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Elmhurst College recognizes that the cost of a college education often is greater than a student's resources. The College offers a variety of need- and merit-based financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment to assist the student in paying for an Elmhurst College education. Admission decisions are made independently from any consideration of financial need.

File the FAFSA
Early Estimate
Financial Aid Awards
Special Student Circumstances
Statement of Financial Responsibility 
Study Off-Campus and Abroad 
Veterans Benefits
Students Convicted of Sale or Possession of Illegal Drugs
Contact Us

File the FAFSA
Elmhurst College strongly encourages every student to apply for financial aid. Students will not know if they qualify for financial aid unless they apply.
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a financial aid application prepared by the U. S. Department of Education to determine eligibility for federal, state and college sponsored financial aid.

The FAFSA can be filed online at Students may file the FAFSA after October 1 for the following academic year. It is recommended that the FAFSA be filed by December 1. The FAFSA must be filed each academic year. Both the student and one parent will need a FSA ID  to file the FAFSA online. Apply for a FSA ID at

There are eligibility requirements to receive federal financial aid.

Information needed for the FAFSA includes: federal income tax information from 2016 (if applying for the 2018–19 academic year), student's social security number and birth date, parent's social security numbers and birth dates and asset information for both parents and student. It is recommended that completed income tax forms be used to complete the FAFSA.

Families can also utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to transfer their income tax information directly into the FAFSA.

The Elmhurst College school code for the FAFSA is 001676.


Early Estimate 

Elmhurst cannot provide financial aid award notices until students are admitted to the College and they file the FAFSA. However, our Net Price Calculator provides applicants with an estimate of their aid eligibility and calculates estimated payments.


Financial Aid Awards
Students must be admitted to the College to receive an award notice.

New students who receive aid will receive an award notice which lists the combination of different types of financial aid used to meet a student's need. Financial aid awards may include grants, scholarships, loans and federal work-study. The amounts and types of financial aid included in the award are based on both the student's need as determined by the results of the student's FAFSA and the student's academic record. Students who receive an Elmhurst College grant, may have a portion of the grant funded, in part, by a named donor scholarship. A separate notification is sent if it is determined that the student qualifies for one of these scholarships. 

New student award notices are mailed out starting in early January. Early action award notices are mailed starting December 1.  Continuing students will receive an email notifying them to check BlueNet to view their award notice online after February 1.

Elmhurst College grants and scholarships are applied electronically to the student's account and are applicable only to tuition, fees and room and board costs. All funds, including other grants and loans, allocated for a particular term are applied to the student's account no more than ten days before the beginning of that term.

Students who choose to defer enrollment after receiving a financial aid award should not assume that the same types and amounts of financial aid would be available for a subsequent period of enrollment.


About 35 percent of students who file a FAFSA are randomly selected for verification by the U. S. Department of Education. If your file is selected, you will be required to supply Elmhurst College with the documents necessary to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA. The student will receive a written or email request for information from the Office of Student Financial Services if anything is required. The student's financial aid award can not be applied to the student's account until all requested materials are received and verification has been completed.

If income tax information is requested, the student and parent (if applicable) must provide the information in one of two ways:

1. Use the IRS Retrieval Tool that is part of FAFSA on the Web Available only for 2018-2019 FAFSA 
2. Submit a 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript (for 2018-2019 FAFSA)


Special Student Circumstances
A serious illness or unusual financial hardship are examples of special circumstances that may have serious financial impact on a student. If a student believes their circumstances qualify, inform the Office of Student Financial Services. The student should complete a Special Circumstances form and submit it to the Office of Student Financial Services for consideration.


Statement of Financial Responsibility
By registering for courses at Elmhurst College, you hereby acknowledge that you are entering into a contractual arrangement with Elmhurst College, whereby you agree to comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to your registration, payment of fees, enrollment and attendance.  Included in the rules and regulations that comprise the terms and conditions of this contract are those contained in this document and the Elmhurst College Catalogue, eBook and Academic Calendars that are in effect during the years of your enrollment.  All students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the College’s regulations, procedures, requirements and deadlines as described in official College publications. 

