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Information for New Students

The Financial Aid Office is here to assist you with the financial aid process.  We want you to join our Linfield community to experience the “Power of a Small College!”  You may be surprised that the price of a private education is possible with the assistance of financial aid. Use this site to:

  • Learn about your financial aid options
  • Learn about the financial aid process at Linfield
  • Check application instructions and deadlines
  • Review the Cost of Attendance
  • Download and print forms
  • If you have extenuating circumstances our office may be able to consider your special circumstances that you are unable to report on the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Review our 2015-2016 Request for Special Circumstances form, if there is an extenuating circumstance that is not listed, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at Linfield College for assistance

Financial aid information for Linfield College is also available in the College Catalog.  The Financial Aid information in the Catalog covers scholarships, grants, the federal work-study program, campus employment, student and parent loans, and requirements to be eligible and maintain eligibility for financial aid at Linfield.  You will also find additional information about these financial aid programs on our site by navigating our Financial Aid Menu, such as Linfield Scholarships and Grants, TEACH Grant, Non-Linfield Sponsored Scholarships, Financial Aid and Scholarship Links, and Student and Parent Loans, federal and private loans.  Below you will find information about the Process to Receive Financial Aid and the Verification process.

Process to Receive Financial Aid for 2015-2016

  • As soon after January 1, 2015 as possible complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    • To sign the FAFSA electronically you will need to use your FSA ID (PIN Replacement): create or edit your FSA ID.  If your parent's information is required for your FAFSA, at least one parent must sign your FAFSA, for parents signing the FAFSA electronically they too will need their own FSA ID (PIN Replacement): create or edit FSA ID.
  • Complete your Linfield College award letter, called Certification and Award Acceptance Letter, which is sent to you via regular mail from the Office of Financial Aid at Linfield College in your Award Folder
  • Submit all documents/forms requested by the Office of Financial Aid in your Award Folder to complete your financial aid file (Example: Verification Worksheet, federal tax documents, etc.)  Scroll down for Verification process
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid of all outside resources you will receive, such as private scholarships (Name and Amount) to
  • If you accept the Federal Work-Study or Campus Employment Program offered to you on your award letter and intend to work at Linfield you have additional steps required:
    • If you are accepting Federal Work-Study or Campus Employment, work programs, you must apply for a job, be hired and complete employment paper work with the Human Resource Office before you may work. Linfield does not guarantee students a job. Job openings are listed within the student portal hosted by Linfield's Career Development and Human Resources offices called Cat Connect, which requires the student to obtain their CatNet ID.  This portal and more student employment information can be found on Linfield’s website on the Human Resources page under Student Employment
  • Additional steps are required for student and/or parent loans:
    • If you, the student, accept a Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) on your award letter, and intend to borrow these loans you MUST complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with your Federal Student Aid (FSA) Username and Password as your signature and if you have never received a Federal Direct Stafford Loan before you MUST complete Entrance Counseling online
    • If the dependent undergraduate student's parent intends to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan on your behalf, they must complete and submit the Linfield Parent PLUS Loan Request Form, available under “Financial Aid Forms”, to the Office of Financial Aid at Linfield College in order to process this loan.  Below is some additional information your parent will need to help them through our Parent PLUS Loan process at Linfield:
      • Parent:  Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn about the maximum you may borrow on behalf of your dependent student.  You may need this figure from our office in order to complete the Linfield Parent PLUS Loan Request form.  Generally, the maximum amount the parent may borrow in the annual Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan is calculated by subtracting all financial aid from the cost of attendance at Linfield, the difference is the maximum the parent can request
      • Parent:  Once our office receives your Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Request form from you, our office will complete the credit check process on the federal website:
        • Upon approval, the parent will need to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at, parents may electronically sign their MPN with their Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The Office of Financial Aid will prepare the loan funds for disbursement to the student’s account
        • If the credit check result is declined, due to the presence of adverse credit history, the parent has several options, such as challenging the credit report, obtaining an endorser/co-borrower, do nothing, or notify the Office of Financial Aid that you will not be pursuing any of these options and would like your dependent student to be eligible to borrow the additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.  For annual Federal Direct Stafford Loan limits for students in this category review our Federal Direct Stafford Loan page
          • Effective March 29, 2015 for parents who have adverse credit history and in situations where a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan borrower’s credit decision is declined, and they either obtain an endorser or gain approval to overturn the credit decision via documenting their existence of extenuating circumstances, PLUS Loan Counseling is required
  • Financial aid will be disbursed electronically for eligible students at the beginning of each semester (Fall and Spring) onto their student account.  Although, Federal Pell Grant funds will not be disbursed until after the census date of each semester.  Students can view their student account transactions on WebAdvisor under the Financial Profile tab, click on "Financial Statement."  Students attending on a full-time basis are required to be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester to be eligible for Linfield scholarships, grants and federal student aid


