Princeton University Scholarships

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Princeton University Scholarships

Princeton welcomes applications from students around the world. We review all applications in the same manner, regardless of citizenship or country of residence.

We also are familiar with the education systems of most countries, although you are, of course, welcome to provide additional information about the schools you have attended.

Before you begin preparing your application, we encourage you to review our application checkliststandardized testing requirements and financial aid program.

Financial Aid 

The full need of all admitted international students is met the same as it is for students from the United States. Your family’s ability to pay for your university education is not a factor in our admission decision. Students who qualify for financial aid will receive a grant, rather than a loan that has to be repaid, and a term-time job (8-9 hours per week) to meet their need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Our financial aid program is entirely based on need. Princeton does not offer academic or athletic merit scholarships. Financial aid awards cover the difference between Princeton’s costs and the amount your parents are expected to contribute to your education. The parental contribution is based on our evaluation of your financial aid application.

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language and you are attending a school where English is not the language of instruction, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic) or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), in addition to the SAT or ACT. The results of two different SAT Subject Tests are recommended but not required.

Standardized Tests

We encourage applicants attending schools outside the United States or Canada to complete their required standardized testing by the December test date, if possible. In our experience, scores from the January test date for testers outside the United States do not always reach us in time. However, if January is the only time you can take the test, please sit for the test in January and have your scores reported to us by the testing agency.

If the SAT tests are not offered in your country, we will consider your application without SAT results. However, we will have less information to consider when evaluating your application than we will have for applicants who are able to take the required tests. In some countries where the SAT is not offered, the ACT is available. If you cannot take the SAT with Essay, but the ACT is available, please take the ACT with Writing. You cannot submit an English language proficiency test as a substitute for the SAT or ACT, or for one of the two recommended SAT Subject Tests.

School Reports and Recommendations

If your school does not have an adviser for students applying to university, please ask a school official — such as a principal, vice principal or dean — to complete your School Report available on the Coalition Application, Common Application or the Universal College Application.

If the person you ask to complete a teacher recommendation or School Report is not comfortable writing in English, he or she may complete the forms in another language. However, you will need to have the forms officially translated before they are submitted to the Admission Office.

Transfer Students

Princeton is reinstating a transfer admission process for fall 2018 entry. We will enroll a small group of exceptionally well-prepared transfer students from a range of backgrounds, and we particularly encourage applications from students from low-income backgrounds, community college students, and U.S. military veterans.

Cost & Aid

Our aid program is designed to encourage all qualified students — regardless of financial circumstances — to consider applying for admission to Princeton.

Reflected in Princeton’s financial aid program is our commitment to equality of opportunity. Princeton admission is need-blind — there is no disadvantage in the admission process for financial aid applicants. This ensures a continued and growing enrollment of a diverse group of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. If offered admission, Princeton will meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need with a combination of grant aid and a campus job.  Princeton is one of a handful of universities that applies the same policy to international students.

Princeton’s financial aid program is recognized as one of the most generous in the country. We determine a family’s ability to pay using our own need formula, with fair and generous individual results. Princeton’s no-loan policy replaces student loans with grant aid that students do not pay back — this makes it possible to graduate with little to no debt.

$63,600 Tuition, college fee, room and board for the 2017-18 academic year

$50,600 The average grant for a student admitted to the Class of 2021

$13,000 Average net cost of tuition, college fee, room and board for aid recipients 

Find out the amount of financial aid you may be eligible to receive by using the Princeton financial aid estimator.

How Princeton’s Aid Program Works

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 following table provides the average grant awarded to students admitted to the Class of 2021:
Gross Family Income Percent Qualified Average Grant What It Covers
$0–65,000 100% $64,010 Full tuition, college fee, room + board
$65,000–85,000 100% $59,085 Full tuition, college fee, 71% room + board
$85,000–100,000 100% $55,870 Full tuition, college fee, 50% room + board
$100,000–120,000 100% $53,705 Full tuition, college fee, 37% room + board
$120,000–140,000 100% $50,210 Full tuition, college fee, 14% room + board
$140,000–160,000 100% $47,180 Full tuition
$160,000–180,000 100% $42,770 91% tuition
$180,000–200,000 89% $35,960 76% tuition
$200,000–250,000 78% $30,750 65% tuition
$250,000 and above
(most who qualify have
2 children in college)
37% $22,470 48% tuition

Tuition = $47,140  Residential college fee = $850
Room and board = $15,610

Your grant may vary from the above averages based on the Financial Aid Office’s individual evaluation of your family’s resources, including assets other than the family home or retirement funds.

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