How to Apply

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

All students interested in applying for financial aid for the 2020-2021 year will need to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA applications along with copies of your and your parents’ 2018 federal income tax return with all schedules, attachments and W-2 forms. These documents are used to determine the expected family contribution (EFC), which helps measure the family’s ability to pay towards college costs.

The CSS Profile is required to be completed to be considered for Pitzer’s need-based scholarship and loans. Pitzer’s CSS code number is 4619. The deadline for this application varies based on your admission application status:

  • Early Decision I by November 15
  • Early Decision II by January 1
  • Regular Decision by January 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all federal student aid eligibility and for the Cal Grant program.  Pitzer’s federal code number is 001172.  The deadline for this application is on January 1.  We encourage you and your parent to apply for an FSA ID which is the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed electronically.

All California residents are required to apply for a Cal Grant administered by the California Student Aid Commission.  To apply for a Cal Grant you must complete the FAFSA and the Cal Grant Verification Form by the State deadline of March 2.  Please check with your high school counselor about how your high school submits your GPA.  Students who have graduated from a California high school, or were enrolled for at least three years, who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and meet the AB540 eligibility requirements in California may be eligible to receive Cal Grant.  To be considered for the state grant program, AB540 eligible students must complete the state financial aid application called the Dream Act Application and submit the Cal Grant Verification Form by March 2.  Students can learn more about AB540 eligibility requirements on the California Student Aid Commission website.

All new entering International students who are seeking financial aid for the 2020-2021 year will be required to complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).

All transfer students who are seeking financial aid will be required to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA as well as copies of your and your parents’ 2018 federal income tax return with all schedules, attachments and W-2 forms. Please review the published deadlines for fall or spring transfers.

All new entering New Resource students who are seeking financial aid will be required to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA along with copies your 2018 federal income tax return with all schedules, attachments and W-2 forms.

Once you have been offered financial aid by Pitzer College, you may be required to submit additional documents to finalize your financial aid eligibility. Any additional documents will be listed on the Financial Aid Notification letter you will receive if admitted. All aid offered will be considered tentative until the required documents have been submitted for a final review.