Financial Aid

Instructions for applying for financial aid are separated into two sections according to type of student.

Application Instructions for Traditional Day Students:

Prospective Students

Beginning in October, the Financial Aid Office will mail financial aid application instructions to all students who have APPLIED to the College. You must be accepted to the College before any financial aid is awarded. You do not need to be accepted to the College to begin the process of applying for financial aid.  For maximum consideration for need-based financial aid, apply by March 15, 2018.

Create an FSA ID
The first step to applying for federal student aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or the FAFSA®). Before you fill out your FAFSA watch this video to learn how to create an FSA ID―a username and password― that replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN.

You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign and submit your FAFSA, as well as to make any needed corrections later. And if you are a dependent student, your parent will need his or her own FSA ID, too.

Do not allow someone to create your FSA ID for you, and you should not create one for someone else. Not even for a family member. This can cause problems with your financial aid down the road.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The best way to complete the FAFSA is on the Web ( using your FSA ID.  The student and at least one parent will each need their own FSA ID.  If your family has not already done so, apply for your FSA IDs by going to the federal government's website
  • Elizabethtown College's Federal School Code is 003262.
  • To view a checklist of documents and information you will need to have on hand when completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA, please click here.
  • To view a list of FAFSA tips and common mistakes to avoid, please click here.

The Financial Aid Office will process applications and mail financial aid award letters beginning late October!

Returning Students

Beginning in February, the Financial Aid Office will mail financial aid application instructions to all returning students.  For maximum consideration for need-based financial aid, apply by April 1, 2018.

 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the FAFSA online at
  • Elizabethtown College's Federal School Code is 003262
Returning students will receive notification of their 2017-2018 need-based financial aid from June 1 through mid-July. 


Application Instructions for School of Continuing and Professional Studies Students:

If you are interested in applying for financial aid for the 2017-2018 academic year, please follow the instructions below.  The 2017-2018 academic year includes the Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 semesters. 

1.)    Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  If you are an undergraduate student, please complete the FAFSA by May 1st in order to apply for eligibility for the PHEAA State Grant Program. Apply online at  Elizabethtown College’s Federal School Code is 003262. 

RECOMMENDATION We encourage you to apply for your FSA ID beforehand. The FSA ID serves as a student's electronic signature.  Apply for your FSA ID online at

2.)    Complete and submit the Employer Educational Assistance Form.  Please follow this link to obtain and print out the form:   When you submit, please include a copy of your employer’s reimbursement policy if applicable.  The form can be returned via US mail, fax, or you can scan and email.  Our demographic information is located below. 


For your information, please note the following:

Federal Verification

If you are selected by the federal processor for verification, you will be required to complete additional documentation.  You will receive an email advising what specific documentation will be needed from you to complete verification. 

Federal Direct Loans

First-time borrowers will need to complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling.  This is completed at  You will need your FSA User ID and password to complete. 

Academic Standards

You must maintain certain qualitative and quantitative academic standards to remain eligible for federal financial aid.  The Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) policy can be viewed on our website at under “SAP Standards”.

Award Notification                                                                                                              

Once you have completed your application and enrolled in courses, a financial aid package will be assembled for you. First award notifications will be generated and mailed via US mail.  Since the Continuing and Professional Studies semester format is based upon Accelerated 5-Week Sessions, please review "Accelerated Courses & Financial Aid Eligibility" located here.


Please direct any questions to the Office of Financial Aid at (717) 361-1404 or email at

Elizabethtown College Financial Aid Office

One Alpha Drive

Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Phone: 717-361-1404 

Fax: 717-361-1514