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All current students receiving need-based aid must re-apply for financial aid to have their aid reconsidered. Need-based aid is not automatically renewed. Students not previously on aid can apply by meeting the requirements and deadlines below.

Application Requirements

Need to check the status of your documents? Returning students can log-in to their MyCampus2 Portal to view their financial aid documents and keep track of all 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 CSS Profile
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Parent(s)
• Copies of 2018 tax documents  – Student

Application Deadlines

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

Deadlines
March 2 Priority financial aid deadline
June 15 Last day to submit documents in order for aid to appear on first bill of the semester
August 31 Last day to submit documents in order to be considered for work-study
October 15 Last day to submit documents in order to be considered for fall aid
October 15 Last day to submit a financial aid appeal for circumstances that occurred prior to October 15
October 31 Last day to submit Self-Help Agreement before work-study and/or loans are cancelled

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.

    Costs
    Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile does have a fee of $25. The CSS Profile requirement may be waived for some students. Students who are eligible to have their CSS Profile requirement waived are notified via email by the Office of Financial Aid in December.

    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. Students who had their noncustodial parent information waived when they were first admitted do not need to submit additional noncustodial parent information.

  • 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.

    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.

    Corrections
    It is routine for the Office of Financial Aid to make corrections to your FAFSA as we complete the verification process. The student will always receive a notification via email that FAFSA changes have been made; don’t worry and please do not change the data in your FAFSA unless we have asked you to. If you have any questions about the changes that have been made to you FAFSA, please contact us, we’re happy to explain any changes.

  • 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. If you, the student, worked on-campus during the 2018 calendar year, you must submit a copy of your Pitzer W-2.

    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 Filers: If you or your parent(s) filed a non-U.S. tax return, upload a translated copy of that tax return to IDOC. Non-U.S. tax returns must be translated to English by a third-party and all currency must be converted to U.S. dollars.

    Non-Tax Filers who worked: If your parents worked, but did not file taxes, they must submit a Non-filing Statement and an income statement from their employer outlining their income earned during the 2018 calendar year. Income statements must be translated to English by a third-party and all currency must be converted to U.S. dollars. If you, the student, worked on-campus during the 2018 calendar year, you must submit a Non-filing Statement and a copy of your W-2(s) including those issued by Pitzer.

    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.


    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 mail your documents to:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Pitzer College
    1050 N. Mills Road
    Claremont, CA 91711

  • Federal Verification

    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)*

    *A signed copy of a tax return may be accepted in lieu of DRT or a Tax Return Transcript

    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.

A Few Tips

  • Check your portal

    All students are able to see the status of their documents live through their MyCampus2 Portal. Documents in a “not received”, “incomplete” or “not signed” status require action.

  • Check your email

    Our office sends missing document notices and follow-up form requests to you (the student) via their Pitzer email. We do not email parents. However, we understand that students and their parents often work together to navigate the financial aid process; we encourage students to forward relevant information to their parents to assist in the process. Timely replies to our emails is key to making sure your aid application is reviewed.

    Email notices are usually sent once a month. Make sure to add financial_aid@pitzer.edu to your safe sender list on your email settings.