Need-Based Scholarship Applicant Information

The Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute offers need-based scholarships.  Over the past two years we've offered over $425,000 in scholarship funding.  Our scholarship funding comes from outside grants and private sources.  Need-based scholarships can range from full, half, to partial tuition amount for any of our 6 pre-college programs. Scholarship applications do not require the $500 tuition deposit.


All students applying for scholarship admission to the Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute MUST submit:

 

1. Your completed online application form.

  • Background information
  • Short essay answers (500 words or less)
  • Completed certification and review of your application.

2. A copy of your most recent high school transcripts.

  • Your transcripts can be either official (mailed directly to us from your school counselor) or unofficial (uploaded to your online application dashboard or mailed to us from you).
  • Transcripts must begin with grade 9 (freshman year), include Fall 2019 term grades, and include a list of courses you are currently taking.
  • Transcripts must include course titles and grades earned.
  • Please do not submit printouts or screenshots from online grade portals.

3. Two Recommendation Letters

  • As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for two references.  Once you have entered in their contact information and completed the recommendation section of the online application your references will be emailed a link for submitting your recommendation letter. Your references must be able to speak to your academic abilities. All recommendation letters submitted are reviewed by the admissions committee.
  • Your application will not be considered complete without the recommendation letters, and your recommendations are your responsibility. Some recommendation request forms get lost in junk or spam folders; you should confirm your references received and completed the form.  If the link expires you can send them an updated link once you have certified and submitted your application.

4. Tax Documents

  • To be considered for financial-need based aid, your parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) must submit their 1040 Federal Income Tax Statement Forms from the previous 3 years. If your parents are divorced, please include statements for both parents. We do not need any schedules, just the 1040 for each of the past three years.
    • If you have not yet filed for the current year, please send the 3 most current years.  You can update the application by sending us the current year once you have completed your taxes.
    • Remember to BLACK OUT ALL SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS!
    IF RELEVANT, students applying for financial-need based aid MAY submit:
    • Documentation verifying Social Security benefits.
    • Documentation verifying un-reimbursed Medical Expenses.
    • Documentation verifying student eligibility for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.
    • A brief paragraph written by parent/guardian describing any extenuating financial circumstances.

5. Optional items all applicants can include with their applications (NOT REQUIRED):

    • An unofficial copy of your PLAN/ACT and/or PSAT/SAT scores

    NOTE: SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT A $500 DEPOSIT WITH THEIR APPLICATION.  OUR APPLICATION DOES NOT HAVE ANY "APPLICATION FEES".  SCHOLARSHIPS STUDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER IN ANY PAYMENTS WITH THEIR APPLICATION.


    SUBMITTING YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE CARLETON SUMMER LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTE

      Submit your documents by:

      • Uploading an electronic copy to your online application dashboard.
        • This is the fastest and most efficient way to submit your materials. 
        • You can upload on your online dashboard once your application has been submitted.
      • Faxing a copy to the Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute (507-222-4540)
        • Be sure to include your full, legal first and last name to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application!
      • Emailing a copy to summer@carleton.edu
      • Mailing a copy to the Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute at:

      Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute

      Carleton College

      One North College Street

      Northfield, MN 55057

      Be sure to include you full, legal first and last name to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application! If you have questions about submitting your application materials or if you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact us at: Email:   summer@carleton.edu Phone:  866-767-2275)