Financial Aid

Vassar seeks to make a college education affordable and accessible to all admitted students.

Through a generous financial aid program, Vassar meets 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years. Financial aid is awarded exclusively on the basis of need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile. 

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

You do not have to be wealthy or even well off to attend Vassar. Financial aid is awarded to over 60% of Vassar students. In addition to meeting 100% of all demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, Vassar eliminates or reduces loans in the aid awards of students from low-income families. In 2021–2022, our students are receiving financial aid awards ranging from $3,500 to over $75,000, 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.

Get full financial aid information at Student Financial Services.

Does applying for financial aid limit my chances of admission?

No. For all U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are applying for admission to the first-year class during early decision or regular decision, Vassar adheres to a need-blind policy, which means admission decisions for those candidates are made without regard to the student’s financial situation. An applicant’s financial need may be taken into consideration if the college utilizes the waitlist. 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.