Important Message: Currently, the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is not available through the FAFSA website. The Financial Aid Office will accept an IRS tax transcript in lieu of the DRT. You may obtain a tax transcript free of charge at - click 'Get a tax transcript'.

Returning MD students: The financial aid application for the 2017-18 cycle is now open. Financial aid award letters will start going out mid-July.

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 should submit. Once your application is complete, the financial aid office will process an award letter for you. Awarding takes place on a rolling basis throughout the year.


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


CSS Profile Application X
Required for married students/waived for non-married students X
Stanford Supplemental Application X X X A link to this application will appear in AXESS** 2-3 business days after the FAFSA is completed
Tax Returns and W-2s from both natural parents X   Contact the Director of Financial Aid for required documentation of income
Links to upload documents will appear in AXESS** 2-3 business days after the FAFSA is completed

X = A required component of the financial aid application

* For 2016-17 a student is independent if their 30th birthday is before the first day of the academic year. Effective 2017-18, a student is considered independent if they are at least 30 years old on December 31st of the academic year they are applying for aid (e.g. 30 years old by December 31, 2017 for 2017-18)

** 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.