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How to Apply for Financial Aid


Office of Student Financial Services

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


800-678-KNOX (Toll Free)

309-341-7453 (Fax)


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Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens can apply for need-based financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

NOTE: If you are an international student, please refer to the instructions about applying for Financial Aid for International Students. Undocumented students residing in the United States should complete the  Financial Aid Application for Students Ineligible for Federal Financial Aid (PDF). 

When to Apply

We recommend you submit the FAFSA prior to the dates below to ensure your financial aid award is sent in a timely manner. The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available in December 2023.

First Year Students Apply By Award By Enroll By
Early Decision Nov 1 Dec 1 Dec 15
Early Action I Nov 1 Jan 15 May 1
Early Action II Dec 1 Feb 15 May 1
Regular Decision Jan 15 April 1 May 1
Transfer Students Apply By Award By Enroll By
Fall Term April 1 May 1 June 1
Winter Term Nov 1 Nov 15 Dec 1
Spring Term Jan 15 Feb 1 Feb 15
Returning Students Apply By Award By
Students returning to Knox next year Jan 15 June 1

What to Expect

  • Shortly after you file your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Student Aid Programs. Your SAR will arrive by email if you provide an email address, or by regular mail if you do not. Carefully review the SAR and make any necessary changes at
  • We will contact you if other documents are required prior to preparing or finalizing your financial aid award.

Special Circumstances

If your family anticipates a reduction in income, has incurred high medical or dental expenses, pays private elementary or high school tuition for siblings, makes educational debt payments, or has other unique circumstances, you may wish to complete a Knox College Special Circumstances form after you file your FAFSA.

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Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. View our full Notice of Non-Discrimination.

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