The Lawrence Advantage meets the full demonstrated institutional need of students from Wisconsin and Illinois. 

As part of our pledge to make a selective liberal arts education possible for students from all backgrounds, we are excited to introduce the Lawrence Advantage. Born from the desire for families to know they have us as partners in investing in their student’s education and fueled by our generous alumni, the Lawrence Advantage will fully meet the demonstrated institutional need of students from Wisconsin and Illinois – our top two states represented among Lawrence’s incoming students.

Improving the Path for Wisconsin and Illinois Students

Institutional need is based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supplemental financial aid materials. After a family’s institutional need is determined, Lawrence offers scholarships, grants, federal loans, and student employment that, on average, meets 90% to 95% of their need. The Lawrence Advantage will meet any remaining need with a supplemental grant for a student from Wisconsin or Illinois for all four years of the college experience (or five years for students in the BA/BMus double degree program).


Must be a Wisconsin or Illinois resident admitted as a first-year or transfer student for Fall 2023 or thereafter.

What does the Lawrence Advantage cover? 

The Lawrence Advantage will fully meet the student’s “Institutional Need.” Institutional Need is the difference between the student’s Cost of Attendance and the student’s Institutional Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Lawrence will meet the student’s Institutional Need with scholarships, federal student loans, student employment, and grants. 

How do I apply to Lawrence?

Details for applying to Lawrence can be found here.

Where can I learn about financial aid?

Details on financial aid and other related resources can be found here


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