Lafayette guarantees to meet the full demonstrated financial need of our students as long as they meet the filing deadlines.

We are also among a small number of top colleges and universities dedicated to eliminating or lowering the loan burden of students from families with incomes under $200,000 starting with the class of 2028. (For more information about this initiative this class and previous classes, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions) The financial aid staff is always available for virtual or phone appointments with students and their families. The privacy and confidentiality of the information you provide is important to us, so please include and be prepared to provide identifying information when contacting our office or submitting any documents.

Financial Aid Application Late Policy

Early Decision and Regular Decision Applicants:  New applicants who do not complete their financial aid files by the stated deadlines for new students will continue to be processed in the order they are received. However, Lafayette does not release admission decisions for candidates who have requested financial aid, but have not shared the necessary information to complete their financial aid application(s).

Returning Students: Current students who complete the financial aid application process after June 1 will be awarded based on the availability of funds.

First-Time Applicants: Returning students who have not previously applied for or received need-based aid may apply; however awards will be determined based on demonstrated need and the availability of funds after previously awarded students have received their financial aid notifications.

Learn More About Applying for Aid

Applying for financial aid for the first time can be a daunting process. We’ll walk you through the steps. The financial aid staff is always available to answer your questions and help you every step of the way.

First-Year Domestic Students

first-year international students


Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. Each year we take into consideration any changes in your family’s circumstances as well as changes in Lafayette’s costs.

Returning Domestic and International Students


The CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is a financial aid application used for determining demonstrated need for institutional need-based grants and is a secondary form to FAFSA. The CSS Profile provides colleges and universities with a deeper and more precise look at an applicant’s financial background, important when awarding finite institutional resources.

Beginning with students entering the College in Fall 2022, completing a CSS Profile may not be required for those who attended high schools designated as high-poverty (>=75% of the high school’s students receiving free and reduced lunch). These students are exempt from submitting it for the remainder of their time at Lafayette.

Fall 2024 Early Decision Applicants: Due to the late release of the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is required for Lafayette to render a financial aid decision. Therefore, all Early Decision applicants for Fall 2024, regardless of their economic status, are required to submit the CSS Profile and provide the required supporting documentation to IDOC. Students who choose to enroll and attend Lafayette may be reassessed in the future to determine if they need to submit the CSS Profile and IDOC in subsequent years.