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 $150,000. 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 become complete the financial aid documentation after June 1 will be awarded based on the availability of funds.

New Students

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.

Returning 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.

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. Completing a CSS Profile is not required for first year students entering the College in Fall 2022 who attend 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.

See our faq section for additional details.