Other Policies

Elmhurst College adheres to the following additional policies with respect to financial aid.

Rights and Responsibilities

By registering for courses at Elmhurst College, you 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 2019-2020 Elmhurst College Catalog2019-2020 Elmhurst College Student Handbook 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.

Part-Time Enrollment

Students who are enrolled between 6 and 11 credit hours per term will be charged per credit hour and therefore have lower tuition charges. Please note that students must be enrolled full-time in order to maintain eligibility for Elmhurst College scholarship and grants. Additionally, students who are enrolled less than full-time may have their federal aid prorated based on their rate of pursuit.


Limited federal loans and Pell grants may be available during the Summer Term. The Summer Financial Aid Application is available in the Office of Student Financial Services beginning in April.

Study Abroad

Additional financial aid consideration may be offered to students taking international/study-abroad courses. A student’s enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Elmhurst College may be considered enrollment at Elmhurst College for the purpose of applying for assistance under federal student aid programs. For more information, please contact the Office of International Education in the Weigand Center for Professional Excellence at (630) 617-3079.

Special Circumstances

If your family has extenuating circumstances that you would like us to consider in awarding aid—for instance, a job loss or serious illness—please submit the special circumstances form to the Office of Student Financial Services by emailing sfs@elmhurst.edu.

Taxes and Financial Aid

In accordance with the Tax Reform Act of 1986, scholarships and grants received during a specific calendar year that exceed qualified educational expenses are considered taxable income. In these cases, taxes are not withheld from the scholarship or grant funding, so you may be responsible for paying the appropriate taxes upon filing your tax return.

We provide some preliminary information for you here to help you get started, but it is important for you to consult with your tax preparer and carefully review the information available on the IRS website (including IRS Publication 970). This helpful IRS publication provides definitions, exceptions, a worksheet, and other important considerations.

When calculating your tax liability, you may calculate any general scholarship or grant aid as first applying to qualified educational expenses (i.e., tuition, mandatory fees, and required books and supplies). Student loans and work-study are not subject to these tax requirements and should not be included in your calculation. Federal Work-Study awards are not subject to Social Security Tax (F.I.C.A.) withholding during periods of enrollment. Please note that tax laws are subject to change.

You should carefully review and maintain your records, including invoice and award information. If you no longer have copies of your award information for the calendar year you are researching, you can access your award information online via BlueNet.

Beyond your tax liabilities, there may be tax benefits you may want to consider as well. The Office of Student Financial Services does not offer income tax counseling of any kind. Questions on income tax liability, filing status, reporting income and tax treaties should be addressed to the United States Internal Revenue Service.

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