Reapplying for Financial Aid

The most important thing for returning students to remember is that you must reapply for financial aid each year you attend St. Olaf. The priority deadline for returning student is April 30th. If you meet the April financial aid priority deadline, you can expect to receive your next year’s aid award notification in May or June.

Filing for Financial Aid

  • Step 1:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more info, click here.
    • You must complete a FAFSA every year that you wish to be considered for need-based aid.
    • The FAFSA can be completed any time after October 1st.


Note: You do not need to complete the CSS Profile after your first year at St. Olaf College. Also, you do not need to send us copies of your or your parents’ federal tax returns unless we request them from you.

A common question that students ask is: Do I need to file a tax return because of my work study or summer earnings? Here is an online resource from the IRS that can help answer that question.


The Financial Aid Office and many other offices on campus have compiled a list of funding sources on campus: Funding Sources for St. Olaf students

Please see the above document for information about the Emergency Fund, funding for internships/research, student employment and off-campus study.