Demonstrated Financial Need

Your Demonstrated Need is determined by subtracting your Family Contribution from the Cost of Attendance.

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 Student Financial Services 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 2,000 per year.

Dartmouth meets this "need" with a combination of scholarships, work, and for some students, low interest loans will be included.

It is important to note that international applicants must apply for and demonstrate financial need at the time of their application for admission in order to receive financial aid from Dartmouth at any point during their undergraduate studies.