My Financial Aid - Bennington College

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Where do I get my Financial Aid ID?  A Financial Aid ID is sent to the student's email within 1-2 business days after the Admissions Office receives an application for admission and only if the student indicated an interest in applying for financial aid. Aided students can find their ID on the 2nd page of their financial aid award.

  • Logging in for the first time?  Enter your Financial Aid ID (a capital letter and 5-10 digits). Create a password with at least 9 characters, has capital and lower case, at least one number, and at least one special character  ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( )   Click on the link "FIRST-TIME Activation Only." DO NOT USE SUBMIT if this is the first time ever logging in.
  • Logging in again?  Enter your ID and password, then hit SUBMIT.
  • For security purposes, this ID is not the same as your federal (FAFSA) FSA ID, or the CSS Profile ID, or your Admissions Status page ID. Please keep all of your login IDs in a secure place.  
  • The 'FIRST-TIME ACTIVATION' link is used once to activate your account. For all future access, use 'SUBMIT.'

Throughout the year, you may use these pages to:

  • APPLY ONLINE:  Complete the Bennington Aid Application online, where you will provide permission for us to speak with your parent(s), let us know about scholarships or tuition benefits you will be receiving from sources other than Bennington, etc.
  • REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  View the list of docs we've received and those still outstanding to complete your file. We can only calculate awards when all documents 'for packaging' are noted as received. Likewise, we can only disburse aid after the term begins when all documents "for disbursement" are noted as received.
  • AWARDS:  View your financial aid award 
  • ACCEPT AWARD:  Accept, decline or reduce the aid funds offered to you. This is an important step.
  • COST + MESSAGES:  Review costs for each program for budgeting purposes and read important messages about your financial aid. Most messages are printed on the 2nd page of the financial aid award letter too.
  • FORMS:  Print special aid forms (as required) and learn how to complete certain requirements in the How-To documents.
  • FWT: Learn more about the field-work-term experience
  • WITHDRAWAL POLICY:  Learn more about calculating charges and financial aid should a student withdraw before completion of a term.

If you wish to see your aid information from a prior year, select that year in the dropdown at the top of the page

Beginning the Financial Aid Application

The 1, 2, 3 financial aid application.  All three items are required to receive a need-based financial aid award:

1.  Online aid application on My Financial Aid
2.  FAFSA*  need help
3.  CSS PROFILE required only for first-time undergrads (domestic, international, or transfer) requesting institutional financial aid. 

*FAFSAs marked for Verification by the Department of Education will be asked to provide further documentation to confirm eligibility. Check your Required Documents page regularly for updates and changes.

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