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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
Financial Aid Application Checklist
Early Estimate
Financial Aid Awards
Verification
Income Tax Transcript Information
Special Student Circumstances
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 detemine eligiblity for federal, state and college sponsored financial aid.

The FAFSA can be filed online at www.fafsa.gov . Students may file the FAFSA after January 1 for the following academic year. It is recommended that the FAFSA be filed by February 15. The FAFSA must be filed each academic year. Both the student and one parent will need a PIN number to file the FAFSA online. Apply for a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov 

There are eligiblity requirements to receive federal financial aid.

Information needed for the FAFSA includes: federal income tax information from 2013 (if applying for the 2014–15 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 recommeded that completed income tax forms be used to complete the FAFSA.

The Elmhurst College school code for the FAFSA is 001676.

A FAFSA on the web worksheet is available online  This worksheet lists many of the questions contained on the FAFSA. Printing out and completing the FAFSA worksheet is a good way to eliminate mistakes when filing the FAFSA. In addition, much helpful information about filing can be found on the FAFSA web site  Students or parents can also call the FAFSA help line at 1-800-433-3243.

For additional information, please view the online tutorials Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA 2014-2015 and The FAFSA Overview.

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Financial Aid Application Checklist
Use this checklist to make sure that you complete all steps in the Financial Aid application process in a timely fashion and do not miss any deadlines.

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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 eligiblity and calculates estimated payments.

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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 reults of the student's FAFSA and the student's academic record. 

New student award notices are mailed out starting in early March. Continuing students will receive an email notifying them to check BlueNet to view their award notice online after April 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.

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Verification
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 recieve a written or email request for information from the Office of Financial Aid 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.  
                                    OR
2. Submit a 2013 IRS Tax Return Transcript 

For assistance with this process, please review our step by step guide IRS Data Retrieval Tool and Federal Tax Retrun Transcripts 

In addition, a short instructional video on the process of FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval is available here.

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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 Financial Aid. The student should complete a Special Circumstances form and submit it to the Office fo Financial Aid for consideration.

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Study Off-Campus and Abroad
Additional financial aid consideration may be given to students taking international or other off-campus courses. For term-length study abroad, a student should submit a financial aid application for semester study abroad to the Office of Student Financial Services. 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. 

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Veterans' Benefits
Elmhurst College participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, servicepersons 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 eligibilty. For more information on veteran eligibility for educational benefits, please visit the VA web site.

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.

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)
Eligible veterans may receive the following educational benefits (effective 8/1/14)
Tuition and Fees- VA will pay the claimant's benefits percentage up to a limit of $20,235.05 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 by the VA based on the Basic Allowance for Housing of the zip code in which the college is located. 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-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. There are an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon spots available at Elmhurst College.
-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.

Only individuals entitled to the 100 percent benefit rate (based on service of 36 months or more) may receive funding from Yellow Ribbon. More information and updates to the program will be posted on the GI Bill website. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Additional information for veterans:

Applying for VA Educational Benefits at Elmhurst College

Federal VA Benefits booklet

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits booklet

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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 him 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 sfs@elmhurst.edu. You can also call Student Financial Services at (630) 617-3015. The office is located in Goebel Hall. Our office hours are: Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   The office fax number is (630) 617-3487.

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