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Scholarships & Aid

Discover just how affordable a Carroll education can be thanks to our financial aid packages and wide range of scholarship programs.

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Financial Aid at Carroll College

Generous Financial PackagesCollege is expensive. There’s no way around it. But it’s important for you to realize that nearly every student walking our campus at Carroll receives some form of financial assistance, and in many cases the generous aid packages we award significantly reduce the actual out-of-pocket expense for our students. In fact, the average financial aid package at Carroll is $26,838—which is over half the total cost of attendance.

Paying for college shouldn’t be thought of as an "expense," but instead as an investment in your potential that will bring a lifetime of rewards. This is especially true at Carroll, which is why U.S. News & World Report ranked Carroll the #3 Best Value Regional College in the West for 2018.


Graphic of institutional and college financial aidYou’ll automatically be considered for a wide range of scholarships when you submit your application for admission. We offer scholarships for first year students ranging from $15,000 to $22,000 per year for four years. Transfer scholarships are available ranging from $11,000 to $15,000 per year through degree completion. And we offer other scholarships, in addition to academic merit scholarships, in the areas of athletics, choir, forensics, band, theatre, and student government.

Types of Financial Aid

In addition to scholarships, which are funds that do not need to be repaid, you may qualify for a number of other types of aid. There are state and federal grants, which you also don’t have to repay, as well as loans for students and parents. Typical loans include the Stafford and the Federal PLUS loan for parents. Students typically don’t begin paying back on their loans until after they’ve graduated or are no longer enrolled. To receive a preview of an estimated financial aid award, use our Net Price Calculator.


The earlier you begin the financial aid application and submit everything that’s needed, the better. It starts by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine how much federal aid for which you may qualify. Here are some important deadlines for you to keep in mind:

  • October 1 - Begin submitting 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Degree-seeking students receiving institutional aid graphicDecember 1 - Priority Deadline for need-based Carroll financial aid (FAFSA must be submitted for priority consideration)
  • January - 2019-2020 Financial Aid Awards available (new, accepted students with FAFSA results on file with the Financial Aid Office)
  • March 1 - Dr. Robert Swartout Endowed Scholarship (new students or transfer students only)
  • March 1 - Parish Scholarship Deadline (new students only)
  • March 1 - Family Tuition Allowance Grant Deadline 
  • March 1 - Not for School but for Life Scholarship Deadline (new students only)
  • March 1 - Bishop George Leo Thomas Scholarship Deadline (new students only)
  • May 1-Montana, Idaho and Oregon Advantage Award Deadline (new students only)
  • June 1 - Begin acceptance and processing of applications for 2019-2020 private education loans (Parent PLUS or other private loan).

Contact Us

We realize the financial aid process can be intimidating and confusing. That’s why we’re here. Our supportive professional financial aid counselors will help you navigate the process from start to finish. Remember to be organized, keep all documentation you receive regarding financial aid together, and please contact us with any questions you may have along the way at (406) 447-5425 or (800) 992-3648, Ext. 5425, as well as fao@carroll.edu.