Location: Bowdoin / Student Aid / Parents & Prospective Students / FAFSA

Student Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and Stafford loans. The FAFSA does not determine a family’s eligibility for Bowdoin grant assistance.

Families should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Dependent students and parents will be asked to register for a federal PIN number. The PIN serves as your electronic signature. We suggest you record your FAFSA User ID and PIN and keep a reference copy of your completed FAFSA.

Once the FAFSA is completed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). You may return to the FAFSA web site at any time to update or correct the data. Federal financial aid is often not available until the FASAS data is accurate and verified.

Complete the FAFSA with your estimated or actual 2013-2014 data. You do not need to complete your 2012 income tax forms before you submit the FAFSA, but the data should be updated once taxes are filed. If you have questions about which forms to file, please see our Questions & Answers section of the Student Aid site. We also suggest that you keep a reference copy of the financial aid application.

Important Information about FAFSA!

  • FAFSA filing is free. Be careful not to confuse the free FAFSA website with a for-profit site at fafsa.com that charges up to $100 to file the form for you.
  • The FAFSA may be submitted from January 1, 2012 until the published deadline. Be sure to enter Bowdoin’s school code 002038 to route the data electronically to Bowdoin. You do not need to complete your 2011 income tax forms before you submit the FAFSA.
  • Meeting published deadlines for the colleges to which you apply is the most important consideration for first year applicants.
  • Discrepancies in information you provide may result in changes to your eligibility for Pell Grant, Stafford loan interest subsidy and other federal programs.