Continuing Students

Holy Cross students must apply for financial aid every year. To make sure that your application is given priority consideration for financial assistance, all 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 2024-2025 academic year, financial aid eligibility will be based on income information from tax year 2022.

Continuing students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible. 

For 2024-2025, due to the FAFSA Simplification Act passed by Congress, the FAFSA will not be available to be completed until December 2023. 

The CSS Profile will be available on the usual date of October 1, 2023.  

The Office of Financial Aid will offer a help session for completing the CSS Profile for current students and families, as well as the most up-to-date information available on the changes we can expect on the new FAFSA, during the month of October.  Please check your email for details.



Priority Filing Dates

CSS Profile/FAFSA – Available


October 1, 2023/December 2023

FAFSA – Complete


January 15, 2024

CSS Profile – Complete


January 15, 2024

2022 Federal Tax
Returns submitted to IDOC


January 15, 2024

Notification of Financial Aid
Your Financial Aid Offer – 2023-2024 (PDF)


June 2024


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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Continuing Students: January 15, 2024

Transfer Applicants: April 1, 2024


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.

Information forthcoming for 2024-2025

Information forthcoming for 2024-2025


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College Scholarship Service PROFILE (CSS Profile)

Continuing Students: January 15, 2024

Transfer Applicants: April 1, 2024


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

The CSS Profile is free for all domestic undergraduate students whose family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $100,000 dollars or less

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. 

Returning students are not required to submit a CSS Profile for the noncustodial parent(s), nor submit their tax documentation to IDOC.  We will carry forward the calculated noncustodial parental contribution used last year.  However, if you would like a reassessment of the noncustodial parent contribution, please follow the instructions below.

If your parents are separated, divorced, or 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.

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Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) - 2022 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 January 15, 2024 (for 2024-2025 only) for continuing students and by April 1 for transfer applicants.

You will receive instructions after you have completed the CSS 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-Tax Filer's 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, 2023 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 in their STAR portal by mid-June, provided that all required financial aid applications and documents have been received.


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

Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer

Continuing students will be notified of their financial aid offers in June, provided that all required financial aid applications and documents have been received.