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We are excited that you are considering Pitzer! Did you know that Pitzer meets 100% need? Visit How Aid Works for more details.

We encourage all students interested in receiving financial assistance to apply for aid. Once we receive your application materials, we will review your eligibility for all need-based programs.

Need to check the status of your documents? Prospective students can log-in to their Pitzer Connect page to view their Financial Aid Checklist and keep track of all requirements. The Financial Aid Checklist will be available starting November 15.

Are you an International, Transfer, or New Resource applicant? See International Applicants, Transfer Applicants, or New Resource Applicants for more details that pertain specifically to you.

Application Requirements

Application Type Requirements
Domestic Applicants CSS Profile
FAFSA
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Parent(s)
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Student
DACA/Undocumented Applicants CSS Profile
Dream Act (for CA residents only)
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Parent(s)
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Student
International Applicants ISFAA

Application Deadlines

All financial aid documents are due by the following priority deadlines. Also visit Deadlines for more details and calendar of events.

Application Cycle Deadlines
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 1
Regular Decision January 1
Fall Transfer April 1
Spring Transfer October 10
New Resource April 1

Application Details

  • CSS Profile

    The CSS Profile application allows us to review your eligibility for Pitzer’s need-based scholarship. Apply using Pitzer’s CSS code 4619. The 2020-2021 CSS Profile will be available as early as October 1, 2019.

    Costs
    Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile does have fees. Students pay $25 for the first school, plus $16 for each additional school. The CSS Profile automatically waives application fees if you are eligible. Visit their website for fee waiver details. Pitzer does not offer fee waivers.

    Divorced/Separated Parents
    If your parents are divorced/separated, we will need two CSS Profile applications, one for your custodial and one for your noncustodial parent. If you do not have contact with your noncustodial parent, you may request a waiver of this requirement. You can find this waiver along with more information about divorced/separated parents on the College Board’s website.

  • FAFSA

    The FAFSA application allows us to review your eligibility for federal and state aid (for California residents only). Apply using Pitzer’s CSS code 001172. The 2020-2021 FAFSA will be available as early as October 1, 2019.

    International students are not required to complete the FAFSA. Undocumented or AB540 students from California should complete the Dream Act application.

    Divorced/Separated Parents
    If your parents are divorced/separated, you only need to report information for one parent on the FAFSA. Report information for your custodial parent, which is the parent you lived with the most in the past 12 months. If you lived with both parents equally in the past 12 months, report information for the parent who provides the most financial support.

    Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
    The FAFSA allows you and your parents’ the opportunity to import data directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA. We encourage you to use DRT as it saves time and directly imports accurate tax data. Pitzer still requires that you upload copies of all tax documents directly to IDOC, even if you successfully use Data Retrieval.

  • Tax Documents

    Pitzer requires copies of tax documents in order to verify the information you provide on your CSS Profile and/or FAFSA applications.


    Who must submit documents

    Dependent students must provide copies of their (if applicable) and their parents’ tax documents. For students with divorced/separated parents, Pitzer requires tax documents for both the custodial and noncustodial parent. If your parent is remarried, also submit copies of your stepparent’s tax documents.

    Independent students must provide copies of their and their spouse’s tax documents (if applicable).


    Required tax documents

    U.S. Citizens, Eligible Non-Citizens, and Undocumented residents

    Tax Filers: If you or your parent(s) filed a Federal U.S. Tax Return, upload the entire copy of the federal tax return along with all schedules, statements, K-1s, 1099s, and W-2 forms to IDOC. In addition, if your parents’ file business tax returns (such as 1065, 1120S, 1120 Forms), upload copies of those forms as well.

    Non-Tax Filers who worked: If you and/or your parents worked, but did not file taxes, submit copies of any W-2 forms, 1099 forms, or K-1s. In addition, complete a Non-filing Statement (see Forms on our website) to list all sources of income received.

    Non-Tax Filers who did not work: If you and/or your parents did not work or earn income, complete a Non-filing Statement indicating $0 income.

    International Students
    Tax documents are not required for International students during the application process. If admitted, additional documents may be requested to verify information reported on the ISFAA.


    How to submit documents

    All tax documents must be uploaded directly to College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) system. Do not upload financial aid documents through your admission applicant status page. Financial Aid documents submitted through the Applicant Status Page will not be processed.

    Please do not email any documents containing Personal Identifiable Information (PII) to our office. Documents emailed to us that contain PII will be deleted and not processed.

    You may also fax your documents to 909.607.1205 or mail your documents to:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Pitzer College
    1050 N. Mills Road
    Claremont, CA 91711

  • Verification Documents

    About one-third of all FAFSA applications are selected for a process called verification. Verification requires that we collect additional information to review your federal aid eligibility. Students selected for federal verification must submit the following:

    • Verification Worksheet – Dependent Student (see Forms on our website)
    • IRS Tax Return Transcript or FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

    The IRS Tax Return Transcript is a document you request directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (see sample transcript). This transcript will summarize the IRS tax data for the tax filer and is different from the tax forms you are required to submit. You can request a transcript by mail, phone, or online. For more information, visit the IRS website.

    If you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) through the FAFSA, you are not required to provide an IRS Return Transcript. Instead, the IRS tax data will load directly onto your FAFSA. Follow the instructions on the FAFSA to use DRT, then resubmit your FAFSA in order for DRT to be successful.