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How to Read Your Award Letter

This page provides important details about the Award Letter provided by the Office of Financial Aid. Review it carefully with your parent(s) so that you have a clear understanding of the financial aid offered, financial aid terms, our policies, and your responsibilities as an aid recipient.

Part 1: Estimated Costs

Your Award Letter begins with information about the costs we estimate you will incur. All figures assume full-time enrollment, unless otherwise noted. “Direct Costs” will appear on your billing statement. Your actual costs may vary, based on your housing, enrollment, year in school, and other factors. Standard (basic), direct costs for the year are shown here. 2023-2024 costs are not official at this time (Nov 2022).

    2022-2023  2023-2024
Tuition (full-time; 3 - 4.5 credits)   $52,000 $53,300
Fees   $902 $902
Campus Housing (standard rate)1   $5,734 6,000
Food (meal plan)   $6,164 6,700
Total   $64,800 $66,902

1  There are other room options, each with different pricing. 

In addition to these direct costs, your initial bill will include the cost of the College’s health insurance plan. The cost for the 2022-2023 year is $2100 for coverage from August to August. The 2023-2024 insurance waiver - completed online - will be available in mid-June.

While “Indirect Costs” will not appear on your bill, you should prepare for them; and though your cost may differ significantly, this is what we suggest you consider budgeting:

Estimated Indirect Cost Figures, 2022-2023:

Books  …………………….$1140
Personal Expenses  ….……1800
Travel  ……………..………..1060         

See full list of charges for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Estimated Indirect Cost Figures, 2023-2024:

Books  …………………….$1350
Personal Expenses  ….……1948
Travel  ……………..………..1150  

Part 2: Financial Aid Eligibility

In this section we list the funds you qualify to receive from all known sources. They were determined by the applications you submitted and guidelines of both the College and the U.S. Department of Education. All figures assume full-time enrollment, unless otherwise noted. 

Part 3: Estimated Payment and Payment Options

This section shows the amount we estimate your family will pay for the year, and the choices you have in making payment to the College. Our Business Office will provide a billing statement  in June, after you pay your deposit. The $200 is retained by the College, and refunded after graduation. 

Payment in full and on time ensures that you will avoid late fees and keep your chosen classes. Payment may be made by check, wire transfer, credit card (service fee applies), or EFT.

Estimated Payment

First you will see our estimate of the amount your family will pay, with and without loans. Loan fees are currently 1.057% for Stafford Loans, 1.057% and 4.228% for PLUS Loans. The cost of the College's health insurance is not included in our calculation.  

If you have been offered Work-Study, your earnings are paid directly to you by check, so funds are not included in this calculation.

Payment Options

Option 1: Make one payment each semester. While the amount you pay each semester will be similar, some charges will appear only in one semester or the other. For example, a mandatory health insurance fee will appear on the fall semester’s bill. Health insurance coverage can be waived online if proof of other insurance is received by the deadline. 

Option 2Enroll in an approved monthly payment plan. Available in 5, 4, or 3-month options, all beginning in July. There is a  fee of $60/per semester. Payment plans are available beginning as early as of July 15th for the 5-month option. No interest is charged. 

Option 3: The Federal PLUS Loan allows your parent to borrow the difference between the “cost of attendance” and all financial aid you have received. A credit check is required. Applications and instructions are provided by our office in June.

Option 4: An additional private loan allows you to take the responsibility of paying a part of college costs. A credit-worthy co-signor who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is usually required.

Option 5: You customize a plan to fit your budget, by combining the monthly payment plan, an additional loan, and maybe even one large "downpayment."

Contact Student Accounts with questions at 847-735-5032 or Payment plans and options:

Part 4: Important Messages

Please note these details about your financial aid, including conditions related to your financial aid, the documents you may need to provide, and similar notes. The most issues (and forms you may need) are found below. 

Most forms can be scanned and sent by email (preferred method) They can also be faxed (847-735-5103) or sent by regular mail:  Office of Financial Aid, Lake Forest College, 555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest IL, 60045-2338. For questions, please call 847-735-5010 or -5103 or

Need a special form, not found below? 
 Click here for more.

 to document citizenship, send a .pdf of your Certificate of Naturalization or signed U.S. passport to

 didn't include Lake Forest, but you completed it? Add Lake Forest.    New FAFSA?

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is the best way 
to complete the verification process. It transfers the required financial values (ex: AGI, tax paid, exemptions, etc.) from your federal tax return to your FAFSA. See the Helpful Tools section on our FAFSA page. 

If you cannot use the DRT, you can provide a  signed copy of your federal tax return or a  Tax Return Transcript (TRT) for the correct year. If using the TRT choose “Request Online” for fastest access.

Permanent Residents: 
to document permanent resident status, send a .pdf of your “ Green Card” to or fax to 847-735-5103.

Signature needed on the FAFSA? Here’s how.

Tax Return Transcript
 (TRT) : available online (in real time) or have it mailed to you. Both available from here. We recommend the option to “Request Online” (access in 10-20 minutes) if you are able. In lieu of a TRT you may provide a signed copy of your federal tax return for the correct year.

Verification Worksheets

   2022-2023 academic year


W-2 needed?Send a clear copy for the year requestedIf you did not work, please contact our office for instructions.

Part 5: What Happens Next

Here you will see what steps you may need to take once you decide to enroll at the College, including:

  • submit any missing documents
  • secure your place with a non-refundable deposit
  • contact us if you will receive funds from any outside source
  • complete the loan application process (available in June), if you will use the Stafford Loan
  • complete the work-study application (available in June) if you were offered funds and are interested in working on campus; placement is not guaranteed
  • other details and links are found here.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone and Fax



Patterson Lodge, 2nd Floor
Middle Campus, Map


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Jerry Cebrzynski
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

Mark Anderson
Associate Director

Adriana Rodriguez
Associate Director for Financial Aid Operations
VA Certifying Official

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español en la oficina de ayuda financiera, usted puede llamar a Adriana Rodriguez.