Financial Aid Without Loans

When Princeton’s Board of Trustees voted in 2001 to replace student loans with grants, it sent a clear message to all students who apply: No matter what your financial circumstances, Princeton is possible.

Princeton has a need-blind admission policy, meaning that your family’s ability to pay has nothing to do with your chance of being accepted. If you have what it takes to be a Princeton student, Princeton will meet 100 percent of your determined financial need with a combination of grant aid and a campus job. No student is required to take a loan. Princeton is also one of only a handful of universities to offer the same aid policy to international students.

The effects of Princeton’s “no loan” financial aid policy are powerful and tangible. For graduating seniors, it means freedom to choose a career path or graduate study without concern over student loan payments. For current Princeton students, it means learning with and from students of different backgrounds and benefiting from everyone's unique experiences and perspectives.

Princeton’s “no loan” financial aid program is the most generous in the country. To find out more, see Costs & Financial Aid. Be sure to try the Princeton Financial Aid Estimator for an indication of how much aid you may be eligible to receive.