Stanford University

This page will be updated by late summer 2020.

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Stanford

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

Match Requirements


QuestBridge Application plus Stanford QuestBridge Supplement

Once your QuestBridge Application has been forwarded to Stanford, you will receive follow-up instructions by email on how to log in to your Stanford Application Status Page. Once you log in, you will have access to the Stanford QuestBridge Supplement.

In order to be eligible for the Match at Stanford, you must complete the Stanford QuestBridge Supplement.

For reference, you can find Stanford’s short essay supplement questions here.


Test Scores
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 4704
ACT code: 0434

Stanford will review applications from all students using either their official or self-reported test scores. Official score reports are not required unless the student is admitted and chooses to enroll.

Stanford no longer requires the writing section of either the SAT or ACT.

SAT Subject Tests are optional.

Non-native English speakers should submit TOEFL scores if the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing or the ACT does not accurately reflect their English skill level.


2020-2021 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 001305
Available Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  • You may obtain your parents’ tax data directly from the IRS by using the Data Retrieval tool. This process transfers your family’s tax information directly to the FAFSA application. Step by step instructions are available here.
  • If you choose not to complete this step, the Financial Aid Office may request from you an IRS tax transcript in order to complete your application. 

If you are undocumented:


2020-2021 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4704
Available Oct. 1

Required for all applicants. Please select "Regular Decision" as your admission application type. 

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Each parent will need to provide CSS Profile information separately, using individual login credentials. Stanford recommends that the student and the custodial parent complete the CSS Profile first.
  • If you do not have any contact with your non-custodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the NCP Waiver Request Form  and submit it, along with supporting documentation, through the College Board IDOC Service.

If you are undocumented:


2018 Federal Tax Returns and Forms

Once you have submitted your CSS Profile, you will receive an email message from CSS with instructions for completing the IDOC process.

Submit your 2018 parent federal tax return with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms, and other earning statements. Include all personal, corporate, and partnership tax returns.

If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, both parents will need to submit tax documents separately.

Options following the Match

Early Action

Finalists who do not match cannot be considered for admission through Restrictive Early Action to Stanford, but instead will be automatically considered in the Regular Decision process.

Finalists who do not participate in the Match may apply to Stanford under Restrictive Early Action. In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Complete either the Common Application or Coalition Application in its entirety by November 1. You may select the “I am a QuestBridge Finalist” in order to have your application fee waived.
  • Email with the message “I would like to remove my QuestBridge National College Match consideration from the Stanford University process. Instead, I am opting to complete the Common or Coalition Application for consideration under Restrictive Early Action. I have reviewed the policies set forth at I will neither rank any colleges for the Match, nor submit any Early Action or Early Decision application to any other college or university that would violate Stanford’s Restrictive Early Action policy.”

Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank Stanford for the Match, but do not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved to Regular Decision. You may access the QuestBridge Optional Update Form via your Application Status Page in order to inform us of any academic or life changes you find important to your application status.

All Finalists who rank Stanford University in the Match but match to a binding institution, must complete the Stanford University Application Withdrawal Form, available on the Application Status page.

A midyear transcript is required for Regular Decision. Please ask your counselor to send the document as an email attachment to

If you no longer wish to be considered for admission to Stanford University, you must contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at to withdraw your application. Be sure to include your full legal name, school name, date of birth, and application ID.

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Stanford on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 4 - December 15. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Stanford (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application materials to Stanford according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Application Materials


Finalists who ranked Stanford and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Stanford

Common Application or Coalition Application with Stanford-specific questions, and all supporting documents 


Select the fee waiver option if you meet the Common Application or Coalition Application fee waiver guidelines. If you do not meet the guidelines, simply respond to the QuestBridge Finalist question in the Stanford Questions section of the application.

QuestBridge Midyear Report

Deadline: Feb. 15


Official Transcript(s)

Update including recent grades

Test Scores
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 4704
ACT code: 0434

Only if new scores to report

QuestBridge Update Form (optional)


Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials


Finalists who ranked Stanford and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Stanford

2020-2021 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 001305
Available: Oct. 1


US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

If you are undocumented, follow the instructions for Undocumented Students applying for financial aid. 

2020-2021 CSS Profile

CSS code: 4704
Available Oct. 1


If you are undocumented, follow the instructions for Undocumented Students applying for financial aid. 

2018 Federal Tax Returns and Forms


Contact Information 

Contact Information (for sending materials):

Submit official transcripts by email, fax, or mail to:
Stanford University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Montag Hall
355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6106
Fax: (650) 723-6050

Upload, fax or mail federal income tax returns to:

1. Financial Aid Office: Secure Document Upload

2. Financial Aid Office Fax: (650) 725-0540

3.  Stanford University
     Financial Aid Office
     Montag Hall
     355 Galvez Street
     Stanford, CA 94305-6106

Please allow at least three business days for processing of all documents. If you encounter technical issues with the document upload or fax, send an email to and someone will get back to you within 48 hours.

For general information:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid

More information about applying to Stanford
More information about applying for financial aid at Stanford