Introduction to Financial Aid

We hope these basic facts will provide a good primer for all undergraduate applicants.

How Financial Aid Works

Around two thirds of undergraduate college students in the U.S. receive some form of need-based financial aid, either from the government, from their college, or from a combination of both. Need-based financial aid eligibility is based on two calculations; the total cost of education and (you or) your family's ability to pay. The cost of education is different at each college or university. Each school determines the costs of attendance (tuition, fees, housing, food and living expenses) for completing their programs. On the website of every school there is an online tool, the Net Price Calculator, that helps families get an idea of how much financial aid they can expect to receive.

Who May Apply for Financial Aid?

Dartmouth has extended their need-blind admissions policy to all applicants, regardless of citizenship, beginning with the Class of 2026. 

This means that applications are reviewed and accepted based solely on a student's qualifications, and not on his or her ability to pay.  Once the Admissions Office has selected the students it intends to admit to Dartmouth, the Financial Aid Office determines each student's need, and awards financial aid accordingly.  

Dartmouth guarantees to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students who apply for aid, regardless of citizenship.

Please contact our office if you have questions regarding your eligibility to apply for Financial Aid. We are happy to help.

Why and When Do I Apply?

If you are not certain how you will pay for college, you should apply for financial aid and learn about the help available. Prospective students should apply for admission and financial aid at the same time. You will reapply annually.