Because talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic or geographical boundaries, we are committed to making a Vanderbilt education accessible and affordable to all admitted U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. We understand that providing for a college experience is one of the largest single investments a family will make, and we believe strongly that a Vanderbilt education is well worth the investment. Opportunity Vanderbilt reflects our belief that a Vanderbilt education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships individually reviews every application for financial aid and works closely with each family to help make a Vanderbilt education affordable.
We make three important commitments to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens which reflect our continuing dedication to making a Vanderbilt education possible:
- First: Our admissions process is entirely need-blind - your family's ability to pay is not a factor in our admissions process.
- Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need. With the additional investment that we make, many students often pay no more to attend Vanderbilt than they would pay to attend a college with a lower total cost.
- Third: Financial aid awards do not include loans. Through Opportunity Vanderbilt, financial aid packages for undergraduate students include only grant assistance and a reasonable work expectation.