Vassar College


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


Books & Supplies



$540 (average)



Health Insurance


Required Fees




How Costs Are Covered (annually)



Federal Work-Study


Student Summer Work Contribution


Parent Contribution


Student Savings


Student Loan




Policy Regarding Outside Scholarships
Outside scholarships may be used to reduce a student's work-study contribution and/or their summer work contribution. Scholarships in excess of $4,100 (for the first year) will reduce the Vassar Scholarship.

Policy on Health Insurance
Vassar requires all students to have health insurance, either through their parents or another plan. If the student is not covered by a parental plan, the Vassar Scholarship will be increased to cover the $1,965 student insurance plan.

Policy on Travel Allowance
The costs associated with transportation to and from college at the beginning and end of each semester are factored into the Cost of Attendance and the financial aid offered. The amount will vary depending on the distance between home and Vassar. It is expected that this expense will be paid for from the student contribution and/or work-study.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award
In order to maintain this award, students must submit all requested materials by the financial aid deadline in subsequent years. Failure to do so may result in a student loan as part of the financial aid award. 

Other Details
Students are expected to contribute 25% of their personal savings toward college expenses. This will be used along with work-study and summer income to cover the costs of travel, books & supplies, personal expenses, and any remaining balance on your student account bill. The cost of travel will vary depending on student location.

The expected contribution from student work will increase every year, as follows:

  • First year: $2,400 (work-study), $1,700 (summer work)

  • Second year: $2,700 (work-study), $2,000 (summer work)

  • Third year: $3,000 (work-study), $2,000 (summer work)

  • Fourth year: $3,000 (work-study), $2,000 (summer work)

The work-study amounts are based on working 8 hours per week during your first year, 9 hours per week your second year, and 10 hours per week during your third and fourth years.