Your First Steps 

Franklin & Marshall College welcomes talented students from all economic backgrounds. That is why financial aid at Franklin & Marshall is based solely on need. To apply for need-based financial aid at F&M, you are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service CSS/PROFILE. Once you have completed both forms, you can track the status of your aid online through My Aid.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA for short, tests the eligibility of a student seeking need-based financial aid from the federal government (grants, loans and work-study). F&M FAFSA Code: 003265

Submit your FAFSA


The CSS/PROFILE is an aid application that determines whether you qualify for need-based aid from F&M. The PROFILE was created by the College Board and must be completed and submitted online. F&M PROFILE Code: 2261

Submit your Profile


After you submit an application for admission and financial aid, you can track your financial aid status via MyAid. It shows the status of your aid documents and any additional requirements you must meet to process your aid.    

Access MyAid

Timeline and Deadlines 


Required Deadlines Early Decision
Early Decision
Regular Decision Returning Students Transfer
(U.S. Citizens)
PROFILE Nov. 15 Jan. 15 Feb. 15 April 30 April 30
2016-2017 FAFSA   (available 1/1/2016) Feb. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 15 April 30 April 30
2014 Tax Record Nov. 15 Jan. 15 Not Needed Not Needed Not Needed
2015 Tax Record March 1 March 1 March 1 April 30 April 30


Additional Resources

Still have questions about applying for aid? The following links are for prospective students and parents who are beginning the financial aid application process. 

Navigating the FAFSA

Check out the online web video tutorial on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) created by our colleagues at the University of California, which provides explanations and time-saving tips.

Watch Tutorial

Federal Verification

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called Federal Verification. A selected FAFSA requires additional documentation to confirm financial aid eligibility.

Learn more

Understanding IDOC

IDOC, or Institutional Documentation Service, serves as a clearinghouse for tax documents by allowing families to submit their paperwork to one location instead of separately to each college to which a student has applied.

Learn more