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Step Two: Apply for financial aid

We know investing in a college education can be both complicated and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To help, our Office of Financial Aid offers a range of financial assistance.

Merit-based scholarships

After admission, all students are automatically considered for merit scholarships (based solely on your academic record – and not family income). No additional paperwork or applications are necessary. Interested in seeing if you’re eligible for a Linfield scholarship? Use our online scholarship calculator.

Need-based financial aid

If you’d like to be considered for need-based financial aid (such as Linfield and federal grants, as well as loan opportunities), you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Linfield’s McMinnville campus code is 003198. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify, give it a try – it is free, and will at least open up eligibility for federal student loans.

Private scholarships

If you have received outside scholarships, Linfield will appy them to your award without it negatively impacting your Linfield scholarship or Linfield grant aid. We recommend searching sources like FastWeb or speaking with your high school or college counselor about other local scholarship opportunities. Other resources are also available from Linfield's Office of Financial Aid.

Student employment

All Linfield students have the opportunity to seek employment on campus. While the number of jobs available varies from year to year, positions generally provide up to 10 hours of employment each week (for 30 weeks a year) at the current Oregon minimum wage. Jobs are not guaranteed for all students.

 

Tips about your financial aid award:

Once you receive your financial aid award folder, please read through it carefully:

Tip 1: There may be a request for additional information – please return that information as soon as possible, so you can receive a confirmed offer of financial aid.

Tip 2: There are many ways we can help families with paying the “bottom line.” Please consider the information regarding Federal Parent Loans and the no-interest payment plan through Tuition Management Services.

Tip 3: If you feel the FAFSA has not accurately captured changes in your financial or household situation, please contact the Office of Financial Aid with details regarding these changes.

 

Questions & Answers About Financial Aid at Linfield College

Do I need to file the FAFSA each year?

If you’re receiving any grant aid from Linfield, the federal government, or both, or if you’re receiving any federal student loans, you will need to continue to file the FAFSA each year for Linfield to determine continued eligibility.

How do I find out about eligibility for merit scholarships?

You can use the online scholarship calculator for an estimate. Otherwise, you will receive scholarship information from the Office of Financial Aid shortly after your admission.

Will my financial aid change from year to year?

Our goal is to renew your financial aid at the same level every year. However, if there are financial or household changes from the previous year (either positive or negative), certain types of financial aid are more likely to change than others. If you’re receiving any grant assistance from Linfield or the federal government, we encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid so you can be sure you’re receiving the most accurate information regarding the renewal of need-based financial aid.

How do I maintain eligibility for merit scholarships?

Students must maintain good standing at the college. That means completing 24 credits each year and maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to renew their merit scholarships (Faculty, Trustee, Transfer or Competitive Scholarship Day awards) from year to year.