In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, students must apply. Procedures vary based on program and citizenship. Use the links below to find the instructions that apply to your specific case. For assistance or more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Degree Students (Bachelor’s and Master’s)

U.S. Citizens and Legal Residents

For students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents:

  1. Gather tax or income information for the 2016 tax year. You will be able to directly transfer your tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA, using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
    If your family’s financial situation has changed drastically from 2016, please still use the 2016 tax information and subsequently contact the Financial Aid Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so we may correct the information on your behalf. 

  2. If this is your first time filing the FAFSA, you will need to apply for an FSA ID. An ID is individually assigned to both parent(s) and student, so each will have their own ID. You can start the PIN application online at It will be required to file and sign the FAFSA as well as to subsequently complete the requirements for all federal loans, such as sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
    If you already have an FSA ID, please use that to log into the FAFSA. If you cannot remember your FSA ID, please contact the federal government, using links on the FAFSA page to retrieve the information.

  3. File and submit your FAFSA for 2018-2019 online at
    Please be sure to add Franklin's federal school code; G11683 to your application to ensure we can gain access to your information.
    The application must be signed by both parent and (dependent) student. Once the application has been submitted, pay attention to any emails sent from the federal government to the student, should additional information be required.

  4. Review and accept your award in our Net Partner portal. Login instructions will be emailed to all admitted students.

Franklin is considered a foreign university by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Education Act of 1965 dictates that only the Federal Direct Loan program can be used at a university like Franklin. Therefore, your student may be eligible for other federal aid programs such as the Pell Grant, but only federal loans can be included in a financial aid award from Franklin. The Direct Loan program includes the Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans for students as well as the Direct PLUS Loan which can be applied for by parent(s). The aid application process should be jointly shared by the student and the parent so both parties understand their options and responsibilities. This process will be repeated each year.

For more information about these federal loans, please visit

Please remember, the FAFSA application is free to all eligible U.S. residents and citizens. Beware of other websites that mimic the federal page and do not use sites that charge fees for FAFSA-filing or list website other than

(Please note: Franklin does not currently use the CSS Profile.)

Students holding U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, Canadian citizenship and students whose country uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency, will be billed in U.S. dollars (USD), with the exception of Graduate Students who will be billed in Swiss Francs (CHF) regardless of citizenship.

Citizens of countries outside the U.S. 

Students who are neither U.S. citizens, nor permanent U.S. residents need to follow these steps to apply for need-based financial aid:

  1. Gather tax and all income information for the 2016 calendar year. You will need your parent(s) tax information, as well as information regarding the value of family businesses, savings accounts and other assets.

  2. The financial aid application can be found and completed on your Net Partner portal (our online student portal for financial aid). Login instructions will be emailed to all admitted students. If you are unsure of your login, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance. You can start the application and save it before completing it, but be aware you must return to the application within 15 days or the information will no longer be stored.
    The questions on the application have been designed to mimic the information requested on the U.S. federal application for financial aid (FAFSA), in order to try and use an equivalent measurement of need for all our students. The aid application process should be jointly shared by the student and the parent so both parties understand their options and responsibilities. This process will be repeated each year.
    Students holding all other citizenships will be billed in Swiss Francs (CHF). 


Study Abroad and Summer Students

Franklin institutional aid is awarded to fulltime degree-seeking students only and cannot be applied towards one or two semesters of study, or for students enrolled only during the summer semester. Additionally, we cannot process federal aid for students who are currently enrolled or intend to enroll at another institution after one or two semesters at Franklin. Please contact the office of financial aid at your home institution should you need financial assistance for your study abroad semester. 


Graduate Students

Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents qualify for Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and may qualify for private loans. All graduate students are billed in Swiss Francs (CHF).


Transfer Students

Students transferring into Franklin who have previous federal loans should contact the financial aid team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This applies to graduate students with previous federal loans as well. We will provide you with the necessary documentation to keep your loans in deferment.


Returning Students

Franklin scholarships are renewable annually, with certain conditions. Financial aid applications and the FAFSA need to be filed each year to demonstrate continued need and the applications should reflect any changes to the family’s financial situation.  Students’ academic standing as well as housing assignments will be reviewed each semester for compliance with the renewal criteria below. 

Merit scholarships are renewable for four years or upon graduation, whichever comes first, provided the student:

  • Maintains a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.8

  • Maintains full time enrollment

  • Remains in Franklin University housing*

Need-based scholarships are renewed each year provided the student:

  • Continues to demonstrate need by filing FAFSA or Franklin Financial Aid application

  • Maintains a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • Maintains full-time enrollment

  • Remains in Franklin University housing*

*Living off campus will result in a 20% reduction in institutional aid.

Federal Aid (loans) will be available each year provided the student:

  • Files a new FAFSA each year

  • Maintains a minimum GPA of 2.0

Franklin students must be enrolled full-time in order to maintain their visa status within Switzerland.

Aid will be automatically renewed for students who meet the renewal criteria and have submitted their financial aid application or the FAFSA as applicable. 


Non-Renewal of Aid

Students who have not met the renewal criteria will be required to meet with the Financial Aid Director. The student will receive notification from Financial Aid once their grades are available each semester (please note, we do NOT copy parents on this notification due to FERPA requirements). Renewal interviews will be offered in January and/or August of each year. Students required to have a renewal interview will be notified via email. Following the interview and when subsequent grades are available, the student will receive written confirmation of aid status.


Studying Abroad and Leaves of Absence

Franklin students have various opportunities to study abroad. Students receiving financial aid should schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Director prior to making a final decision, to discuss how the absence may affect aid.

Students who are using federal aid need to be particularly aware that there are some restrictions regarding federal aid and study abroad institutions as well as taking a semester at home in the U.S. It is imperative that these students contact the Franklin financial aid team prior to making any firm plans. Institutional funds do not transfer to study abroad programs. In some limited cases, federal loans may be applied to the program being pursued. A list of federally approved study abroad programs can be obtained by contacting the Franklin Financial Aid Director. Also be aware that depending on the student’s plans, federal loans may go into repayment.


Graduating/Non-Returning Students

Students holding federal loans must complete exit counseling upon leaving the University regardless of whether they are graduating or simply not returning to Franklin. Students transferring to another university are responsible for making sure their federal records are updated with the new institution to keep loans from going into repayment.  Exit counseling can be completed online at  



The FAFSA and Franklin Financial Aid applications should be completed and submitted as early as possible to ensure smooth aid awarding and renewal.

Returning students should have their FAFSA or FA application submitted before March 15 each year.

New students can begin the process as early as November, but will not get an award until after they are admitted for admissions.

Net Partner Portal

The Net Partner Portal is accessible at and is the student web portal for financial aid at Franklin. New students will receive their login information shortly after being accepted into Franklin. The portal is where students and family members will be able to view and accept all aid offers, see outstanding financial aid requirements, check their application status, and more.

The “resource tab” contains various documents that will be useful to the family throughout the financial aid application cycle and beyond. We recommend that students log into their account on a regular basis to keep up with current information and the status of their financial aid.