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Applying for Aid

How to Apply

Earlham awards more than $32 million in aid each year. Aid packages may include grants and scholarships, campus employment and/or loans. In order for us to determine your eligibility for these funds, you must complete the FAFSA.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online form provided by the U.S. Department of Education that calculates a family’s ability to contribute toward their student’s education (Expected Family Contribution). It requests income and asset information, as well as number in the family, children in college, and additional information.

Families can now complete the FAFSA beginning October 1 of the year prior to enrollment (e.g., October 1, 2018, for the 2019-20 academic year). The FAFSA must be completed online at

You must apply for need-based aid each year. Financial aid packages remain relatively the same as long as the family’s expected family contribution as calculated on the FAFSA remains relatively the same.

Apply for Financial Aid

Both student and parent must obtain an FSA ID at  Your FSA ID is a unique identifier and password that gives you access to the Federal Student Aid system, and allows you to sign documents electronically. The parent and student must have a different email address.

  • Parent and student will use this to complete the FAFSA
  • Students will use this for completing loan requirements
  • Parents will use this for parent loan processing

U.S. Citizens or permanent residents interested in being considered for need-based aid must complete the FAFSA electronically at and include Earlham’s school code of 001793.

  • The FAFSA has a convenient option called the DRT – Data Retrieval Tool which enables you to pull information directly from your completed IRS tax return into the FAFSA. We strongly recommend using this tool. It not only saves you time and reduces potential errors, but may also keep the government from requesting additional documentation.
  • In about one third of all FAFSAs filed, families are selected for a process called verification. For those flagged for verification, schools are required to verify the information reported on the FAFSA by obtaining from you federal tax transcripts, family size verification forms or other documents. Using the DRT (see above) reduces the time you’ll need to spend on this.

Important FAFSA Filing Dates

October 1 – March 1 Students submit the FAFSA 
March 1 Deadline for New Students to submit the FAFSA
April 10 Deadline for completion of FAFSA for Indiana residents (New and Continuing Students) who wish to be considered for Indiana State Aid.

If an Indiana resident misses this deadline, Earlham cannot replace the State aid with Earlham aid.
June 1 Deadline for completion of FAFSA for returning students who are not Indiana residents.
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