The loan applications period for the 2017-18 academic year is now CLOSED.


Applying for a LIFT Loan or a Legacy Loan through Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning is a simple, straightforward process.

The Application Process

Students may apply for a LIFT or Legacy loan for the upcoming school year beginning on February 1 and ending on the last Friday in April every year. Here are the requirements to complete our online application:

  • LIFT and Legacy loans are available annually to legal residents of Lancaster County, PA.
  • Student must plan to be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. Loans may be attained for undergraduate or graduate school education.
  • Student must be attending or have graduated from a Lancaster County high school or homeschool. Adult or nontraditional learners are exempt from this requirement.
  • Students must provide family financial information and a scanned copy of the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Students may receive up to, but no more than, four loans from Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning.

If a LIFT or Legacy loan is awarded, payment will be sent to the school or college to be applied directly against a student’s tuition obligation. Loan awards are not made directly to students or their families.