How to Apply

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

All students interested in applying for financial aid will need to complete the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA applications to determine the expected family contribution (EFC).  The Expected Family Contribution helps measure the family’s ability to pay towards college costs.

The CSS PROFILE is required to be completed to be considered for Pitzer’s need-based scholarship and loans.  Pitzer’s CSS code number is 4619.  The deadline for this application varies based on your admission application status:

  • Early Decision I by November 15
  • Early Decision II by January 1
  • Regular Decision by February 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all federal student aid eligibility and for the Cal Grant program.  Pitzer’s federal code number is 001172.  The deadline for this application is on February 1.  We encourage you and your parent to apply for a PIN (personal identification number) in order to sign the FAFSA electronically.

All California residents are required to apply for a Cal Grant administered by the California Student Aid Commission.  To apply for a Cal Grant you must complete the FAFSA and the Cal Grant Verification Form by the State deadline of March 2.  Please check with your high school counselor about how your high school submits your GPA.

All new entering International students who are seeking financial aid will be required to complete the CSS PROFILE.  In addition, you must submit the International Certification of Finances to the Office of Admission. When admitted to Pitzer, you will be required to submit a translated copy of your foreign tax return to our office by May 1.

All transfer students who are seeking financial aid will be required to complete the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA.  Please review the published deadlines for fall or spring transfers.

Once you have been offered financial aid by Pitzer College, you will be required to submit copies of your and your parents’ 2014 federal income tax return with all schedules, attachments and W-2 forms to the Financial Aid Office by May 1, 2015. All aid offered will be considered tentative until the required documents have been submitted for a final review.