Pres. Oxtoby's message to the Pomona College community regarding Pres. Trump's executive orders

This past week, President Donald Trump signed three deeply troubling executive orders related to immigration, border security, refugee admissions, and entry from certain Muslim majority countries. While we are closely reviewing the orders with our legal counsel to fully understand the potential and likely significant impacts of these orders on members of our community, what I want to share with you today is that the College will support our students, faculty, and staff.

I’ve been deferred. What should I do next?

We defer fewer ED applicants than we admit, so a deferral is by no means an automatic or thoughtless decision. It means that, while we were impressed with your application and would like to see you in the class, we have decided to consider your application again in the context of the broader applicant pool. Every year, we do admit students in the spring whom we defer in the fall.

If you have been deferred, we encourage you to submit any new testing (SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests) and ensure that we have your mid-term grade reports. Although it is not required, you are also welcome to submit additional materials (for example, an art or science supplement, one additional recommendation or a personal communication with your admission officer).


What You Need to Know about the 2017–18 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE APPLICATION:  What’s changing for 2017–18?


Starting with the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), these changes will be in effect:

  • You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA® earlier. You can file your 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • You’ll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information. Assets will be reported at the time of application.
  • The CSS PROFILE will remain the primary application to apply for institutional financial aid. The date this form will become available remains the same, October 1.

How will the changes benefit students and families?

We expect that you’ll benefit in these ways:

  • Since both forms will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back later to update the information..
  • Since you’ll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. This could reduce additional information requests if you are selected for federal verification.
  • With the FAFSA available earlier, you may feel less pressure due to having more time to explore and understand your financial aid options and apply for aid before your state’s and schools’ deadlines.

Will Pomona's financial aid deadlines be earlier since the application is launching earlier?

No. Pomona will continue to use the same application deadlines for new and returning students.

Apply online: School Code 4607
Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable)
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state aid programs.
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
Federal Tax Documents/Verification of Income
Submit the most recent U.S. tax form, Forms W-2 and schedules used to file the Federal Tax Return.
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
Certification of Finances
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15

Can I choose to report 2016 information if my family's financial situation has changed since our 2015 taxes were filed?

No. You must report the information the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE asks for. If your family’s income has changed substantially since the 2015 tax year, you will want to submit a letter of special circumstances directly to the Office of Financial Aid either via the CSS PROFILE or via mail.

Note: Both FAFSA and CSS PROFILE ask for marital status as of the day you fill out the form. If your parents are married now but weren’t in 2015 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), you’ll need to add both parents’ income to your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Similarly, if your parents filed their 2015 taxes as married but are no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, you’ll need to exclude the other parent’s income on the FAFSA. The CSS Profile will ask for the second parent’s income/asset information on a Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE.

Will I receive an aid offer earlier if I apply earlier?

Not necessarily. Some schools will make offers earlier while others won’t. If you’re thinking of transferring to another school, you might want to look at the College Scorecard at to compare costs at different schools while you wait for your aid offers to arrive.

Note: You should be aware that the maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2017–18 won’t be known until early 2017, so keep in mind that, even if you do receive an aid offer early, it could change due to various factors.