Applying for Financial Aid

A financial aid application is required for each academic year you wish to recieve financial aid. Review the chart below to determine which application materials you need to submit. Once your application is complete, the financial aid office will process an award letter for you.  


Most Students Independent Students* International Students Where to submit:
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid


CSS Profile Application X
Stanford Supplemental Application X X X There is a link in AXESS** to submit this application
Tax Returns and W-2s from both natural parents X   Contact the Director of Financial Aid for required documentation of income
There are links in AXESS** to submit these documents

X = A required component of the financial aid application

* A student is independent if their 30th birthday is before the first day of the academic year

** To log in to AXESS you need a SUNet ID - If you do not have a SUNet ID click here: SUNet ID


United States citizens or permanent residents who complete the financial aid application will be considered for all types of aid including need-based Stanford grants and loans and federal loans. International students cannot apply for federal aid (omit FAFSA) but may complete the other application components to be considered for need-based Stanford grants and loans.

All students may qualify for other sources of support, including, but not limited to, MedScholars, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or other external awards. The application for these sources of funding is separate from the financial aid application.

Note: MSTP students do not typically need to apply for financial aid.