Apply for Financial Aid
The application process is different for new and returning students. Please select the student status that applies:
- I am a new student (includes new Canadian, new international and new transfer students)
- I am a returning student (includes returning Canadian and returning international students)
Important Change to the Financial Aid Application Process
On September 13, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order that changes the tax information families are to provide on the FAFSA, beginning with the 2017-2018 form. Instead of using the prior year’s tax information, families will now use what is termed, “prior prior” year tax information. This means that when you complete the 2017-18 FAFSA, instead of using 2016 income information (prior year), you will use 2015 tax information (prior prior year). In addition, you will also be able to file the FAFSA as early as October 1.
In addition to being able to file your FAFSA earlier, most families will also be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to complete the FAFSA as the vast majority of families will have filed their 2015 tax return before October 2016. Use of the IRS DRT will eliminate the need for most parents and students to provide federal tax return transcripts to our office. It will also report final and accurate information and will save you time and effort when completing the FAFSA. The option to use the IRS DRT is available through the FAFSA website.
Union College also requires submission of the CSS Profile for students seeking need-based institutional grants. The 2017-18 CSS Profile is also available to file as early as October 1, 2016 and will request 2015 income information consistent with the FAFSA. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with our full listing of application requirements and deadlines for incoming students and returning students, as applicable.