Congratulations on your admission to Vassar!
If you received a financial aid award letter Student Financial Services is available to help you better understand your financial aid. We are offering weekday phone or Zoom appointments throughout April. If you would like to discuss your financial aid award with a counselor, you may schedule an appointment
If you have NOT received a financial aid award letter your application is likely incomplete. Please visit your applicant portal to determine what documents are missing. You may upload missing documents to College Board IDOC
If you have not yet applied for financial aid please refer to the application instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
I received an outside scholarship. How does this impact my financial aid?
If you receive a scholarship or tuition benefit from somewhere other than Vassar, your financial aid package will be adjusted based on the amount of outside aid received. You must report any outside scholarships and/or tuition benefits to Vassar. We allow student to replace two of the three "self help" portions of their financial aid award with outside scholarships/tuition benefits. Self-help aid includes student loans, the work study allowance, and the standard student contribution from summer earnings. If the total amount of your outside awards exceed the two self-help options, then the overage will reduce Vassar Scholarship.
Are there options for additional financing?
There are numerous financing methods parents and students can utilize to cover their family contribution. These include: monthly payment plans, federal student and parent loans, alternative loans, etc. It is up to each family to decide the best way to fund their contribution. You can find more information on loan options here.
Does Vassar offer a payment plan?
Yes, Vassar offers two plans: a 5 month and a 4 month plan for each semester. The payments are deducted electronically from your checking or savings account on the 5th of each month. There is no interest associated with the plan but there is a small fee to enroll.
Can I appeal my financial aid award?
If your family's circumstances have changed since you completed your financial aid application, you may request an appeal. Factors that Vassar may consider upon appeal are: job loss, income fluctuations, high medical expenses not covered by insurance, expenses related to natural disasters, etc. Appeals must be done in writing and should include supporting documentation (i.e. recent tax returns, paid medical invoices, etc.).