Financial Aid

COVID 2020/2021 FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding the College's 20/21 enrollment determination and how it will impact financial aid. 



When will financial Aid awards be released?

We hope to begin releasing fall financial aid award notices in early August prior to the fall billing.


I have already received a financial aid offer for the 2020–2021 academic year. Will my aid change?

Your aid award will be adjusted if your enrollment plans or residential living circumstances change.


If I am living off campus, will my award be different compared to on campus?

If you are planning to live off-campus, you will be asked to provide a copy of your lease. Your aid award may be adjusted; however, scholarship funding will be limited. If your cost is higher than the standard allowance for off-campus leases, you can apply for loan to supplement your award.


How do I let Undergraduate Financial Aid know that my family’s financial circumstances have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any other reason?

If your family’s financial circumstances have changed, you can request a review of your financial aid award using the form available on our website (


I am going to enroll remotely, will I be eligible for increased financial aid because of technology costs?

An allowance for the expense of additional technology costs has been included in the remote expense estimate.


I am living remotely, what will I be billed for?

Students living remotely will be billed for tuition and fees. You may also be billed for health insurance if you need coverage. Additional billing information can be found on the campus billing website (


I am living on campus, will I be able to work on campus?

Yes, students living on campus will be able to work. Please reference the Dartmouth Student Employment website for additional information (


I am enrolled remotely, can I still have a student job?

Under certain circumstances students will be able to work remotely. Please reference the Dartmouth Student Employment website for additional information (


Will I still be responsible for leave-term earnings and the employment obligation if I am unable to secure employment while living at home?

The college has not planned to replace funding for leave term earnings or employment in your financial aid award at this time. Federal guidelines for employment replacement have expired.


I am planning on taking a gap year, will my aid carry over until next year?

Students who choose to take a gap year will need to reapply for aid next year. If your family’s financial circumstances are similar, you should expect a similar financial aid award when you return. Financial aid application materials will be available in the fall and should be submitted prior to February 1st, 2021.


Will my award be adjusted if I need to make multiple trips home during the academic year?

Financial aid awards include an allowance for transportation for students who live some distance away. If your transportation costs exceed the allowance in your aid award you can submit receipts documenting the additional cost. Additional transportation costs may be funded with scholarship or loan on a case by case basis.


I made changes to my D-Plan after receiving my initial financial aid award. How is the Financial Aid Office notified?

The Office of the Registrar notifies the Financial Aid Office of all D-Plan changes, and the award will be updated.  Generally, the award is revised within 7 to 10 business days. You do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office if you make any changes to your D-Plan.




Financial Aid