Financial Aid

Financial Aid Summary

Each student has a unique financial situation when applying for financial aid. Below you will find a summary of the most common paths our students take to finance their Houghton education.

Employer Reimbursement

Many employers have a tuition reimbursement plan. Check with your employer to see if this benefit is offered. If so, forward a copy of your reimbursement policy to our Student Financial Services Advisor. Houghton College will provide all of the necessary documentation to enable students to receive the maximum available benefits. Many people are unaware that their employers offer this benefit, so we encourage you to ask!


Complete and submit the 2015–2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at using your 2014 federal tax information. The FAFSA is the first step in obtaining financial aid, including TAP and Pell Grants. See the Applying for Aid page for more information.

Payment Plan

Several payment plan options are available, including online payment by check or a monthly payment agreement. Contact our student financial services advisor to determine which plan works best for you and your specific financial situation.


There are many outside scholarships that are available for adult learners. Our recruiters and advisors can work with you to discover scholarship opportunities that you may qualify for, upon commitment to a Houghton program. We also encourage you to explore and research scholarship opportunities on your own and will assist you any way we can with the application process. Every little bit helps!

Directions for Master Promissory Note (MPN) & Entrance Counseling

 Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  1. Before you begin, please note that you must complete the process in a single session that will take approximately 30 minutes. Also, please be sure that you have your social security number, driver’s license number (if you have one), the names and addresses of two references, and your Federal Student Aid personal identification number (PIN).
  2. To begin, go to and on the Manage My Direct Loan page, select “Sign In." To sign in you will need your social security number, the first two characters of your last name, date of birth, and PIN.
  3. Select “Complete Master Promissory Note,” then select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized." Complete all four steps which will ask for your contact information, the college you plan on or are currently attending, and the contact information for two different references.
  4. You need to print a copy of the MPN for your personal records. However, this does not mean you are finished.  Minimize the “MPN” view and click on the “process” button.
Direct Loan Entrance Counseling
  1. Go to and select “Sign In."  To sign in you will need your social security number, the first two characters of your last name, date of birth, and PIN.
  2. Select “Complete Entrance Counseling,” and once again on the next page.
  3. Complete all four steps regarding Counseling Type, Guidelines, School Information and Counseling Session/Quiz.  

Financial Aid Checklist – View this information in a printable PDF format.


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