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Financial Aid for First-Year and Transfer Students

Invest in your future

At first glance, the price of a college education may seem overwhelming—but with a closer look, you’ll find it’s more affordable than you think. At Hamline, we’re dedicated to providing you with an exemplary education at a reasonable rate. Our admission counselors and financial aid team will work with you and your family or guardians to ensure you get the most out of your college experience without sacrificing peace of mind.

Through a combination of merit-based and academic scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment, we make it possible for first-year and transfer students from diverse backgrounds to get the education they dream of.

Learn how to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to be eligible for financial aid.

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Average value of financial aid packages for incoming undergraduate students


Percentage of undergraduates who receive Hamline grants or scholarships for financial aid


Percentage of incoming students eligible for $3,000 in work-study earnings

Types of financial aid

We support incoming first-year and on-campus transfer students through a variety of financial aid options, such as merit-based scholarships, talent scholarships, United Methodist awards, and more. Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships. Hamline does not reduce scholarship and grant dollars if a student receives outside or private dollars.

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First-year scholarships

Learn about the different types of scholarships available for first-year students and which require separate applications and additional materials.

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Transfer scholarships

Transfer scholarships of up to $23,000 are available and renewed annually. Award criteria are based on performance in college coursework.

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Grants and gift aid

Grants are a form of gift-aid that you don’t need to pay back. Gift aid can come from Hamline, the MN State Government, the federal government, or outside sources.

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Students enrolled at least half-time each term are eligible for all federal loans as well as alternative loans.

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Summer financial aid

If you’re planning to take summer coursework, see what financial aid you may be eligible for in the summer.

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Student employment

Interested in student jobs? We’ll assist you with finding on-campus positions and support you in the application process.

Money and loans are stressful, but the financial aid office was so informative. They walked me through the financial aid steps and highlighted the most important parts of what it would look like down the line. It's hard to come to a university thinking, 'Oh my gosh, it's so much money, what am I supposed to do?' But after sitting down with them, I was totally confident that I could do this."

Hamline transfer student Hailey Belflower smiling outside on campus

Calculate your costs

Financing your education takes careful planning, and we want to help you break down your total cost. The more you know, the more informed decisions you can make to invest in your future. Check out our tuition rates and fees, or use the Net Price Calculator to see how your award package reduces cost.

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Cost of attendance

Explore your education costs as an undergraduate or graduate student. See tuition and housing rates, as well as miscellaneous fees.

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Tuition rates

Get a closer look at tuition rates for undergraduate students, including yearly fees for full-time, part-time, or J-term enrollment status.


Net Price Calculator

If you’re going to be a first-year, transfer, or international student at Hamline, try our Net Price Calculator to estimate your award package.

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