Prospective Students: How to Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

Gettysburg College continues to honor a long-standing commitment to put the College within the financial reach of all students desiring to engage themselves in our dynamic community.

This commitment is recognized by Gettysburg's inclusion in the Princeton Review and USA Today's "Best Value Colleges" list as well as being named one of the "best values" among American private liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Bloomberg Businessweek listed Gettysburg College among its Fifty Affordable Colleges with the Best Return on Investment (ROI). The list included a wide variety of institutions, from large state institutions to engineering schools, as well as a few small, private liberal arts colleges like Gettysburg.

Required Financial Aid Application Forms & Deadlines

  • Early Decision I- November 15  
       CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
        file FAFSA after Jan 1 and before Feb 15
  • Early Decision II- January 15
        CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
  • Regular Decision- February 15
        CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
*Students who wish to apply solely for federal aid must submit the FAFSA. If students wish to be considered for Gettysburg College aid, they must also submit the PROFILE.

Gettysburg's Financial Aid Application Codes

  • The Gettysburg College Code for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is 2275.
          CSS Fin AID
  • The Gettysburg College federal school code for the FAFSA is 003268.

Information for Accepted and Enrolled Students

Once a student is accepted to Gettysburg or enrolls in the Class of 2018, they must submit the following items by mail, fax (717-337-8555) or e-mail ( to the Gettysburg College Office of Financial Aid to finalize their financial aid award.

DeadlinesApril 15 for Early Decision, May 1 for Regular Decision

Financial Aid awards are preliminary until all of the required documents are submitted. If there are significant changes in family or financial information from what was submitted on the FAFSA and PROFILE, the Office of Financial Aid will review a student’s award and determine if adjustments are necessary.

How is need-based financial aid calculated?

The FAFSA is used for consideration of all sources of federal aid eligibility. For institutional grants and loans the FAFSA, as well as the CSS PROFILE, is used in the financial aid analyses considering all sources of taxed and untaxed income as well as necessary family expenditures such as taxes, standard cost of living, and extraordinary medical expenses.

Other important variables include family size and the number of children enrolled in post-secondary education. The student's income and assets are also evaluated

Renewing Financial Aid

Current Gettysburg students must reapply for need-based financial aid each year by April 15. If family financial circumstances remain consistent, students can expect to receive a similar need-based financial aid award.

Continuing students must submit only the FAFSA. Students and parent(s) do not need to submit W-2 statements, copies of tax returns or the Gettysburg College Verification Worksheet (unless later requested to do so by the Office of Financial Aid as part of the Federal Financial Aid Verification process) .

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is not required for continuing students;academic merit scholarships are automatically renewed annually based upon academic performance at Gettysburg.

What if my family financial circumstances change?

When financial circumstances change, the Office of Financial Aid is available to help students and their families locate funding sources and understand the options available to them.

Advice may include educating a student regarding the financial aid process, recalculating a family's eligibility based on documented financial changes, or counseling a family regarding available loans and payment plans.

Gettysburg College will consider Income Reduction/Unusual Circumstances (download Income Reduction/Unusual Circumstances Form) at any time during the academic year as long as funds are available.

How do Gettysburg’s academic merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards work together?

Here are a few examples of how Gettysburg’s need-based financial aid awards may be affected if a student receives an academic merit scholarship.

Academic merit scholarships are renewable each year, provided students must maintain the following cumulative GPA requirements: 2.75 after their first year and 3.0 afterwards.

Example 1: Student is eligible for a $20,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $10,000 David Wills Scholarship.
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $10,000 David Wills Scholarship
  • $10,000 Gettysburg College Grant

Example 2: Student is eligible for a $10,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $15,000 Presidential Scholarship
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $15,000 Presidential Scholarship

Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.