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Expanded Aid Program

Dear Prospective Student,

Vanderbilt University's multi-year initiative of progressively reducing education-related undergraduate student debt reached new levels in the fall of 2009. Since that time, our financial aid packages for undergraduate students have not included need-based loans. The amount of need-based loans you would have been offered in the past to meet your demonstrated financial need has been replaced with increased amounts of Vanderbilt scholarship and/or grant assistance.

Why did Vanderbilt implement this Expanded Aid Program? We believe that when barriers to a Vanderbilt education can be reduced or eliminated, every student benefits from a learning community that includes talented, qualified individuals from all backgrounds. We pledge ourselves to the following commitments:

  • First: Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind.
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family's demonstrated financial need for all admitted U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.
  • Third: Financial aid awards for undergraduate students include no need-based loans.

I encourage you to learn more about our financial aid program, and to consider joining our diverse community of scholars and leaders.

Go 'Dores!

Douglas L. Christiansen
Douglas L. Christiansen, Ph. D.
Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

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