Financial Aid

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15
  • FAFSA: Feb. 1

Spring Transfer

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15
  • FAFSA: Nov. 15

Early Decision II

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 2
  • FAFSA: Feb. 1

Regular Decision

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Feb. 1
  • FAFSA: Feb. 1

Fall Transfer

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 2
  • FAFSA: Mar. 2

All supporting documents are due by March 1.

At Scripps, we understand that financing an education can be a confusing and sometimes daunting task. We are committed to working with families to best understand a student’s individual financial situation and will do our best to provide concise, timely information. You will find a wealth of information on the Office of Financial Aid website. We understand that families often have extenuating or complicated financial circumstances. Please feel free contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone at 909.621.8275 to discuss your specific situation.

Financial Aid Filing Checklist

To apply for need-based federal, state, and institutional financial aid, please complete the following steps by the appropriate deadlines.

Students interested in only receiving federal and state grant and loan assistance need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The CSS\Financial Aid PROFILE is required to be considered for Scripps College institutional grant assistance.

  1. Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE
    • Scripps College PROFILE code is #4693
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Scripps College FAFSA code is #001174
    • Do not complete it prior to January 1, as it uses the previous calendar year’s income
  3. Complete the CSS Business/Farm Supplement
    • For families who derive income from or negative income from self-employment, a business, or a farm
    • Parents with a business who file a tax return should submit the federal business tax return and all K1 forms
  4. Complete the CSS/Noncustodial PROFILE (must be completed online)
    • For parents who are divorced, separated, or were never married
    • Custodial parent should complete the PROFILE form and FAFSA
    • Non-custodial parent should complete the CSS/Noncustodial PROFILE
  5. Submit signed copies of all pages, schedules, and forms of the 2013 federal income tax return and W-2 forms

International students, please refer to the International page for more information about financial aid.

Types of Need-based Financial Aid

A need-based financial aid package at Scripps is likely to include a combination of grants, scholarships, employment, and low-interest loans. Nearly 60% of our students receive some form of need-based financial assistance.


Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Federal and state governments provide need-based grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Cal Grant for California residents. The deadline to apply for the Cal Grant is March 2. The amount of grant award depends entirely on the student’s demonstrated financial need, income and asset ceilings set annually by the California Student Aid Commission, and student grade point average. All California students applying for need-based financial aid are required to apply for the Cal Grant.In addition to state and federal grants, Scripps allocates a significant amount of institutional resources every year to offset the cost of attendance for students who qualify for financial aid.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scripps’s need-based scholarships are funded by the generous contributions of donors to Scripps. All Scripps students with demonstrated financial need are identified and matched with need-based scholarships by the Scripps Office of Advancement. If you are awarded a Scripps grant, you must fill out and return a Scholarship Recipient Form to the Office of Financial Aid to complete the process.


Work-Study programs offer students a double incentive: earning money to help meet college expenses, plus gaining valuable job experience. In the competitive job market, employers seek applicants who have work experience along with their education. Employment is available through the Federal Work-Study and Campus Employment Programs, and Scripps’s Career Planning & Resources Office assists eligible students in locating employment.


Loans are sources of funds which must be repaid, usually with interest. Loans are an invaluable resource for many students and their families to finance a college education. Loans allow students to postpone paying a portion of their educational costs until completing their education or leaving college. Loan repayment generally extends up to 10 years after graduation or leaving school. The funds are offered in the form of Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students (PLUS). At this time, interest rates on these loans range from 3.4 to 6.8%; neither principal nor interest on subsidized loans need be repaid until the student leaves Scripps or discontinues undergraduate study. A limited number of privately funded Scripps loans accrue no interest.

Cost of Attendance

The annual comprehensive fee for resident students for the 2013-2014 academic year is $59,570. It is composed of the following charges:

  • Tuition: $45,564
  • Room: $7,570
  • Board: $6,436 (16 meals/week, 160 Board plus dollars)
  • Total Annual Cost of Attendance: $59,570

Read more detailed information about tuition and fees.

Net Price Calculator

Scripps College has implemented a Net Price Calculator (NPC) to help students and their families make a more informed decision about college by providing an early estimate of financial aid eligibility and what they might have to pay. While the NPC results are not final or guarantees of financial aid, they do provide an estimate of out-of-pocket expenses. The calculator’s results are intended to help families make sound, informed education choices.

Merit-based Scholarships

Scripps College offers several merit-based scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. These scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated academic performance and school or community involvement.

All applicants to the College—with the exception of transfer applicants—are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Notification of scholarships takes place at the time of admission and the scholarships are renewable for each of the student’s four years at the College.

Approximately 34% of the students admitted to the Scripps Class of 2017 were awarded merit-based scholarships.

Questions about merit-based scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admission at 909.621.8149 or