Princeton University


National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers are based on costs for the 2017-2018 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase.

Annual Cost of Attendance



Room & Board


Residential College Fee


Books & Supplies






Health Insurance*


Required Fees




How Costs Are Covered (annually)





Student Summer Work Contribution


Parent Contribution


Student Savings


Student Loan




Policy Regarding Outside Scholarships
Outside scholarships from private sources are used to reduce the campus job and summer savings portions of the aid package. Once the earnings amounts are fully replaced, additional outside scholarship funds can be used toward the purchase of a personal computer. Princeton grant funds are reduced only after these other options have been exhausted.

Policy on Health Insurance
*Students who are not covered by a family health insurance policy must purchase Student Health Plan coverage for $1,800. Financial aid is available to cover the health plan cost.

Policy on Travel Allowance
This estimate does not include the cost of travel, which may range between $100 and $2,500

Other Details
Students are expected to contribute 5% of their personal savings toward college expenses. This contribution will decrease the amount of the Princeton grant.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award

  • Satisfactory academic progress

Princeton University’s Financial Aid Overview 

Princeton is firmly committed to meeting the full need of every qualified student with an aid package that does not require a loan. The average aid award at Princeton is made up of 96% scholarship and 4% campus job, with zero student loan. Students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (where the family income is under $65,000) typically have no parental contribution expected. 

You can get an idea of the financial aid package you might receive by using the Princeton Financial Aid Estimator. The Estimator is a convenient calculator based on Princeton's actual financial aid formula. If you provide accurate information about your family's finances, the estimated award figured for you will be very realistic.

The Princeton award for students who have no parental contribution is shown above. Even if your family does not fall into this category, keep in mind that Princeton provides generous no-loan packages to students from a broad range of financial circumstances.