Financial Aid Myths and Misperceptions
Myth: My parents make too much money to qualify for financial aid.
Reality: There is no income limit to qualifying for financial aid. Many factors aside from income are taken into account when determining your eligibility. Albion students receive over $28 million in grant aid.
Myth: Only students with good grades get financial aid.
Reality: While a high GPA does help in qualifying for an Albion scholarship, good grades do not have any impact on your eligibility for need-based financial aid (grants, loans, work-study). 98% of Albion students receive financial support.
Myth: Only minorities receive financial aid.
Reality: Need-based financial aid funds are based on your financial eligibility, not on any other factor. The FAFSA doesn’t even ask for information regarding race or ethnicity.
Myth: The forms are too hard to fill out.
Reality: The FAFSA is easier than ever, especially if you fill it out online at FAFSA.gov. There are detailed instructions for every question, step by step. For most families, it takes about 45 minutes to complete the application the first time and about 30 minutes for renewal FAFSAs.
Myth: If I take out student loans, I will graduate with major debt.
Reality: The average Albion student graduates with a loan balance around $27,400. Depending on your repayment plan, your monthly payment would fall between $104 - $300 month, which is about the cost of a new car.
Admission Enrollment Deposit
A $350 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. This deposit may be submitted the following ways:
To deposit online, please log in to the Student Portal using your email address and the PIN provided to you via email by your admission counselor (please note, this is NOT your ACIS account credentials). Once you have logged in you may reply to the offer of admission.
If you've lost your PIN, you may reset it at: https://apply.albion.edu/account/reset. If you need help with your account credentials or have any other questions, please contact your admission counselor, the Office of Admission by calling 800/858.6770, or via email at
Deposit By Phone
To make your deposit over the phone, please call our office at 800/858.6770, during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Deposit By Mail
To make your deposit by mail, please make check payable to Albion College and mail it to:
Office of Admission
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
If you have any questions, please contact the admission office via email at
, or call 800/858.6770.
Distinguished Scholars Program - Resources
Supplementary Materials for the 2015 Distinguished Scholars Program
Defining Bullying Down
The New York Times
Additional supporting reference: Prologue from
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
by Emily Bazelon
Leaving a Trace
by Nels Christensen - Associate Professor of English, Albion College
The Topics Dystopian Films Won't Touch
by Imran Siddiquee
Behind the Brown Mask: Joe Louis' Face and Construction of Racial Mythologies
by Marcy S. Sacks - Professor of History, Albion College
Ebola — Underscoring the Global Disparities in Health Care Resources
The New England Journal of Medicine
by Anthony S. Fauci
Genomics in Medicine
Journal of the American Medical Association
by W. Gregory Feero
2015 Mathematics Challenge
Distinguished Artist Program
You have been selected to participate in the Distinguished Artist Program on January 31, 2015.
The Distinguished Artist Program is an opportunity for you to show us your talent in the arts and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!
You may choose to participate in one of these areas:
- Creative Writing
- Integrated Arts (film, visual poetry, and more)
You will be asked to perform or present your portfolio for 15 minutes and then a panel of faculty will discuss your presentation with you for another 15 minutes.
Distinguished Artists Program - Presentation & Selection Process
While on campus, we will make arrangements for you to tour campus or interview with one of our programs of distinction.
Why should I participate?
This opportunity helps you understand our hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts and sciences. We hope you will begin to understand the value of this type of education as a result of your participation.
The process of selecting your method of participation, preparing for the competition and then participating helps you experience the teaching and learning environment at Albion. You will also receive valuable feedback and encouragement from your panel of faculty.
The most effective way for us to identify promising artists and scholars is through in-person participation and dialog. This is your opportunity to show our faculty more about your future potential than may be apparent in your admission application and essay.
What if I don't want to compete?
Interview/Audition/Portfolio Day is an alternative opportunity for you to display your talents in the fine arts (music, theater, visual art) and/or schedule interviews with the Gerstacker Institute, Ford Institute, Environmental Center, and Honors Program.
Can I talk someone this opportunity?
Your admission counselor can help you decide which opportunity is right for you. In addition, we have a student mentor and some faculty mentors available to talk with you.
or call 800/858.6770.