Financial Aid

Throughout its 150-year history, Gustavus has worked successfully with families of all economic circumstances to make the Gustavus experience accessible and affordable.

A Gustavus education is an investment that delivers significant value. The College is distinctive for its focus on interdisciplinary, undergraduate, residential education, and renowned internationally for its annual Nobel Conference. Ours is a friendly, close-knit campus, where open dialogue is supported. Gustavus students are active, can-do people. Eighty percent graduate in four years. Upon graduation, the vast majority are employed or enrolled in graduate school. Because they received an education rooted in values, alumni are inspired to contribute to their communities and families. They make their lives count. 

The primary purpose of our financial aid program at Gustavus Adolphus College is to provide financial aid to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend Gustavus. We are here to guide you through the process of applying for or renewing your financial aid. We stand ready to help fill in the gap when family resources do not meet our costs. Financial aid, in various combinations of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment is available to help make it possible for you to be a Gustie.

The information in this site is provided to help students understand the financial aid process at Gustavus. You should always contact the Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions. You can submit your FAFSA as early as October 1. We encourage families to file the FAFSA and use the IRS data retrieval process to retrieve income information for the FAFSA.

Due to the FAFSA Simplification Act of 2020, there have been changes to the traditional FAFSA process. Learn more about applying for aid with the 2024-2025 FAFSA.

Federal School Code 002353

For information about federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid, visit

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