Tuition & Costs

Wellesley is committed to meeting the
demonstrated need of every admitted student.

Resident Students Comprehensive Fee 2013-2014
Tuition $43,288
Student Activity Fee $266
Room $6,846
Meal Plan $6,642
Total $57,042


Affording Wellesley

When assessing a student's financial need, we go beyond tuition, room, and meal plan and look at expenses like books, personal items, and travel for students who live at a distance. The College is eager to work individually with families and their unique circumstances in order to make Wellesley affordable. Wellesley’s financial support also subsidizes summer internships as well as international study and U.S. exchange programs.

Full participation in student life at Wellesley will not break the bank, either; virtually all events on campus are free.

For detailed tuition and cost information, or to learn about costs for nonresident and other students (e.g., Davis Scholars or postbaccalaureate students), or to learn about the costs for Wintersession and Summer Session, see the Detailed Tuition & Costs page.


Financial Aid Calculator


$53 Million

Wellesley's financial aid budget is $53.5 million for 2011-12. More than half of Wellesley students receive aid.


The average financial award for 2011-2012 was $38,413, provided through work-study, loans, and grants.


Of the average yearly financial award, 95 percent came in the form of scholarship—a gift or grant from Wellesley that does not have to be repaid.


Wellesley ranks #6 among its academic peers for economic diversity.