Financial Aid

Vassar meets 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years. Vassar adheres to a need-blind admission policy for all first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This means that admission decisions for those applicants are made without regard to their financial situation. The goal of the college is to make a Vassar education affordable and accessible to all admitted students.

You do not have to be wealthy or even well off to attend Vassar. Financial aid is awarded to over 60% of Vassar students, exclusively on the basis of need. In addition to meeting 100% of all demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, Vassar will eliminate or reduce loans in the aid awards of students from low-income families. In 2011-2012, our students received financial aid awards ranging from $1,200 to over $60,000, depending on their financial situations. Their families’ annual incomes ranged from $0 to $270,000.

If you are considering Vassar, do not hesitate to apply because you think your family cannot afford it.

Vassar College has partnered with the College Board to offer a Net Price Calculator - a tool that will allow you to estimate your college expenses and eligibility for financial aid from Vassar. Go to calculator

 Students in front of Rockefeller Hall

Rockefeller Hall, home to the departments of political science and mathematics

Q: Does applying for financial aid limit my chances of admission?

A: No. For all U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are applying for admission to the freshman class, Vassar adheres to a need-blind policy, which means that 100% of admission decisions for those candidates are made without regard to the student's financial situation. More.

Vassar and QuestBridge College Match

Vassar is a College Match partner with QuestBridge, a program dedicated to providing higher educational opportunities to academically talented, low-income, and underserved youth in America. More

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, Vassar has an agreement with the Veterans Administration to cover the cost of tuition and fees in excess of the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 for all veterans admitted to the college. 

Financial Aid Deadlines

  • Early Decision I Nov. 15
  • Early Decision II Jan. 1
  • Regular Decision Feb. 15
  • Fall Transfer Mar. 15
  • Spring Transfer Nov. 1
  • Returning Students May 1