Financial Aid

At this time of unprecedented uncertainty across the world with the coronavirus (COVID-19), it must feel overwhelming as you make plans for where to attend college. Some colleges are cancelling campus visits, which may make your decision even more difficult.
At Defiance College, we care deeply that you make the right decision for yourself and do not feel stressed with the May 1, 2020, decision deadline at most colleges and universities. After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to extend our decision and enrollment deposit date to June 15, 2020, to give you additional time to complete all campus visits and make the most informed decision.
At this time, we have decided to cancel in-person campus visits until May, 1, 2020. This may be extended depending on the advice of the Governor's office. My staff and I are committed to being available for calls, texts, and meetings via Skype, Google Meets, or FaceTime to answer questions about admissions and financial aid. You can also meet with faculty virtually. Our goal is to help you every step of the way. To schedule a virtual meeting, please call or email our office at or 800-520-4632. You may contact the Office of Financial Aid at 419-783-2364 or by email at
I hope this will give you peace of mind as you make decisions of where to attend this fall. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can help. As the need arises, DC will continue to provide updates on our website and on the official Defiance College social media channels.
Tracey Dysart Ford
Vice President for Enrollment Management


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We will begin sending new student financial aid packages in early December and continue on a rolling basis.
Current students: view your existing award letter on your myDC Portal.

Are you still accepting applications for admission?
Yes! Defiance College is rolling admission for undergraduates, and we are still accepting applications with no application fee. You can apply online or through the Common Application.

What if I cannot get my high school transcript sent because my school is closed due to COVID-19?
At this time, we can accept a student copy of a transcript or you can email your four-year cumulative GPA to Full admission to the College will be pending final receipt of your official high school transcript verifying your self-reported GPA.

My ACT and SAT test dates were canceled - what can I do?
We understand some students are unable to take the ACT or SAT this spring. If this is the case, you can apply as test-optional for fall 2020 unless you plan to pursue nursing or education. Contact your admissions counselor for details.

I want to visit your campus - how can I do this?
Defiance College is offering virtual visits for students. You can meet with faculty, coaches, admissions, and financial aid. You can also take a virtual tour online. To schedule, please contact Alexa St. Julian at or email us at

Will a virtual visit still let me be eligible for the $1,000 DC Visit Grant?
Yes! After we "see" you at your virtual visit and are accepted to the College, you will have the $1,000 Visit Grant added to your financial aid award letter.

I signed up for a football overnight and it got canceled - what can I do?
The football team has developed a virtual visit program. Contact Chris Shank at for more information about the program.

I have questions about filing the FAFSA - can you help?
Yes, our financial aid staff are accepting virtual appointments via Google Meet, Skype, or FaceTime to walk you through the process. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 419-783-2364.

I do not understand my financial aid award - can you help me?
Yes, our financial aid staff is available for any questions you have. You can call them or schedule a virtual meeting at the contact information listed above.

Will Defiance College still have orientation?
At this time, Defiance College is still planning orientation. Register online here.

Will Defiance College provide housing this fall?
We are currently expecting to have on-campus housing in the fall.

How do I apply for housing?
You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with a link to a housing survey in the coming months. Once you complete the survey, your housing process will begin.

When will housing assignments go out so I can contact my roommate?
Housing assignments will be available on myDC on July 15.

Who do I contact for questions about housing?
You can contact the Office of Residence Life at


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