Find all the important information you need to know regarding your financial aid here. 

Priority Dates

If all of your financial aid requirements are completed by the financial aid priority date, you will receive a financial aid notification by the date listed below.

*If you noticed a difference between the dates listed here and the dates on our print publications: the financial aid priority dates have been extended to be 7 days after the admission deadline (Nov. 8, Dec. 8, and Jan. 22). 

Admission Application Financial Aid Priority Date: Financial Aid Notification Date By:
Early Decision Nov. 8 Dec. 1
Early Action 1 Nov. 8 Jan. 15
Early Action 2 Dec. 8 Feb. 22
Regular Decision Jan. 22 Apr. 1
Transfer Rolling Basis Rolling Basis

Financial Aid Award Notification

We typically begin releasing financial aid offers in December. At that time, if your financial aid application is complete by the priority date listed above, we will post your financial aid offer by the financial aid notification date that corresponds to your application round. You will also receive a mailed financial aid packet that will include your financial aid offer.

If you miss your priority date, then we will post your financial aid offer to your status page within four weeks of completing your financial aid application.

Financial Aid Checklist

To apply for need-based financial aid at Lawrence University, you must complete all applicable requirements listed here:

1. Complete your FAFSA.
2. Complete your Supplemental Financial Aid Application.
3. Submit a Signed Copy of your Parents' Federal Tax Return.
4. If Applicable: Submit your Noncustodial Parent Information.
5. If Applicable: Complete Verification. 

You can find more details on each requirement below. 

1. Complete your FAFSA

  • Lawrence University's federal school code: 003856

  • Available: October 1

  • Completion of the FAFSA is required in order to be considered for the following federal student aid:

    • Federal Pell Grant

    • Federal SEOG

    • State Grants 

    • Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized)

    • Federal Work-Study

2. Complete your Supplemental Financial Aid Application

To apply for Lawrence need-based aid, please submit either the Lawrence Financial Aid Application OR the CSS Profile Application.


If you are not completing the CSS Profile for another college, complete this application (this application is shorter and at no cost).

  • Log in using your application for admission username and password.

  • Available: October 1

  • Cost: Free


Over 200 schools require the CSS Profile. If you’re applying to other colleges that require CSS Profile, then please save yourself the time and simply send your CSS Profile Application to Lawrence. 

  • Lawrence University's CSS Profile Code: 1398

  • Available: October 1

  • CostThe 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.

3. Submit a Signed Copy of your Parents' Federal Tax Return 

Reminder: FAFSA uses tax information from two years prior. 

  • Submit a signed copy of your federal tax return (Pages 1 & 2 of IRS Form 1040 and ALL schedules filed)
    • IRS Schedules 1, 2, 3

    • IRS Schedules A, C, E, and/or F

    • IRS Form 1065 (Partnership Income)

4. If Applicable: Submit Noncustodial Parent Information

Complete ONE of these forms below if your biological or adoptive parents are divorced, separated, or were never married and lives separately. 

The FAFSA and Supplemental Financial Aid Application are completed with the parent you lived with more during the last 12 months (this parent is your "custodial parent" when applying for financial aid). The other parent is the "noncustodial parent." If you need help determining who your custodial parent is, use this nifty chart should help.

Option A: Noncustodial Parent Financial Aid Form

Option B: Noncustodial Parent Form Waiver

If you have no contact with your noncustodial parent, please submit this form.

5. If Applicable: Complete Verification 

The Department of Education selects some students' FAFSA for verification to ensure the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, click here to see what the next steps are.