Grants and Scholarships
Vassar awards around $71,000,000 annually in scholarships. The funds come from Vassar’s endowment, money raised by Vassar alumnae/i clubs, and gifts from friends of the college.
Pell Grants are funds from the U.S. government that do not need to be repaid. Eligibility is based on federal demonstrated need as determined by the FAFSA form. The maximum award amount for 2020-2021 award year is $6,345.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who are eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant. Award amounts depend on the level of need and availability of funds.
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant program for eligible New York State residents. An annual TAP award can total up to $5,165 and is based on a family's New York State net taxable income. Students are directed to the TAP application after completing the FAFSA online.
Certain other states offer transferable grant programs for their own residents. Please check with your home state's higher education assistance office for more information.
The Student Financial Services Office urges all Vassar students to explore outside funding opportunities. Outside funds are beneficial because they offer students greater financial flexibility. They can lessen your employment obligation and/or considerably reduce the burden of student loans. There are a great number of scholarship search tools available to students online. Here are some that you might find helpful:
A good rule of thumb: If you have to pay money in order to qualify for a “scholarship program” or a “scholarship service,” it is almost certainly a scam. Visit the Scholarship Scams page to learn more.