Applying for Aid

How to Apply

Earlham awards more than $20 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Prospective students must have the FAFSA submitted on or before March 1 to receive priority consideration for the full range of financial aid available at Earlham. Students currently enrolled at Earlham College are notified annually of application due dates. Earlham’s FAFSA code — 001793 — must be included for the College to receive the results.

The FAFSA will allow us to determine your eligibility for federal funds and Earlham College need-based funds. All prospective students and all Indiana residents apply for Indiana state grants by completing the FAFSA by March 1. Check with your state agency or high school guidance counselor to find out how to apply for these funds. Currently enrolled students should review the current student calendar on our website for application dates.

Students who have completed their aid application file by March 1 and have been accepted for admission, will receive their Earlham College financial aid award notice during March or April.

Aid applicants and their parent(s) are urged to obtain a U.S. Department of Education PIN at With a PIN the student and parent can “sign” the online FAFSA electronically. A student also can use his or her PIN to complete student loan entrance and exit counseling requirements, sign student loan promissory notes and track federal financial aid.

From time to time, families are selected for a process called "verification." This means that either Earlham or the federal processor needs to verify the information you have reported on your application forms. Students selected for verification may receive an estimated aid packages. These estimated packages will include a list of items we need to verify aid eligibility. This list may include tax transcripts, a Family Size Verification Worksheet or other documents. Shortly after Earlham receives your requested documents, students will receive their actual award notifications.

Renewal of Financial Aid

You must apply for need-based aid each year. Students admitted to Earlham and awarded aid will continue to be awarded the aid for which they qualify each year, as per the policy in effect when the student entered Earlham. Simply stated, assuming that your financial situation stays the same and you maintain satisfactory academic progress towards your degree, your aid eligibility should stay approximately the same all four years. Four basic areas directly affect a student's aid eligibility: number in the family, number in college, income and assets. Significant changes in any one of these areas could affect your aid from year to year.

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Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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