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Prospective Students

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 1

St. John’s College offers both need- and merit-based financial aid for prospective freshmen. In addition to merit-based scholarships and need-based aid, St. John’s also provides students the opportunity to work on campus through our Campus Employment Program. Positions are limited and require eligibility for Federal Work-Study or International Work-Study.

St. John’s offers students the Net Price Calculator as a guide for early financial preparation for college. Please note these tools are for estimates only. The actual award package will vary depending upon the time of year, regulatory and institutional policy changes, availability of funds as well as verifiable financial information.

How to Apply for Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for students in the United States to be considered for institutional grant aid and federal financial assistance. Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid at St. John’s College. It is important to observe the deadlines. See the financial aid timeline below for guidance and deadlines for applying to the college and applying for financial aid.

According to federal guidelines, all students who wish to receive Title IV aid must now have a high school diploma, a recognized equivalent (e.g., GED), or meet the home school requirements. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about your eligibility.


The CSS Profile is available for international students who want to be considered for financial aid. St. John’s requires all students to apply online through the College Board website. When completing your CSS Profile, please report financial information in your home country currency as of the date you are filing the application. Please see the table below for a list of dates and deadlines. Please note that all those who wish to apply for financial aid must do so by our priority deadline of February 1.

Priority Submission Process

Priority Submission Dates
Application Options Admissions Application & Supporting Materials FAFSA CSS profile
Early Decision November 1 November 1 November 1
Early Action November 15 November 15 November 15
Regular Decision January 15 January 15 January 15
Rolling Admission Ongoing February 1 February 1

Step 1: Applying for Financial Aid at St. John’s College (U.S. Students Only)

  1. The student and parent will each need a FSA ID to apply online for financial aid. The FSA ID will also be needed to complete and sign the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Notes for loans. The same FSA ID will be used every year to apply for aid. (January Freshmen in Santa Fe must apply as soon as they are accepted). 
    Apply for a FSA ID
  2. Complete the Free Application Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the Federal Processor with your FSA ID (student and parent). FAFSA code is 002092 (Annapolis) or 002093 (Santa Fe).
  3. Once accepted to St. John’s College, the Financial Aid Office will use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for Federal and Institutional Aid. A financial aid award letter will be sent for you to review, accept, or decline. Sign, date, and return the letter to the Financial Aid Office.

Step 2: Verification (if selected)

  1. The request for additional documents needed from the student is done at the time the financial aid award letter is sent. Some of these forms can be printed from the St. John’s website under Forms and Resources.
  2. Other required documents may include your prior year IRS Tax transcript (which you must order) and W2s for the student/spouse and parent(s).
  3. All verification documents are to be returned to the Financial Aid Office via fax at 410-626-2885 for Annapolis and 505-984-6164 for Santa Fe, mailed to the college, or scanned and forwarded to the office via email.

Step 3: Loan Processing

Students and parents interested in applying for educational loans listed on the award notice need to complete the online Master Promissory Note (MPN). Entrance Counseling is also required and should be completed at the same time.

Step 4: Disbursement of Funds

Your financial aid file must be complete for your financial aid funds to be credited to your student account.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Deadlines for New Students

Date Actions
October 1 FAFSA available online at:
November 1 Early Decision deadline for freshman admission
November 15 Early Action deadline for freshman admission
January 15 Regular Decision deadline for freshman admission
January 15
Regular Admission on a rolling basis
All admitted applicants will receive an official financial aid award letter from the college containing information on their grant, scholarship, loan, and work-study package after the FAFSA and all other required documentation has been submitted and processed.
February 1 Priority deadline for submission of financial aid application materials (We highly recommend submitting your financial aid application by the priority deadline of February 1, but St. John’s continues to accept financial aid applications until May 1)
March 1 Deadline for submission of FAFSA for Maryland Residents for state grant consideration
May 1 Enrollment deposits due for freshmen
Reminder: Apply for student and parent loans
June Fall bills available on student portal
August 1 Fall payment due to Business Office
December 1 Spring payment due to Business Office