Grants and Scholarships

Vassar Scholarships

Vassar awards around $61,700,000 annually in scholarships. These scholarships come from Vassar’s endowment, money raised by Vassar alumnae/i clubs, and gifts from friends of the college.

Federal Grants

Students who qualify under the federal guidelines may receive grants from various federal programs—the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or the Pell Grant (for students from low to lower-middle income families). Students apply for these programs by completing the FAFSA which is required of all financial aid applicants.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Students who are residents of New York State and are U.S. citizens (or have applied for citizenship) are also required to apply for a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) grant. Students apply for TAP by listing Vassar as one of the schools on the FAFSA. In the late spring, before they enter college, New York State will send them an Express Tuition Assistance Program Application to complete the process.

Other Sources of Aid

The Financial Aid Office urges applicants for financial aid to explore all possible sources of funds. Many companies and organizations offer scholarships to children of their employees. If your state has a scholarship program, be sure to apply. A free and easy way to search for scholarships that you might be eligible for is to register with FastWeb.

Scholarship Scams

A good rule of thumb: If you have to pay money in order to qualify for a “scholarship program ” or a “scholarship service,” it is almost certainly a scam. Visit the Scholarship Scams page to learn more.

Statue of Matthew Vassar

The first scholarship endowment at Vassar was established by founder Matthew Vassar. Today, the college awards more than $61,700,000 annually in scholarships.