How Princeton's Aid Program Works
Our aid program is designed to encourage all qualified students — regardless of financial circumstances — to consider applying for admission to Princeton. There is no income cutoff on our aid application; any family who feels they may need help paying for a Princeton education is welcome to apply for aid.
When awarding aid, we are guided by the following principles:
- Admission is need blind for all applicants, including international students.
Need blind admission means that applying for aid is not in any way a disadvantage in the admission process, ensuring equality of opportunity for low- and middle- income students.
- Princeton financial aid is awarded solely based on need; there are no merit scholarships.
We consider an applicant's talents and achievements only in relation to admission. Academic and athletic merits are not considered when awarding aid.
- Need is determined through a careful review of each family's individual financial circumstances.
Personal attention is given to every admitted student's aid application, taking into account special circumstances and professional judgment in determining aid awards.
- The full need of every admitted student is met through grants and a campus job: