Wellesley Is Affordable

Four and a half profound thoughts to consider before
you whisk yourself away to our Student Financial
Services pages.

1. We care about you, not your money.

Our admission process is need-blind. In other words, we don’t consider your financial situation when we consider your application. We admit terrific people, and then we make sure Wellesley is possible for them.

2. Our cost is not necessarily your cost.

We charge a specific amount for tuition, room, and board. Yet most of our students pay far less than that amount. Why? Because we meet 100 percent of our students’ demonstrated need. Our students pay only what they can afford—nothing more. (Get an early indication of how true this is by using Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator.)

3. Our strength is your strength.

Our financial aid budget is more than $54 million; it’s dedicated exclusively to students with need. Our average annual scholarship aid award—money that does not need to be repaid—is more than $35,000. Our no-loan and reduced-loan programs mean that our graduates leave Wellesley with some of the lowest debt (in many cases none at all) of any students in the country.

4. “Value” is tangible and intangible.

Our scholarships, our funded internships, our programs supporting research and study abroad and innovative projects on campus and in communities around the world have a tangible value. Our libraries, our scientific equipment, our playing fields, our art museum, our collaborative relationships with MIT and other fine colleges and universities... you could put a number on that. But it all adds up to something more. And it may not even mean as much as the example (and the active involvement) of our alumnae, tens of thousands of extraordinarily accomplished, fiercely loyal women who are living proof of the value of a Wellesley education.

4.5. A necessary reminder for international applicants.

Some (but not all!) of the above applies only to domestic students. Please visit our pages for prospective international students to find out more about financial aid.

Related

No Debt

Since 2008, Wellesley has replaced all loans with grants in financial aid packages for low income families, while admission has remained need blind.


Low Debt

In 2011, Kiplinger ranked Wellesley among the top 10 private institutions in the country for students graduating with the least amount of debt. The average debt load was just about $13,500.