Timeline for Applying for Financial Aid
Students can begin filing financial aid applications on October 1, with the previous year's taxes (i.e. using 2019 taxes on the 2021-2022 FAFSA).
Apply for Financial Aid
It's helpful to complete the financial aid process as soon after October 1 as possible. (Note: the FAFSA cannot be completed until this date.)
If you are a U.S. citizen
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. The FAFSA may be submitted online beginning October 1 for the following term each year.
Please submit as soon as possible after October 1 in order to ensure priority consideration for financial aid award letters! While completing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import 2019 federal taxes for your parents and yourself into the FAFSA.
If you are a Canadian Citizen
Complete and submit the Canadian Student Financial Aid Application.
If you are an international student (non-Canadian)
Complete and submit the financial affidavit as part of the 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.
Receive Financial Aid Award Letter
Starting in October/November, we send out financial aid award letters to students. These letters detail 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 are encouraged to contact the financial aid office with questions.
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.
Ensure Your Aid is in Place
- Complete verification paperwork (you will be notified if selected)
- Confirm your federal loans by completing entrance counseling and a master promissory note (MPN).
- TAP application (for New York State residents)
- Submit church match scholarship form