We will meet 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted financial aid applicants.
What is Need?
Cost of Attendance − Family Contribution = "Need"
Cost of Attendance includes direct and indirect expenses. Direct expenses are tuition, fees, food, and housing. Indirect expenses are travel costs, books, supplies, laundry, etc. Although students do not receive a bill from Campus Billing for these expenses, we do consider an average amount per student when determining aid eligibility.
Family Contribution consists of a parent and student contribution. Students who receive assistance are expected to contribute a minimum amount annually, which should come from leave term earnings. Student contributions range from $1,000 to 3,000 per year.
Dartmouth meets this "Need" with a combination of work and scholarships, and, for some students, low interest loans will be included.
Families with Total Income below $100,000
At Dartmouth, free tuition is provided for students from families with total incomes of $100,000 or less—and possessing typical assets. The financial aid offer will not include loans. Student and/or parent loans are available to help offset the family contribution and additional expenses such as health insurance or a computer.
Families with Total Income above $100,000
We review each aid application carefully, considering each family’s individual circumstances, and many families with higher incomes do qualify for scholarship assistance. Low-interest loans are included in the aid packages of students in this income category. Dartmouth students graduate with among the lowest levels of student loan debt in the country, on average.