Tuition and Fees

You do not have to be wealthy or even well off to attend Vassar.  Vassar has a need-blind admission policy and a very generous financial aid program. The college is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. We currently award aid to over 60% of our students, with awards ranging from $1,200 to $61,140, depending on their financial situations. Furthermore, all Vassar students have their education subsidized by donations from alumnae/i and other friends of the college. If you are considering Vassar, do not hesitate to apply because you think your family cannot afford it. Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your eligibility for financial aid from Vassar. 

Tuition and Fees 2016/2017

  • Tuition $52,320
  • Room and Board $12,400
  • Student Activity Fee $350
  • Health Service Fee $420
  • Total $65,490

In addition, students should anticipate $2,250 for books, supplies, and personal expenses, and an allowance for transportation to and from the campus.

Room and Board

In general, the college requires full-time students to live in college housing. Special permission to live off-campus may be granted by the Director of Residential Life in the spring for the following academic year. Housing assignments are secured through a room-draw process, which is based on academic seniority. Apartment units are generally not available to freshmen. Students living in residence halls are required to participate in a college board plan. A portion of the room-and-board fee is used to establish a declining-dollar account. Students use their declining-dollar accounts in lieu of cash when they eat at the dining center or the college snack bar. A meal plan is optional for students housed in apartments (Terrace Apartments, South Commons, or Town Houses). A declining-balance account may be established for use in lieu of cash at any of the college dining facilities.

Student Activity Fee

Payment of this fee is required of all matriculated students. Student activity fees comprise the budget of the Vassar Student Association (student government) and provide funding for more than 100 student organizations and campus events.

Student Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance coverage. Click here for more information.

Student in Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra, open to all students by audition regardless of their majors. In addition, the Music Department sponsors five other instrumental ensembles and four choral and vocal groups.