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Applying for financial aid at Marietta College is easy!

A Marietta College education is the soundest investment you can make in your future. We are ready to help you navigate the process, explore the funding options and assist you in making the right choice for your investment.

Marietta College's Office of Student Financial Services is pleased to offer this guide to serve as your roadmap through the financial aid process. 

Financial Aid Timelines

First-Time Applicant Timeline
  • If you are planning to file online, apply for two PIN numbers-one for the student, one for a parent of the dependent student -
  • October 1
    The first day to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available online at
    • December 15
      FAFSA Priority Processing Deadline
  • Week of January 6
    Marietta begins mailing financial aid award packages to accepted students who have not previously attended Marietta College
  • June 1
    Deadline to make your college decision.
Returning Student Applicant Timeline
  • October 1
    The first day to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The renewal FAFSA is available online at (You will need your FSA ID).
  • January
    A letter explaining the re-application process is mailed to returning students.
  • March 1
    The priority deadline for submitting FAFSA results from returning students.
  • Early June
    Marietta begins mailing financial aid award packages to returning students.

Financial Aid Step-By-Step Guides

First-Time, Full-Time Student Applicants
  1. Be accepted to the College.
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Marietta on your application. Our FAFSA number is 003073. If you are transferring to Marietta and have already filed the FAFSA, make sure Marietta College is listed on it. Completing the FAFSA allows you to apply for all federal, state, and Marietta College financial aid programs.
  3. If you are asked to submit additional documents, send them as soon as possible.
  4. Return your completed Outside Scholarship/Award Form when you know you are receiving aid from sources not listed on your award letter. (It will be sent to you with your first financial aid award package, or you can download the PDF.)
Part-Time, Continuing Education, and Graduate Student Applicants
  1. Be fully accepted into a degree program.
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Marietta on your application. Our FAFSA number is 003073.
  3. If you are asked to submit additional documents, send them as soon as possible. Part-time and graduate students cannot be awarded until all documents have been submitted.
Returning Student Applicants
  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), being sure to list Marietta on your application. Our FAFSA number is 003073.
  2. If you are asked to submit additional documents, send them as soon as you can. Students who have previously attended Marietta College cannot be awarded financial aid until all required documents have been submitted.

Additional Information

Financial Aid Application Tips

Apply early and remember deadlines!  
Financial aid budgets are limited. Priority will be given to students who meet deadlines.

Keep a copy.  
It is unusual, but sometimes things get lost. If you keep a photocopy of everything you send to the IRS, the federal processing center, and the Office of Student Financial Services, you will save yourself work and frustration if we request additional documents.

Ask questions if you don't understand.  
During the busiest times in the office (spring and summer), electronic mail responses can be faster and more complete. Our address is

Read instructions and respond promptly.  
We try to keep the financial aid process as smooth as possible. If we ask you for something extra, it is because we need it to comply with regulations or to clarify something in your application. Accuracy and a quick response from you move the process along.

Follow through.  
Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make sure you finish your financial aid application. We will try to keep you up to date on your progress with reminders, but you are responsible for taking action.

Financial aid must be applied for every year. Our office will electronically send reminders in the Spring regarding the re-application process. (Electronic filers: keep track of your PIN.)

Additional Financial Aid Information

Additional information about financial aid is available at the following locations:

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)  
Provides general information about financial aid programs, access to financial aid publications, and links to their financial aid websites.

Financial Aid Information Page  
Possibly the most comprehensive financial aid site available on the Web, with information about all types of financial aid, links to financial aid applications and free scholarship searches.

Federal Student Aid  
Provides information about forms of federal financial aid.

FAFSA Verification - KHEAA

Marietta College has contracted with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to work with our students to verify their 2023-2024 FAFSA information. If you are selected for verification, you will receive an email from our office introducing you to KHEAA and will subsequently receive communication from KHEAA themselves. It is imperative to complete this process as soon as possible so we can complete your file and finalize your Offer of Financial Assistance. Returning students will not be awarded until verification is complete. You can set up a KHEAA account by going to

If you have any questions, you can also reach them by phone at 1-855-272-8771 or by email at


Incoming Freshmen must complete verification by July 1, 2023

Returning Students must complete verification by June 1, 2024

Note: The Department of Education will notify us if your FAFSA is rejected or requires additional documentation. Our office will inform you and ask you to review/update your FAFSA and/or provide other documentation. Please complete all the requested items as well to complete your file.

Unusual Circumstances

Undergraduate students who do not meet the federal criteria for independent status as outlined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) may be considered an Independent Student if their situation falls under an Unusual Circumstance.

Students who would normally be considered a Dependent Student, but are not able to provide parent information, may be considered an Independent Student if they fall under an Unusual Circumstance, such as:

  • Parental abandonment or estrangement from emotional, financial, and physical support
  • The student's contributing parent has died, and the other biological parent is still living, however the student has not had contact with or received any financial support from the living parent for a significant period of time
  • Abusive family situation, which has created an extreme hardship and may prevent the student from attending college
  • Parental abuse (drug, alcohol, physical, or emotional) where police or court involvement is on record
  • Student is a ward of the court, victim of a documented child abuse case, or is in the custody of DHS
  • Human trafficking, as described in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.)
  • Legally granted refugee or asylum status
  • Parental or student incarceration

Starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA® form, if the student indicates they have an Unusual Circumstance, they will be granted a Provisional Independent status upon submission of their FAFSA® form and will need to complete the 2024-25 Unusual Circumstance - Dependency Appeal form.

Students who complete this form and have their appeal approved will be granted Independent Student status and, as long as circumstances have not changed, this status will carry over to future academic years. 

Independent Students

Undergraduate students are normally considered dependent on their parents; however, sometimes a student will meet the federal criteria for independent status. If a student indicates that they meet one of the following criteria on the Personal Circumstance section of their FAFSA® form, they will be considered an Independent Student and will need to verify this status with Marietta College in order to process their financial aid:

  • Student is married as of the day they fill out their FAFSA® application
  • Student is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training
  • Student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Student has dependents who receive at least half of their support from the student, and who live with the student
  • Student became an orphan at any time after turning 13
  • Student became a ward of the court at any time after turning 13
  • Student was in foster care at any time after turning 13
  • Student is or was a legally emancipated minor
  • Student is or was in a legal guardianship with someone other than a parent or stepparent
  • At any time after July 1, 2023, student was unaccompanied and either 1) homeless, or 2) self-supporting and at risk of being homeless

Students who meet the above criteria must complete the 2024-25 Dependency Status Verification – Independent Student form and provide any necessary additional documentation.

Note: Undergraduate students born before January 1, 2001 are automatically considered independent due to age and do not need to complete the Dependency Status Verification form.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Marietta College admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender orientation, or religious affiliation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other college-administrated programs. If you have any questions regarding our non-discrimination policy, please contact Marietta College’s Office of Human Resources.