To read the complete Elmhurst College Statement of Responsibility click here.


Study Off-Campus and Abroad
Additional financial aid consideration may be given to students taking international or other off-campus courses.  For a January or Summer Term study abroad financial aid application, please see the Center for Professional Excellence. The appropriate application should be submitted as soon as academic plans are finalized. For consideration for need based loans, a FAFSA must be on file. Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Elmhurst College may be considered enrollment in Elmhurst College for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid. 


Veterans' Benefits

Elmhurst College participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, service-persons and their dependents. We encourage all persons who are potentially eligible for these benefits to apply. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or other agency, as appropriate, makes the final determination of eligibility. For more information on veteran eligibility for educational benefits, please visit the VA website.

Elmhurst College does not participate in the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard Grant (ING). IVG and ING are only available at Illinois public institutions.

All veterans new to Elmhurst College must complete the VA Education Benefits Enrollment form. For more information about enrollment certification for VA benefits at Elmhurst College, please contact the Veterans Certifying Official at (630) 617-3079 or Military Program Coordinator at (630) 617-5939. 

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits and Yellow Ribbon Program
Individuals who served at least 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001 (or 30 continuous days before a disability discharge) may be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. The following outlines the basic benefits of these programs, administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information see the VA's Education and Training website.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)
Eligible veterans may receive the following educational benefits (effective 8/1/17)
Tuition and Fees - VA will pay the claimant's benefits percentage up to a limit of $22,805.34 per academic year to the certifying school. The Yellow Ribbon Program may be utilized for eligible students who are at the 100% benefit level to pay for tuition and fees above the yearly cap.
Monthly Housing Allowance - paid to the student by the VA based on the Basic Allowance for Housing of the zip code in which the college is located. As of 8/1/17, the full monthly rate for Elmhurst College students is $1,956.00. Monthly housing allowances are prorated on the rate of pursuit rounded to the nearest multiple of 10. The rate of pursuit must be more than 50% for all veterans receiving Chapter 33 housing benefits. Students solely enrolled in distance learning will receive a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all basic housing allowances.
Stipends for books and supplies - Paid to the student. $41.67 per credit certified up to 24 credits or up to $1,000 per year.

Yellow Ribbon Program
The Post 9/11 GI Bill also includes a provision that a school may voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to pay some of the tuition and fees charges that are not covered under Chapter 33. Elmhurst College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and will accept an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon students. 
-the VA will match each additional dollar funded by the school.
-the combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the school's tuition and fees charged.

Elmhurst College and the VA will each contribute up to $11,000 per academic year. Only individuals entitled to the 100 percent benefit rate (based on service of 36 months or more) may receive funding from Yellow Ribbon. Elmhurst College students may not recevie both Yellow Ribbon grants and Elmhurst  College Grants. More information and updates to the program will be posted on the GI Bill website.

Additional information for veterans:

Elmhurst College Admission for Veterans 

Applying for VA Educational Benefits at Elmhurst College

Federal VA Education Benefits

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits 

College Scorecard

College Navigator


Students Convicted of Sale or Possession of Illegal Drugs
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid funds. Convictions only count against a student for aid eligibility purposes if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal Student Aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period, unless the student was denied federal benefits for drug trafficking by a federal or state judge. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The list below illustrates the period of ineligibility for Federal Student Aid funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses:

Possession of illegal drugs:
1st offense          1 year from date of conviction
2nd offense         2 years from date of conviction
3+ offenses         Indefinite period
Sale of illegal drugs:
1st offense          2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense         Indefinite period
A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passes two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after successfully completing a rehabilitation program, passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record.

Contact Us
You can send an email message to the Student Financial Services at You can also call Student Financial Services at (630) 617-3015. The office is located in Goebel Hall. Office hours are: Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. The office fax number is (630) 617-3487.

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