Financial Aid and Scholarships
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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.
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.
Financial Aid Timeline
Please note that this timeline only applies to traditional undergraduate students. Additional information for students enrolled in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies can be found here.
The 2019-2020 FAFSA application available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Begin notifying New Accepted FAFSA filers of financial aid eligibility
The 2019-2020 Parent PLUS loan application available online at www.studentloans.gov
The Financial Aid Office will review Satisfactory Academic Progress for all returning students
Next Steps instructions mailed to Deposited New students
Students may log in to the Student Aid Portal to view and accept/decline financial aid awards or complete requirements
Welcome, Class of 2023! Attend Summer Orientation to learn more about the Elizabethtown College community
June - August
Complete and submit all outstanding financial aid forms as soon as possible
Fall semester bill due date. Contact the Business Office or Financial Aid with questions or concerns
Classes begin for the fall semester
Institutional Scholarships and Grants
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 an 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 submit a completed application to Elizabethtown College by February 1 to be eligible for this scholarship; interviews are encouraged. More information about Stamps Scholarship.
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. 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.
These 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.
These 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.
These 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 a Legacy Scholarships to accepted students who are children or grandchildren of Elizabethtown alumni. This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of four year (8 regular consecutive semesters), provided the student remains in good academic standing and has a favorable disciplinary record as defined by the Student Handbook.
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 institutional awards/aid, outside scholarships/aid or a change in residential status may impact this amount. The Trustee grant may be swapped dollar-for-dollar for a named endowed scholarship.
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 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.
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
Transfer students are eligible for all merit-based scholarships, with the exception of the Stamps Scholarship. Members of Phi Theta Kappa are awarded our renewable Presidential Scholarship ($16,000 per academic year for the 2019-2020 academic year), while all other transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $16,000 per academic year (2019-2020). 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.
Elizabethtown College is an NCAA Division III institution. NCAA Division III rules prohibit the awarding of financial aid and/or scholarship based on athletic criteria. Therefore, the College is prohibited from awarding financial aid and/or scholarships based upon athletic ability, leadership, participation or performance.