Below is the guide to applying for need-based aid. 

Domestic Applicants
Award Criteria

Financial aid funds are limited. To guarantee fairness in awarding institutional funds, Sewanee considers two factors when allocating institutional need-based aid:

  1. A student must have need-based aid eligibility, computed on the basis of family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile.
  2. Priority consideration is given to first year students with a complete, and actionable, application on file by their admission deadline. Current students receive priority consideration with a complete and actionable application by January 1

It is important to understand that the responsibility for financing the cost of a higher education must be primarily assumed by students and/or their families to the extent of their ability. To this end, aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid are awarded on the basis of calculated need-based eligibility. Need-based awards are considered to supplement, not replace, the expected family contribution.

To be considered for need-based aid, families must submit both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. More information may be found at the following websites: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile

Federal Student Aid

Students wishing to apply for only federal student aid funds must submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA opens Oct. 1, each year. Sewanee's school code for FAFSA is 003534.

Institutional Need-Based Aid

First-time need-based aid applicants must submit the CSS Profile. The Profile opens October 1 each year. Sewanee's school code for the Profile is 1842. Sewanee does not subscribe to the Profile's IDOC service nor are we able to provide CSS Profile fee waivers. Any additional required documents are submitted through our secure portal after receipt of the FAFSA.

Tuition Exchange

The University participates in both the national Tuition Exchange (TE) Program, involving schools throughout the United States, and in the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) tuition exchange program, involving most ACS member schools. These undergraduate programs provide the opportunity for dependent children of University employees to receive tuition scholarships at other participating institutions. Being awarded TE and ACS is competitive and not guaranteed. Prospective students who have this benefit are reviewed during the application process beginning with Early Decision. Each year Sewanee receives admission applications from 40 students who have this benefit and there are 6 spaces. Admissible students are selected and a waitlist is created for remaining spots until all 6 spaces are filled. 

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