You must reapply for financial aid each year. Your aid package covers one academic year, and funds are not automatically renewed. Instructions for applying for the upcoming academic year are emailed to current freshman, sophomore, and junior aid recipients in February.
The deadline to submit a complete application (including all documents) for returning students is May 1. Students will be notified of their award during the second week of July.
aid calendar lists the deadlines and timeline. These deadlines
normally do not vary much from year to year. If your application is completed
late, we cannot guarantee the availability of funding for that year. Late
applicants may lose a percentage of grant funding (5% for each month the
application is delayed).
Required Documents (Top)
1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be filed on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA on or after January 1st. The school code for JHU is E00473.
2. College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE form. The PROFILE for 2015-2016 may be accessed and filed online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com. The CSS PROFILE code for Hopkins is 5332.
Although registration for the 2015-2016 CSS PROFILE is available beginning on October 1, 2014, we recommend that returning students complete the PROFILE at the same time they complete the FAFSA. Every student must register on http://www.collegeboard.com to complete the PROFILE. You will be charged a $25 fee by the College Board to process and report your information to Johns Hopkins. The fee is based on the number of schools you list to receive the data ($9 plus $16 for each school listed.) The College Scholarship Service offers fee waivers to eligible students at the time of registration.
3. Signed copies of all pages of parents' 2014 federal income tax return, including W-2 forms. JHU uses the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) to collect copies of parent and student federal income tax returns. After you register for the CSS PROFILE, you will receive a notice from the College Board's IDOC service listing all documents required to complete your application.
At a minimum, we require signed copies of both parents' and student's 2014 federal income tax returns, all schedules and attachments and W-2 forms. Students who do not file a federal income tax return should complete the non-filing statement. All required documents must be submitted to the College Board's IDOC Service by the postmark date of May 1. The IDOC website is: https://idoc.collegeboard.org/.
Starting February 2, 2015, applicants will have two options for submitting their IDOC information:
A. Upload electronic versions of their document at https://idoc.collegeboard.org/. This is also the website where applicants may review their requirements, download additional documents, view their status, etc.
B. United Postal Delivery to:
If you prefer to submit your IDOC documents via courier delivery service (Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, etc.) the mailing address is
*NOTE: Please do not send tax returns or other documents to the Office of Student Financial Services. Send all required documents to IDOC in a single packet.
In addition, the following documents may be required:
4. 2014 Business Income Tax Returns. If either parent is self-employed and/or owns a business or farm, we will need copies of IRS Business Income Tax Returns. These documents should be submitted to IDOC.
5. CSS Noncustodial PROFILE. If your parents are separated or divorced, your non-custodial parent must complete the Noncustodial PROFILE online. The non-custodial parent may access the PROFILE online after the student has registered with the CSS PROFILE. An email reminder will be sent to the non-custodial parent to complete the requirement once the student has submitted and completed the PROFILE online with the custodial parent. There is a $25 fee to complete this form. We realize that issues of college support may be complicated in divorce and separated families. We evaluate each situation individually. If you believe special circumstances exist in your family, contact your financial aid advisor.
Signed copies of all pages of noncustodial parents' 2014 federal income tax return, including W2 forms. Non-custodial parent information may be submitted in a separate packet to IDOC.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (Top)
Students who receive Federal Student Financial Aid must, in accordance with federal, state, and institutional requirements, be in good standing and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward obtaining their degree or certificate. Under Federal Title IV law, the college's SAP requirements must meet certain minimum requirements, and be at least as strict and the college's standards for Good Academic Standing. This policy applies to students applying for financial aid for semesters/period of enrollment that begin with the fall 2011 semester.
Johns Hopkins University Scholarship and Grant funds are also contingent upon achieving SAP as defined by the following policy. However, these funds are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters. Under some circumstances, a ninth semester may be awarded upon appeal.
What is our Financial Aid SAP Policy?
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) - Qualitatively, on a scale of 4.0, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Grades from all coursework attempted at Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences & Engineering are included in the GPA calculation. Students must also earn a 2.0 semester GPA.
Minimum cumulative completion rate/Pace - Quantitatively, financial aid recipients must maintain a cumulative completion rate of earned credits equal to or exceeding 67% of the credits attempted. Students must also earn 12 credits each semester.
Maximum timeframe to completion of degree or certificate - The maximum timeframe is the maximum timeframe under law to complete the degree or certificate. Students must complete the required course work within 150% of the published program length (e.g., 180 credits attempted for a 120 credit program).
Treatment of W, I, AU, F, S, P and X Grades, No Grade Reported and Repeated Coursework
How do classes taken at another institution and transferred to our schools affect a student's SAP?
What if I study abroad for one or more semesters?
How does a change of major impact a student's SAP evaluation?
How does remedial coursework and ESL coursework impact a student’s SAP evaluation?
How often is a student's SAP reviewed and how are students notified? Financial aid recipients are reviewed for SAP at the end of each traditional semester of enrollment (Fall, Spring, Summer). Student Financial Services will contact students (in writing) who do not meet the SAP standards and are placed either in a warning status or lose eligibility.
Financial Aid Warning Status
Students receiving financial aid for the first time will be placed on Financial Aid Warning as applicable if they did not meet the minimum grade point average or course completion standards as noted in this policy based the previous period of enrollment prior to applying for financial aid.
Financial Aid Suspension – Losing Title IV Eligibility
Students who do not complete their program within the Maximum Timeframe lose eligibility for financial aid and are placed on Financial Aid Suspension status.
Financial Aid Probation and Reinstatement of Aid After Financial Aid Suspended Status
*Students who are beyond the maximum timeframe to completion may regain financial aid eligibility on a semester-by-semester basis through the appeal process.
The committee will review the appeal and consult with academic advisers and other involved parties as warranted. Appeals will only be approved If the committee is in agreement that the student’s grounds for the appeal are reasonable, the student has a reasonable chance to succeed and graduate and an academic plan is in place. Students will receive written notification of the decision. All decisions on such appeals are final. Students who lose eligibility for financial aid due to not meeting the minimum SAP standards more than one time during their program may submit an appeal each time.
Is financial aid probation the same as academic probation?No. Financial aid recipients must meet the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards, which is at least as stringent as the schools' academic policy standards, in accordance with federal Title IV law. Students should consult the Standards for Good Academic Standing for more information on that standard. Students on academic probation may also be on Financial Aid Suspension or Financial Aid Probation status, or they may not be.
Citizenship Documents (Top)
You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for Johns Hopkins need-based grant and federal student financial aid.
When an applicant completes the FAFSA, the processor matches the student's name, social security number, and date of birth with the Social Security Administration database (for U.S. citizens) and with the Department of Homeland Security database (for eligible non-citizens). If the match with either database confirms citizenship or permanent resident status, no further documentation is required. However, if the match does not confirm the student's status, the applicant will be required to provide documentation.
One of the following is required to document U.S. citizenship:
One of the following is required to document status as a U.S. permanent resident: