Working to make E-town affordable

We don't want finances to get in the way of a great education. In fact, the ability to pay does not factor into our Admissions decision. We make it our job to work with all of our students to ensure they have the resources necessary to make higher education affordable.

In fact, affordability is so important to us that we assign all students (current and prospective) a financial aid counselor who sticks with them throughout their time at Elizabethtown to ensure that every student's financial needs are addressed.

$37 Million

in institutional scholarships and grants

95% of Students

receive financial aid directly from E-town.

$11 Million

in grants and scholarships to first-year students alone.

Where does all the financial aid come from?

Our students may be eligible for a variety of aid resources. Approximately three-quarters of all aid received by our first-year students comes from Elizabethtown College through endowed scholarships, need-based aid, or merit-based aid.

In addition, our students receive outside financial aid such as federal and state grants, and private aid based on their financial need and academic profile. For more information on Federal Student Aid, contact the Financial Aid Office and don't forget to fill out the FAFSA.

Interested in knowing more about scholarships and financial aid opportunities at Elizabethtown College? Schedule a time to come visit campus.

3/4 of all aid
comes from endowed scholarships, need-based aid, or merit-based aid.

2016-2017 Financial Aid Calendar (tentative)

Fall 2016

  • August 1 - Payment Due
  • August 26 - New Students Arrive
  • August 28 - Returning Student Validation/Check-In
  • September 5 - Labor Day - No Classes
  • October 6-7 - Fall Break - No Classes
  • October 10 - Monday Schedule of Classes
  • October 15 - Homecoming
  • October 19 - Midterm
  • November 14-18 - Registration Week
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 12-16 - Final Exams

Spring 2017

  • January 1 - Payment Due
  • January 15 - Validation/Check-in
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Day - No Classes
  • March 6-10 - Spring Break - No Classes
  • March 14 - Midterm
  • April 14-17 - Easter Recess - No Day Classes
  • April 17 - Monday Evening Classes Meet
  • May 8-12 - Final Exams
  • May 20 - Commencement
AFFORDABILITY is so IMPORTANT to us that we assign all students (current and prospective) a financial aid counselor

Institutional Scholarships and Grants:

Stamps Scholarship

The Stamps Scholars Program recognizes and rewards exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, overcoming obstacles and innovation. Stamps Scholars receive an award meeting 100% of the total cost of tuition plus access to a $6,000 enrichment fund which can be used for study abroad, internship support, community/civic engagement opportunities and other qualified educational activities. This prestigious scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. Students must apply to Elizabethtown College by February 1 to be eligible for this scholarship; interviews are encouraged. More information about Stamps Scholarship.

Mosaic Award

Mosaic Award winners have a demonstrated commitment to valuing and fostering the diversity reflected in their community and in the bigger world beyond.  They have sought opportunities to both seek and provide perspective in conversations and activity related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, age, and national origin.  These awards are valued up to $5,000.  Elizabethtown expects Mosaic Award winners to continue to contribute in similar ways during their time on campus.  All accepted students are considered for the Mosaic Award. More information about the Mosaic Award.

Elizabethtown College Merit-Based Scholarships

These scholarships are automatically awarded to students based on their high school academic achievements and test scores. Students awarded Elizabethtown College Scholarships must remain full-time students in good academic and social standing in order to be eligible for renewal of the scholarships. These scholarships are not transferable to the summer sessions and are available for only eight semesters (10 semesters for 4+1 Master's degree students.) This money is an outright scholarship to the student and does not have to be repaid. This aid is listed as a credit on the College bill. Amounts retain their original values all four years.

  • Presidential Scholarships: Valued at up to $27,000 each, are offered to academically superior entering first-year students. Strong candidates for this award rank in the top percentages of their high school class, have taken a very challenging curriculum, have a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1300 or an ACT composite score of 29, and display leadership, citizenship and extracurricular achievement.
  • Provost Scholarships: Valued at up to $24,000 each, are offered to academically superior students. Strong candidates for this award rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class, have taken a very challenging curriculum, have a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1150 or an ACT composite score of 25, and display leadership, citizenship and extracurricular achievement.
  • Deans Scholarships: Valued up to $21,000 each, are offered to a select group of incoming student whose high school curriculum is challenging, whose academic record is excellent, who have demonstrated leadership and service backgrounds, and who are likely to contribute to the Elizabethtown College community in significant ways.

Elizabethtown Legacy Scholarship

At Elizabethtown College, relationships are important. Relationships that develop between students, faculty, staff, and alumni are a large part of what makes the College distinct.  Elizabethtown recognizes the relationship legacy students have with our community by awarding $2,000 Legacy Scholarships to accepted students who are children or grandchildren of Elizabethtown alumni.

Trustee Grant

These grants are available to students who demonstrate financial need. A student must apply annually to be considered for this grant. This money is an outright grant to the student and does not have to be repaid. This aid is listed as a credit on the College bill. The receipt of additional merit awards may impact this amount.

Church of the Brethren Scholarship

These awards are available to students who are active members of the Church of the Brethren when they are admitted to the College. This money is an outright award to the student and does not have to be repaid. This aid is listed as a credit on the College bill.

Music Performance Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer students who are outstanding performing musicians who meet the challenges of Elizabethtown's academic environment. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors. Awards range in value up to $4,000 annually and are renewable for four years. Scholarship winners must participate in a College music ensemble identified by the College and take private music lessons for credit in their primary performing areas to maintain their scholarships. Students must receive "pass" grades in the ensembles and no less than "B-" in the lessons to remain eligible for the scholarship. Music Scholarship Auditions and Information.

Endowed Scholarships

Elizabethtown College offers dozens of endowed scholarships, each with different requirements. These could be based on major, year of study or interest.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Each transfer student is unique. The scholarship process for transfer students is unique too and requires individual attention. Contact the Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment to learn more. 

Scholarships for International Students

Qualified International Students are eligible for an Elizabethtown College International Student Scholarship for their four years at the College. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Coordinator of International Recruitment.