Early Financial Aid Estimate

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We understand that many families need to know how much financial aid they may receive before committing to F&M via Early Decision. We can provide you with an early estimate of the need-based financial aid for which you might qualify. This is an estimate only, not a guaranteed financial aid package. It also doesn’t guarantee or imply admission.

We will accept requests for early financial aid estimates beginning August 15, 2024.

In the meantime, we encourage you to use our Net Price Calculator (NPC) or MyinTuition. Both are convenient tools that will take you no more than 20 minutes to estimate your eligibility for need-based financial aid and your out-of-pocket expenses at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M).

What's Required to Receive an Early Estimate

After you submit your request,  you will receive an email with instructions for the submission of applications and documents required for the Early Estimate. All these items must be submitted by:

Early Decision 1: November 4, 2024

Early Decision 2: January 6, 2025

You will need:

1. Your F&M admission application

Your first step is to submit your F&M application. If you are sure F&M is the right school for you regardless of your early estimate, go ahead and apply Early Decision (ED)! If you are using the early estimate to evaluate whether F&M will be the right option for you, apply Regular Decision (RD). Once you receive your early estimate and you decide to change your admission application from RD to ED, email admission@fandm.edu and the Office of Admission will update your application in our system to ED and provide you with the Early Decision agreement to be signed by you, your parents, and your school counselor.

Learn how to apply to F&M

2. Your financial aid application

Your second step is to complete your CSS Profile (Fall 2024/Spring 2025). If your parents are divorced or separated, both biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile application. Each parent will access their CSS Profile with different College Board login credentials.

Learn how to apply for financial aid

3. 2023 Federal Tax Documents

You will need to upload all tax documents using the College Board's document uploading service called IDOC. You'll need to submit:

  • 2023 1040 (signed)
  • All 2023 W-2s
  • All personal and business schedules as well as business schedules for S-Corporations (i.e.  Form 1120-S, Form 1065, Schedule K-1s, Schedules C and E).