Returning Students


2017 - 2018

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the financial aid application deadline for returning students is March 1, 2017.  If you submitted your 2015 tax documents for the 2016-2017 academic year, you do not need to submit them again for 2017-2018. 

Notification of financial aid awards for returning students who have submitted all required documents will be emailed before the first week of July, 2017.

Federal Aid Only: Students who are not interested in applying for need-based Barnard College Grant aid, but would like to take advantage of U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid, including Federal Direct Stafford loans and the Federal Pell Grant, are not required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or the Noncustodial Profile.

2017-2018 Application Forms for Returning Students


Submit form to:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is available on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year and uses 2015 tax information. Refer to the data to provide on the 2017-2018 FAFSA as a result of the new Early FAFSA Prior-Prior Year regulation.  Barnard's FAFSA Code Number is 002708.  

March 1, 2017

Complete online application

College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile Form, is available on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year and uses 2015 tax information.  Register for a Profile Application online at if you wish to apply for institutional financial aid, including a Barnard College Grant.  Indicate Barnard College (CSS Code Number is 2038) as the school to receive the PROFILE information.

March 1, 2017

Complete online application

When applicable, returning students must submit the following:

2017-2018 CSS (online) Noncustodial Profile.  (Refer to Barnard's policy.) March 1, 2017 Complete online application

New York State Express TAP application for NYS Residents only (   School code is 0155.

Immediately after submitting FAFSA

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

If you did not apply for need-based Barnard College Grant aid or any Federal loans in 2016-2017, and you are planning to apply in 2017-2018, all 2015 tax documents should be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office by fax to 212-280-8794 or by mail to Financial Aid Office, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.  Tax documents are not accepted by email.  Tax documents for 2016 are not accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year.  In addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile (if applying for need-based Barnard College Grant aid), submit the following 2015 tax documents:

  • 2015 Federal tax returns (all pages and schedules) and 2015 W-2 forms
  • 2015 corporate/partnership tax returns (all pages)
  • documentation of all untaxed income received in 2015 (such as Workers Compensation, disability, etc.)
  • documentation of 2015 Social Security Benefits for all family members (Social Security Administration Form 1099-SSA)
  • non-custodial parent's 2015 Federal tax returns and 2015 W-2 forms and 2017-2018 CSS (online) Noncustodial Profile

FAFSA - Federal Verification

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called Federal Verification. When a FAFSA is selected, there are additional financial aid requirements necessary to confirm your financial aid eligibility. A message included in your FAFSA confirmation report (the Student Aid Report or SAR) will inform you of your selection for this process.

As of April 24, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education issued changes to certain aspects of the FAFSA verification requirements as a result of the suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in early March 2017.  They are providing flexibilities that apply to both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA processing and verification cycles. 

  • In lieu of using the IRS DRT, or obtaining an IRS tax transcript, a signed paper copy of the 2015 IRS federal tax return that was used by the tax filer (custodial parent and student, if filed) for submission to the IRS is acceptable documentation to verify the FAFSA/ISIR tax return information.  If the tax filer (custodial parent and student) used the IRS DRT when completing the FAFSA or already requested a 2015 IRS tax transcript, these documents are accepted instead of submitting a signed copy of the 2015 federal tax return.   

  • If the student did not file a federal tax return in 2015, the student is no longer required to request a “Verification of Nonfiling letter” from the IRS, however the student must complete Barnard’s 2015 Student Tax Non-Filer Certification Form, a signed statement certifying that you have not filed and are not required to file a 2015 income tax return, and a listing of the sources of any 2015 income earned from work and the amount of income from each source. A copy of the IRS Form W-2, or an equivalent document, for each source of 2015 employment income received by the student must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.  If a parent did not file a federal tax return in 2015, a Parent Tax Non-Filer Certification Form will be forwarded to the parent for completion.

To satisfy the Federal Verification process, a Federal Verification Worksheet will be forwarded to the student for completion.

Although no longer required, instructions to request a tax transcript are outlined below.  There are several ways to request your Tax Return Transcript via online or through the mail.  Please make sure you request a Tax Return Transcript.

To download your Tax Return Transcript online:

  • Go to and click on "Get Transcript Online" where you can view, print or download your transcript.  You will need to register to use this service and will need: 1) your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from your latest tax return, 2) access to your email account, 3) a credit card number or account number from an auto loan, mortgage, home equity loan or home equity line of credit, and 4) a mobile phone with your name on the account.

To order a Tax Return Transcript online and have it mailed to your home address, follow the options listed below:

  • Go to

  • Click on "Get Transcript by Mail"

  • Enter your SSN, Date of Birth, Street Address, and Zip Code

  • Click Continue

  • Select Return Transcript for Tax Year (i.e. 2015)

  • Click Continue

A Tax Return Transcript can be ordered by phone. Follow the options listed below:

  • Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

  • Tax filers must follow prompts to enter their Social Security Number and the numbers in their street address. Generally, these will be the numbers of the street address that was listed on the latest tax return filed. However, if an address change has been completed through the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.

  • Select “Option 2” to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript, and then enter “2015”

  • If successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive a paper IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address that was used in their telephone request within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives the request.

  • IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.

A Tax Return Transcript can be ordered by mail. Follow the options listed below:

  • Complete Form 4506-TEZ (Request for Transcript of Tax Return) or Form 4506-T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return).

  • Form 4506-T is available online at or Form 4506-TEZ at

  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form to the appropriate address (or fax number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.

  • Your transcript(s) will be mailed within 5 to 10 days from the IRS.

Amended Tax Returns:

Students/parents filing an amended US federal income tax return should submit:

Availability of IRS Transcripts for Amended Returns:

  • Must be filed as a paper return

  • Generally available 12 weeks after the IRS receives the amended return

ID Theft Cases

  • Must be filed as a paper return

  • Generally available 8-11 weeks after the IRS receives the duplicate return

If you have any questions in completing the FAFSA, please contact the Federal Student Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 or email customer support at