Financial Aid & Costs
Financial aid is an important part of the process and 90 percent of Linfield students receive financial assistance of some kind – either through scholarships, grants, loans or employment.
International Student Scholarships
Need-Based Financial Aid
The chart below is a breakout of fees for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please note: tuition is not charged during January Term, but rather a per credit fee of $219. Students typically take 4 or 5 credits, bringing the cost of courses to, on average, $876-1,095.
|Board (Plan A)**||$2,360**||$4,720**||$535**|
|Associated Student Body Fee||$130||$260||$30|
|Health Insurance (estimate)***||$823||$1,700|
|Books and Supplies ****||$375||$750|
|Total Estimated Costs
(including personal expenses)
* Room costs are based on a standard, double-occupancy residence hall room. Costs for other on-campus housing options vary.
** All students are assigned Meal Plan A, which provides for Unlimited Meals in Dillin Dining Hall (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends), and 125 Flex Dollars, good for purchase of food and beverage at the Wildcat Express in Dillin Dining Hall and Starbucks in Riley Campus Center. During January Term, students are assigned Meal Plan D, which provides for Unlimited Meals in Dillin Dining Hall and 30 Flex Dollars. Other meal plans are available.
***Health Insurance is required for all students. This may be waived if a student is covered by a parent or guardian’s insurance policy. Please check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for your student while in Oregon and at college. Students who wish to purchase health insurance for fall and spring semester will pay $823 per semester (for a total of $1,700 for the year). International students cannot waive insurance, regardless of coverage provided by a parent, guardian or home country insurance policy or program.
**** Figures for personal expenses and books and supplies are estimates and may vary depending upon transportation to and from campus, types of courses and books/supplies needed and other variables.
***** Total for January Term is based on a student taking 5 credits of coursework on the McMinnville campus.
Please note, these costs are for students taking courses on the McMinnville campus. Costs for students enrolled as full nursing majors at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland and through the Adult Degree Program may vary.
Linfield offers a number of renewable scholarships based on academic achievement. Eligibility begins at a 3.4 unweighted high school GPA. Other factors include board scores, either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT exam, and strength of schedule. For additional information regarding merit-based scholarships, consider our Scholarship Calculator.
Other awards may be based on merit, while others take financial need into consideration.
Competitive Scholarship Day
An additional option for qualified prospective freshmen is Competitive Scholarship Day. Invited students can participate with the opportunity to win up to three scholarships, ranging from $12,000 - $20,000, in each of 30 subject exams. Students must complete the application for admission, and Competitive Scholarship Day, by December 1.
Leadership and Service Scholarship
Admitted first-year students who have demonstrated high levels of leadership, initiative, and service to others through student government, school activities, community organizations, and religious or social service agencies can apply for these awards. Students may receive scholarships up to $6,000 per year and financial need may be considered as part of the awarding process. Recipients will be notified as part of their financial aid package. Students must complete the Leadership and Service Scholarship questions as part of Linfield's Common Application Member Questions by February 15.
Admitted transfer students with at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA will automatically be considered for transfer scholarships. No separate application is required and students will be eligible for the following awards:
3.25 - 3.69: $11,500
3.70 - 3.84: $13,500
3.85 - 4.00: $15,000
Transfer scholarships are renewable at the same dollar amount each year if the student meets the college’s academic standards for enrollment and applies for renewal in a timely manner.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Members of the Phi Theta Kappa (two-year college honor society) are eligible for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholarship up to $3,000. Consideration for the PTK scholarship is given to admitted transfer students. No separate application is required; however, please notify the Office of Admission or Financial Aid that the PTK membership is current.
The PTK scholarship is renewable each year at the same dollar amount if the student maintains a 3.0 Linfield cumulative GPA and applies for renewal in a timely manner.
Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield Scholarship
Students participating in the Chemeketa Scholars program at Chemeketa Community College will be considered for a Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield scholarship. The award is $15,000 annually and is renewable at the same dollar amount for two years of continuous enrollment at Linfield if the recipient maintains good academic standing and applies for renewal in a timely manner. Up to 10 Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield scholarships are available annually.
Consideration for the Chemeketa Scholars at Linfield scholarship is given to admitted transfer students. No separate application is required; however, the Office of Admission or the Office of Financial Aid will verify participation in the Chemeketa Scholars.
Financial StatementAll international applicants must also submit a Financial Statement, signed by a parent or other guarantor and accompanied by a recent bank statement. A personal letter from the parent or guarantor can substitute for the Financial Statement.
peerTransferTo streamline the payment process, Linfield College has partnered with peerTransfer. With peerTransfer, families are offered better foreign exchange rates, the opportunity (in most cases) to pay in the home currency and save money, as compared to fees charged by traditional banks. Families are also notified via email when the payment is received by Linfield.
Grants and Loans
Depending on your financial situation, you may receive grants (need-based award that aren’t repaid) or low-interest federally-backed loans, some of which do not start accruing interest until after you graduate. Any student who files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will qualify for federal student loans regardless of financial need.
Students completing an Early Action application (by November 15 for fall admission) can also complete the FAFSA4Caster, a free, online estimate to help students understand their options to pay for college. Students who wish to receive an early estimate of need-based financial aid from Linfield can complete the FAFSA4Caster, print the College Cost Worksheet (showing the estimated Expected Family Contribution - click here for an example), and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (503.883.2486) or mail (Office of Financial Aid, Linfield College, 900 SE Baker Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Please write or type the student's first and last name and Linfield ID or Social Security Number on the document. In order to receive an early estimate of need-based financial aid, please submit the FAFSA4Caster by December 15.
All students at Linfield will be offered the financial support to work on campus through Federal Work Study (need-based work opportunities) or Campus Employment (non-need-based work). Both funding sources provide students with approximately 10 hours a week at Oregon minimum wage over the course of the academic year. Students are not guaranteed a position on campus, and must apply for openings as listed on the Student Employment website.