Domestic students can seek financial assistance from the following sources:

  • government-based aid includes grants, loans and work study from state and/or federal governments
  • institutional aid includes need-based grants from Lafayette College

Beginning on or after October 1 first-year applicant can apply for aid by visiting these secure websites to enter financial information for the student and both parents. Students who are applying for the Fall of 2024 must complete the 2024-2025 financial aid applications for the following:

Please Note:

  • Lafayette requires financial information from both parents. When a student’s parents are divorced, separated, or never married, the custodial parent must file the CSS Profile and FAFSA and the noncustodial parent must file the CSS Profile for the Noncustodial Parent. Both must submit 2022 federal tax returns along with all supporting schedules, statements and W-2s through IDOC. Business owners must also submit corporate/partnership tax returns.
  • If you are seeking only merit scholarships and are not intending to apply for need-based grants, loans, or work study consideration, you do not need to complete the CSS PROFILE or the FAFSA.
  • If you are seeking only federal loans and work study, the FAFSA is the only required application. Please send an email to to alert us that you are pursuing only federal financing options.
  • If your FAFSA is randomly selected by the federal government for a review process called verification, you may be asked to submit additional documentation. We will notify you if this is the case.
  • Financial aid applicants who submit all requirements by the specified deadlines and are accepted for admission under Early Decision or Regular Decision will view their financial aid eligibility letter (now called the College Financing Plan, or CFP) online at the same time the admission decisions are released on the applicant’s admission portal.
  • As a reminder, financial aid recipients must reapply for financial aid each academic year.
  • Lafayette College guarantees to meet the financial need of students admitted under Early Decision and Regular Decision who adhere to the deadlines.

Transfer Applicants


Recipients of Full Athletic Scholarships

  • Nov. 15: Early decision applicants submit FAFSA
  • Jan. 15: Regular and early decision II applicants submit FAFSA

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