If you have been selected for the process of Verification this means the federal government is requesting that we compare the information you submitted on your FAFSA with specific required documentation you submit to Linfield's Office of Financial Aid.  Our office will be notified from the federal government as to which FAFSA information we are required to verify on your behalf.  Our office will notify you which documents are required to be submitted to our office in your Financial Aid Award packet.  We will continue to send the student reminders to their Linfield email account about documentation required until they are satisfied.  View Linfield Financial Aid Forms on our Financial Aid Menu.  You will need to download and print these PDF forms required. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view them. Fill them out completely and don’t forget your signature and submit them to the Office of Financial Aid at Linfield.  The Office of Financial Aid will verify the accuracy of the completed FAFSA with the required documentation, and if there are any differences Linfield will submit corrections back into the federal processor and the student will receive an updated FAFSA reflecting the corrections. Below are the following items that Linfield may be required to verify, this list is not all inclusive, as Linfield must resolve any conflicting information:

  • Adjusted gross income (AGI) 
  • U.S. income tax paid 
  • Education credits 
  • Untaxed portions of IRA distributions 
  • Untaxed portions of pensions 
  • IRA deductions and payments 
  • Tax exempt interest income 
  • Income earned from work 
  • Number of household members 
  • Number in college 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) 
  • Child support paid 
  • High school completion status 
  • Identity/statement of educational purpose 
  • Other untaxed income:
    • Payments to tax-deferred pension and savings 
    • Child support received 
    • Housing, food and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy and others 
    • Veterans noneducation benefits 
    • Other untaxed income 
    • Money received or paid on the student’s behalf
For 2014 federal tax filers, we recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process within your FAFSA on the Web.  Alternately, if you are unable to utilize the IRS DRT, you may obtain a copy of your 2014 IRS Tax Return Transcript PDF from the IRS at   Another method to obtain your IRS Tax Return Transcript is to call the IRS toll free at 1-800-908-9946 to order one to be mailed to you.  Visit the IRS for other federal tax forms.

For 2014 nonfederal tax filers and 2014 federal tax filers that have earned income we are required to collect copies of your 2014 W-2 Statements.  If the student is married, we also must collect 2014 W-2 Statements for your spouse, or if you are Dependent on your FAFSA, we must collect 2014 W-2 Statements for your parent(s). 

Instructions for transferring your federal IRS tax information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within your FAFSA on the Web (FOTW):

  • Login to FOTW at 
  • Once you are in your FOTW, select that you are making corrections – “Make FAFSA Corrections” 
  • Navigate to the “Financial Information” tab, as you will want to correct the FAFSA question regarding your IRS income tax completion from “I will file...” to “I have already completed my return” and by changing your answer FOTW will initiate the IRS Data Retrieval Tool process for you to complete 
  • Follow the instructions provided within FOTW and the IRS sites. You can choose to transfer your information into the FAFSA, if you’re eligible to do so, once you have provided the IRS with your tax filing status and address and the IRS matches your information up with their records 
  • After you complete the IRS Data Retrieval steps within the IRS, navigate back into your FOTW and review the corrections you are about to submit to the federal processor 
  • Sign your FOTW with your PIN, and submit the corrections. Be sure to receive your confirmation number for your records 
  • Your corrections will be electronically submitted to Linfield, if you have provided Linfield’s federal school code of 003198 on your FAFSA

Your Verification documents may be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid in the following ways:

            Linfield College, Office of Financial Aid Unit A484
            900 SE Baker Street
            McMinnville OR 97128