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Providing for college is one of the largest single investments a family will make, and we strongly believe that a Vanderbilt education is worth it. Opportunity Vanderbilt reflects our belief that a world-class education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances.

We make three important commitments to make it possible for students from many different economic circumstances to enroll at Vanderbilt.

  1. First: Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.
  2. Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need.
  3. Third: Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.