Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial aid at Lawrence University, transfer students must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and submit all applicable documents listed below. Click here for options on how to submit documents

1. CSS Profile

  • Available: October 1 (the sooner you file, the sooner after your admission we can send you an aid award)
  • Website:
  • Lawrence University's CSS Profile code: 1398
  • Completion of the CSS Profile is required in order to be considered for Lawrence funded need-based aid
  • The fee to complete the Profile is $25 (the fee for each additional college is $16). Some families may qualify for a fee waiver based on income.


  • Available: October 1
  • Website:
  • Lawrence University's federal school code: 003856
  • Completion of the FAFSA is required in order to be considered for the following federal student aid:
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal SEOG
    • Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and/or unsubsidized)
    • Federal Work-Study

3. Parent Federal Tax Return

For Fall 2020 admission, submit a signed copy of your 2018 federal tax return. 

Submit a copy of Pages 1 & 2 of IRS Form 1040 and ALL schedules directly to the Lawrence Financial Aid Office
  • If applicable, include the following schedules
    • IRS Schedules 1, 2, 3, and/or 4
    • IRS Schedules A, C, E, and/or F
    • IRS Form 1065 (Partnership Income), 1120 (Corporation) and/or 1120S (S Corporation)

Options to submit documents.

4. Parent W-2 Form(s)

2018 W-2 Forms are requested to correspond with your 2018 federal tax return and the information reported on the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Options to submit documents. 


CSS Profile for the Noncustodial Parent

If your biological or adoptive parents are divorced, separated, or were never married: both will complete their own CSS Profile. Each parent will access the CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. The noncustodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing their information. We recommend that you and your custodial parent start the CSS Profile first.

Not sure who your custodial parent is? This nifty chart should help.

Instructions for the Noncustodial Parent

FAFSA Verification

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How to Submit Documents

Documents can be submitted to the Lawrence University Financial Aid Office in the following ways:

Option Instructions
Upload Lawrence uses LeapFILE secure file exchange.
Click here to upload your files securely.
Fax 920-832-6582

Financial Aid Office
Lawrence University
711 E Boldt Way SPC 32
Appleton, WI  54911

NOTE: Lawrence does not receive documents through the College Board IDOC service. Documents should be submitted to Lawrence using the options above.

Financial Aid Award Notification

If your financial aid application is complete by the priority date listed above, we will post your financial aid award to your status page within four weeks of your admissions decision.

Otherwise, if you miss your priority date above, we will post your financial aid award to your status page within four weeks of completing your financial aid application.

Please note: Lawrence University only sends financial aid awards to admitted students.

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