Financial Aid | Applying for Aid

We'll admit, applying for financial aid can be tricky. We're here to help. Follow the steps below and be sure to contact us with questions along the way.

Timeline for Applying for Financial Aid

Students can begin filing financial aid applications on October 1, with the previous year's taxes (e.g. using 2015 taxes on the 2017-2018 FAFSA).  Houghton's priority financial aid application deadline is March 1.  Estimated financial aid award letters are sent beginning in November. Final financial aid award letters will be sent beginning in March.  May 1 is when you’ll need to notify colleges whether or not you are accepting their offer of admission and financial aid. 

Step 1: Apply for Admission

In order to be considered for financial aid you need to be accepted to Houghton College. And to be accepted you need to apply.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

It's helpful to complete the financial aid process as soon after October 1, 2016 as possible. (Note: the FAFSA cannot be completed until this date.)

If you are a U.S. citizen

  1. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be sure to list Houghton' school code (002734). The FAFSA is the federal financial aid form that will determine your eligibility for various forms of financial aid, including federal, state, and institutional (Houghton College) financial aid.
  2. The FAFSA may be submitted online beginning October 1, 2016 at
  3. While completing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import 2015 federal taxes for your parents and yourself into the FAFSA. (For more information about the IRS DRT, click here.)

If you are a Canadian Citizen

  1. Complete and submit the Canadian Student Financial Aid Application.

If you are an international student (non-Canadian)

  1. Complete and submit the financial affidavit (page 2) as part of the pre-application process. The financial affidavit indicates where your financial support will come from to fund your studies at Houghton. Your support may come from your own personal funds or those of a family member or sponsor. Students who have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be considered for institutional aid.

Step 3: Receive Financial Aid Award Letter

Starting in November, we send out financial aid award letters to students. This details all the types of aid a student may receive, along with our costs for the upcoming year.

Once the award letter is received, students and parents may contact the financial aid office with questions.

Step 4: Make Admission Decision

Once the decision is made to attend Houghton, a $300 deposit must be made to confirm enrollment. This deposit is a payment toward your semester's tuition and will be deducted from your fall bill.

Step 5: Ensure Your Aid is in Place

  1. Complete verification paperwork (you will be notified if selected)
  2. Confirm your federal loans by completing entrance counseling and a master promissory note (MPN).
  3. TAP application (for New York State residents)
  4. Submit church match scholarship form
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