The Office of Financial Aid is located on the McMinnville campus. The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to provide financial assistance for students to enroll at and graduate from Linfield University. Over ninety percent of the students attending Linfield receive some form of financial assistance. Seventy percent of the students attending receive financial assistance based on their financial need. Students at Linfield are eligible for financial aid regardless of race, sex, or marital status, in compliance with Title IX requirements. Athletic participation is not considered in the awarding of any financial aid.
Prospective students who complete the Linfield Application for Admission and are admitted to the university are considered for academic scholarships.
Students applying for need-based financial aid or federal loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at studentaid.gov, and release the results to Linfield by listing the Federal school code, 003198.
The FAFSA form collects information to determine and calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a dollar amount that is an evaluation and estimation of the family’s financial strength. The student’s EFC is subtracted from the student’s Cost of Living (COA) to determine the student’s “eligibility” for need-based financial aid. Linfield, the U.S. Government, and the State of Oregon all offer sources of financial aid that Linfield can award if the student meets the eligibility requirements. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for renewal of award. SAP is explained for each group of students under the appropriate tab at the top of this page.
OFFERS OF FINANCIAL AID AND DISBURSEMENTS
The Office of Financial Aid will send notification of financial aid offers to new students after the student has been admitted and all financial information has been received. Continuing students will be notified via email once their aid offer is prepared. Financial aid will be disbursed to the student account at the start of an academic semester as long as the student has completed all the necessary requirements and meets eligibility criteria for the award. Pell Grant awards are disbursed after the census date of each payment period.
FINANCIAL AID REFUND POLICY
Refunds for students who withdraw from Linfield before the end of a semester will be computed in accordance with the refund table presented in the appropriate section under Tuition, Fees, and Refund Policies in this catalog, if the student submitted all required documentation within the prescribed timelines (as set forth under Refund Policies for your program), and financial aid was applied to the student account. Failure to meet the requirements as set by Linfield may result in the refund table not reflecting the cash amount that will be returned to the student. Financial aid will be refunded to certain aid accounts from which it was drawn based on a prescribed Return of Title IV Funds policy. Students who withdraw are subject to the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. Students are responsible for paying Linfield if the withdrawals results in the student owing a balance on their Student Account.
RENEWABILITY OF AID
Each year students must submit new applications for financial aid to qualify for any assistance program. Currently enrolled McMinnville and OCE students requesting renewal of their scholarship, student employment, need-based aid, as well as federal student loans, will need to submit the Linfield Application for Financial Aid (LAFA) on Etrieve, as well as the FAFSA (or ORSAA) annually. Renewal depends on academic performance, the reestablishment of financial need, or both. Aid may be increased or decreased, depending on the annual financial need analysis and meeting prescribed priority dates. Aid may be withdrawn if a student fails to make Satisfactory Academic Progress, fails to report financial aid from sources outside Linfield University, owes a refund on a federal or state grant, or is in default on a student loan.
Priority dates are established by the Office of Financial Aid each year and students will need to meet these dates to ensure the best opportunity for renewal of scholarships and financial assistance.