How Much Help Will I Get?

Apply, apply apply. There are many factors that we look at to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid. The best way to know for sure, is to apply.

How Much Assistance Will I Personally Receive?

We can't give you an exact figure until you have completed and submitted all your financial aid forms but we can show you an estimate if you have your financial details handy.

Visit our Net Price Calculator to gain more information about your costs.

Dartmouth guarantees that you will receive all of the assistance you are determined to need.

What is Need?

Cost of EducationFamily Contribution = "Need"

Cost of Education includes direct and indirect expenses. Direct expenses are tuition, fees, food, and housing. Indirect expenses are travel costs, books, supplies, laundry, etc. Although students do not receive a bill from Campus Billing for these expenses, we do consider an average amount per student when determining aid eligibility.

Family Contribution consists of a parent and student contribution. Students who receive assistance are expected to contribute a minimum amount annually, which should come from leave term earnings. Student contributions range from $1,000 to 3,000 per year.

Dartmouth meets this "Need" with a combination of work and scholarships.

Each university calculates a total amount of financial aid available to you for their school. Based on their costs and the information you provide, financial aid officers calculate your need and the amount you are eligible to receive. You will then be given a list of available assistance known as your "Financial Aid Award." Your demonstrated need will be met with a combination of student employment, and scholarship or grants. Awards can include federal funds, and institutional sources. 

Zero Parent Contribution for Families with Income Below $65,000

Students from families with total annual income below $65,000 who possess typical assets for this income range, will not have an expected parent contribution toward educational costs. Students will still be expected to contribute toward their own expenses from their summer income, part-time work during the school year, and their own savings. Your award will not include a student loan.

Dartmouth's Tuition Guarantee

Students from families with total incomes of $125,000 or less—and possessing typical assets, will receive scholarship that will at least cover the cost of tuition. 


Families with Income above $125,000

There is no income cut off for scholarship consideration at Dartmouth. We take an individual look at all applications, and families earning over $125,000 per year do receive scholarship assistance. 

Families not eligible for need-based aid can still find help through parent loans, private alternative loans, and financing options.

There is no expectation that you borrow a student loan

Dartmouth is committed to making a world-class education affordable to all families. 

Regardless of income level, students who receive need-based financial aid from Dartmouth will have no expectation that they borrow a student loan. A student's demonstrated need will be met with student employment and scholarship or grant funding. 

Students and parents may still decide to borrow loan to help with the calculated family contribution or additional expenses such as health insurance or a computer.