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Continuing Students and Transfer Applicants

Holy Cross students must apply for financial aid every year. To make sure that your application is given priority consideration for financial assistance, all transfer applicants and continuing students must complete their financial aid applications correctly and on time. If you file late, your application will be processed as time and fund availability allow. 

Please note that for the 2020-2021 academic year, financial aid eligibility will be based on income information from tax year 2018.

Continuing students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible.  The office will begin reviewing financial aid applications on November 1, 2019.

The Office of Financial Aid offers Help Sessions throughout the month of October to assist current students with completing their FAFSA and CSS Profile.  Please check your email for details.



Priority Filing Dates

FAFSA/CSS Profile - Available


October 1, 2019

FAFSA - Complete


November 1, 2019

CSS PROFILE - Complete


November 1, 2019

2018 Federal Tax
Returns submitted to IDOC


November 1, 2019

Notification of Financial Aid 






Transfer applicants
Please note that financial assistance at Holy Cross is need-based. Funds for transfer students are limited.  To apply for financial aid, please complete the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and submit all 2018 federal tax returns to IDOC by April 1, 2020.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA Filing Dates
Continuing Students: November 1, 2019
Transfer Applicants: April 1, 2020

College of the Holy Cross - federal school code: 002141

An official, valid FAFSA is required of all students who intend to apply for federal or institutional financial aid.

Make sure you include Holy Cross' federal school code (002141) on the FAFSA to ensure that we receive your data. It is recommended that you file the FAFSA online, or you may acquire a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID and submitting it via mail to the processing agency.

  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT): The IRS DRT will be available to allow you and your parents to upload your filed 2018 federal tax return data directly to your FAFSA. This tool is the best and easiest way to provide accurate income information on the FAFSA. 
    • You and your parents are ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if you:
      • Filed an amended 2018 federal tax return
      • Did not file a 2018 federal tax return
      • Are married but have filed separately
      • Filed a foreign tax return (including Puerto Rico)

Federal Verification

In the event your FAFSA is randomly selected for Federal Verification, your taxable income must be verified by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you and/or your parents are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when updating your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education requires our office to collect a Tax Return Transcript processed by the IRS. Please note that parents who are married but file separately must submit two separate IRS transcripts. Transcripts are not required for those filing a foreign or Puerto Rican tax return. 

You may request a Tax Return Transcript online, by phone at 1-800-908-9946, or via paper request using the 4506-T. (The Financial Aid Office's address should be included on line 5 of form 4506-T.)

If your parent(s) did not file a federal tax return in 2018, and your FAFSA is selected for Federal Verification, they are required to submit an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter which they can request from the IRS online just as you request a Tax Return Transcript.

In addition, you are required to submit the 2020-2021 Verification Worksheet (PDF). This worksheet must be completed, signed by the student and parent, and submitted along with all other documents to IDOC. Please be advised that your application for financial aid will be considered incomplete until we receive this and all requested documents necessary to complete the verification process.


College Scholarship Service PROFILE (CSS Profile)

CSS Profile Filing Dates
Continuing Students: November 1, 2019
Transfer Applicants: April 1, 2020

College of the Holy Cross CSS code number: 3282

This application is required if you wish to be considered for Holy Cross need-based grants and scholarships

You can begin the online application process by creating a College Board account (if you don't already have one).  You may then complete the entire CSS Profile in one sitting, or you may choose to save it and return to it later. 

If your parents are separated, divorcedor never married and NOT living together, both of your biological/adoptive parents will complete their own CSS Profile. Each parent will access the CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. The noncustodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing his/her information.  It's highly recommended that the student and custodial parent complete the CSS Profile first, as the noncustodial parent cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of noncustodial parent information. 

If your noncustodial parent's information was waived last year due to special circumstances, you do not need to submit another waiver request.

International Students: Complete the CSS Profile for International Students found on the College Board's website and carefully follow their directions for submission. Holy Cross offers limited funding for international students.



Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) - 2018 Federal Tax Forms

Complete copies of actual federal tax returns (i.e. 1040 Form) including all schedules, W-2 wage statements, all business tax returns (i.e. partnership, s-corporation, corporate), schedules, and K-1s must be submitted for both the parent(s) (custodial and noncustodial) and student to the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) by November 1 for continuing students and by April 1 for transfer applicants.

You will receive instructions after you have completed the PROFILE application online on how to submit your documents to IDOC. 

If either you and/or your parent(s) do NOT file a federal tax return, you must download, complete, and submit to IDOC a Non-Filer Statement (PDF).  In addition, except for dependent students, confirmation of non-filing from the IRS or other relevant tax authority dated on or after October 1, 2019 is required.  Please visit the website to request a Verification of Non-filing Letter.



Continuing students should be able to view their financial aid offers on their STAR accounts by mid-summer, provided that all required financial aid applications and documents have been received.


All upperclass first-time financial aid applicants will receive offer information by late August, provided that all required financial aid applications and documents have been received.