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Earlham College

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Affordability Overview

From Earlham

We believe that an Earlham education should be accessible to all students, and we aim to make this belief a reality with generous financial aid.

More than 95 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial assistance. In fact, we award more than $29 million in aid each year.

We award scholarships based on merit—all students automatically receive a merit scholarship starting at $30,000—and special interests. Thanks to the generosity of alumni donors, we also administer our own grant funds.

Earlham also offers special scholarships and programs for local and Indiana students. The Heartland Scholarship is a $2,000 per year scholarship for students living within a 150 mile radius of campus. Finally, through the INspire Earlham Program, income-eligible Indiana students can now attend Earlham College tuition-free.

Cost and affordability at Earlham
INspire Earlham: Free tuition for income-eligible Indiana students

Scholarships Overview

From Earlham

We are committed to widening the path to an Earlham education, which includes offering scholarships based on merit, talent, special interests and more. Scholarship funds do not have to be paid back. Keep in mind that you must notify Earlham of any outside scholarships you are receiving from local, corporate or other sources outside of Earlham. Earlham-funded scholarships include, but are not limited to:

Visual and performing arts scholarships

Earlham offers annual scholarships ranging in amount from $1,000 to $2,500 per year for eligible students who major or minor in art, music or theatre arts.

Earlham also offers the Rariden Scholarship, a $5,000 annual scholarship, to one Indiana student entering Earlham who is interested in pursuing an area within the visual and performing arts.

Science scholarships

The Carleton B. Edwards chemistry scholarships (starting at $1,000 per year) are awarded to outstanding incoming students who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry.

The Earlham Science Scholars is a National Science Foundation funded program that provides scholarships (up to $10,000 per year), research opportunities, and other mentoring to academically talented Pell-eligible students planning to major in STEM.

Community Scholars Program

Earlham College has a long history of engaging students in service and social justice issues. The Community Scholars Program is a four-year, service-based scholarship program (scholarships range from $2,000-$5,000 annually) that provides a wide range of community engagement opportunities within the city of Richmond.

Quaker Fellows Scholarship

This scholarship of $2,500 per year (with an enhanced financial aid package) is available to those with an active interest and dedication to exploring Quaker thought and practice, spirituality, leadership development and community engagement for the duration of their time at Earlham.

Hometown Scholarships

Through a partnership with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Earlham is pleased to offer the Hometown Scholarship to students of Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce members. These scholarships are $1,000 per year.

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$64,527,
Sticker Price
Cost of Attendance
$22,195
Net Price
Cost of Attendance
$23,488
Median Debt
Cost of Attendance

Costs

Tuition
$49,323
Books & Supplies
$1,000
Room & Board
$11,854
Other
$2,350
Total
$64,527

The sticker price at Earlham is $64,527. This sticker price includes costs for tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and other miscellaneous expenses.


It’s also important to note that the cost of attendance can vary from year to year and typically it will rise over your four years in college. With that said, your financial aid will also be recalculated every year to take any price increases, as well as any changes in your financial situation, into account.

Colleges that Change Lives

Earlham is a member of the Colleges that Change Lives coalition. This is a coalition based on Loren Pope’s 1996 book about colleges that provide an education that is valuable beyond the numbers. There are many types of schools on this list, but the organization has vetted each school to ensure it is student-friendly, offering small classes and individual attention to each pupil. These schools also tend to take a holistic approach to admissions and demonstrate strong outcomes for their alumni. Schools on this list have all undergone a thorough review to ensure that they provide a quality education to their students.

Midwest Student Tuition Exchange

Earlham is in a state that participates in the Midwest Student Exchange. That means that if you are a resident of Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin, you may qualify for discounted tuition at Earlham. This program applies to both private and public institutions, although the discount at private institutions is lower. Check their website for more information on eligibility and what your discount would be.

Earlham College Financial Aid

Students who are applying for financial aid at Earlham College need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA).The FAFSA opens up on October 1st, and students should apply as soon as they can! The FAFSA uses financial information from the prior, prior year which means that you don’t need to wait for the year to end and can use last year’s financial information.


The FAFSA code for Earlham College is 001793.


If you are looking for more information on how to complete the FAFSA, check out our How to Complete the FAFSA Guide.

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Pell Grants at Earlham College

36% of students at Earlham College receive Pell Grants, which are awarded to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need (students who have a bachelor’s or professional degree are not eligible). Pell Grants are awarded by the federal government and do not need to be repaid. To apply for a Pell Grant, students will need to submit their FAFSA. If you are awarded a Pell Grant, you’ll see it listed in your financial aid award letter if you are accepted to Earlham College.


You can learn more about Pell Grant eligibility here.

Outside Scholarships

Earlham students can also apply for outside scholarships to fund their education. Outside scholarships are awards that are offered by private and non-profit organizations. If you want to see what outside scholarships you are eligible for, check out these resources:


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