Prospective Students

We are committed to making a Davidson education affordable. Financial aid packages typically include a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment. You and your family must apply each year.

Evaluating Applications

We evaluate each need-based financial aid application according to these guiding principles:

  • You and your family have the primary responsibility for college costs, to the extent of your ability
  • Your ability may be determined through assessment of your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Financial need is the estimated annual cost of attending Davidson minus your family's estimated annual contribution
  • In determining the "number in college" for awarding Davidson's grant funds, only siblings who are seeking their first undergraduate degree will be considered. Siblings in graduate school or who are pursuing an additional undergraduate degree will not be counted as a family member in college.

As a need-based aid applicant, you must notify us of the amount and source of all non-Davidson awards you receive. As a rule, outside awards will replace rather than augment the need-based financial aid package we have offered.

Application Process

Submit the following forms:

  • 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (code 5150). (Used to determine institutional aid eligibility.)
  • 2017-18 FAFSA (federal code 002918). Available Oct. 1, 2016. (Used to determine federal and state aid eligibility.)
  • Signed copy of the parental and student 2015 federal income tax return, with all forms, schedules, and W-2 forms – submitted to the College Board's IDOC Service.

You may also be requested to submit:

  • Noncustodial Parent Profile (if natural parents are divorced or separated)
  • Corporate/Partnership tax return (if parents file this type of return)

Please note: We receive PROFILE and FAFSA data electronically. You do not need to submit copies of these forms. If you only wish to be considered for federal and state aid programs, you only need to file the FAFSA.

Additionally:

  • When you file your PROFILE you will receive an email from the College Board explaining how to submit your tax returns and other forms that may be required.
  • If corrections need to be made to your PROFILE after you submit it, the Financial Aid Office will make the corrections using your 2015 tax return information.

Deadlines for Early Decision Students

Early Decision Plan I

By Nov. 15: Submit the 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and 2017-18 FAFSA. 

By Dec. 1: Submit signed copies of 2015 federal income tax returns (include all forms, schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board's IDOC Service.

By late December: Tentative Financial Aid decision letters are mailed to admitted Early Decision I need based applicants.

Early Decision Plan II

By Jan. 2: Submit the 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and 2017-18 FAFSA.

By Jan. 16: Submit signed copies of 2015 federal income tax returns (include all forms, schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board's IDOC Service.

By late January - Mid-February: Tentative Financial Aid decision letters are mailed to admitted Early Decision II need-based applicants.

Deadlines for Regular Decision

By Feb. 15: Submit the 2017-18 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and 2017-18 FAFSA.

By March 1: Submit signed copies of 2015 federal income tax returns (include all forms, schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board's IDOC Service.

March and April: Tentative Financial Aid decision letters are sent to all on-time applicants.

May 1: National Candidates Reply Date. Send your deposit to the college of your choice!

Late Applications

Families who file aid application materials after the published deadlines are subject to a reduction in the college grant portion of the award. This grant reduction will be in the form of a student loan ranging from $3,500 - $5,500, depending upon the student's grade level.