete the 2014-15 CSS Profile Application online (view our CSS Profile help sheet). There is a $25 processing fee. You are expected to provide information for yourself and, if applicable, your spouse (or prospective spouse, if you are marrying on or before January 15, 2015). Parental information is not required. We recommend completing your prior year’s tax return before completing your CSS Profile.

3. Submit Copies of Your Country’s Tax Return

If you are a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, provide signed copies of your completed 2013 U.S. federal tax return to the Financial Aid office. Include copies of all schedules and copies of your W-2 forms. If applicable, submit copies of your spouse’s information (or prospective spouse as well, if you are marrying on or before January 15, 2015).

If you are an international student, provide copies of your 2013 or most recent tax statement from any and all countries in which you worked to the Financial Aid office. If the tax statement is not in English, please provide a personal translation of the pertinent income and tax sections and convert all amounts into U.S. dollars. Also, include an index of the current exchange rate(s) used in the conversion. If you file a U.S. 1040 NR form, provide a signed copy of this as well.

If you have not filed your 2013 U.S. tax return or statement and you plan to do so, you can send our office a completed “Statement of Intent to File” form with your prior year’s tax return, 2013 W-2(s), and a copy of your 2013 extension. Once completed, you must forward your 2013 tax return or statement to our office.

If you did not and will not file a tax statement in any country, you can complete the “Statement of Non-Filing Tax Status” and submit it to our office. If you earned income for the 2013 year, convert the amount into U.S. dollars in order to complete the questions on the CSS Profile.

4. Complete Additional Financial Aid Documents

You may be notified by our office to submit additional forms in order to complete the financial aid application process. Complete and return them to our office as indicated.

Federal Law specifically states that we cannot include consumer debts (i.e., credit cards, consumer loans, car loans) in the student budget. Therefore, we are unable to increase your cost of attendance to demonstrate additional financial aid eligibility to assist you in making payments for such debt. Moreover, we will not be able to decrease the value of your assets by the amount of consumer debt. We strongly suggest that you do your best to repay consumer debt before attending Stanford.

Though most U.S. government educational loans have deferment options for students enrolled at Stanford GSB, some educational loans may not. Therefore, we will not consider this a debt against your assets. We encourage you to try to repay prior educational loans, which cannot be deferred while attending Stanford GSB, before entering the program.

Last Updated 16 Dec 2014