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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The full need of every admitted student is met through grants and a campus job:

The average aid package for a student admitted to the Class of 2018 is $44,700. 95% grant aid and 5% campus job.