Sarah Lawrence Institutional Aid




Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Office of Admission upon admittance to the College. There is no separate application.  Recipients are chosen by admission selection committees, based on past academic and personal achievement as well as the potential for accomplishments during the student’s four years at the College.  Every student who applies to the College is automatically considered for a merit scholarship. These awards are renewed annually based on continued academic success.

Gift Aid

The majority of our financial aid is awarded in the form of need-based grants – most commonly Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid. Eligibility is determined by a family’s demonstrated need. Grants do not need to be repaid. All or a portion of your award may be underwritten by endowment funds given by generous friends of the College. If this is the case, you will be notified during the fall semester.

Institutional Aid Policies

Institutional aid is available for the first 132 credits attempted toward completion of the bachelor’s degree for first time, full-time, undergraduate students.  Full-time transfer students may be eligible for institutional aid up to, but not exceeding, the difference between the number of credits transferred to Sarah Lawrence and 132 total attempted credits.  In all instances, additional aid is not awarded to cover the loss of academic credits.

Students who have a merit scholarship from Sarah Lawrence will lose that award if suspended or if they do not meet satisfactory academic progress. Merit awards will not be reinstated.

Students studying abroad must be enrolled in one of Sarah Lawrence's study abroad programs to receive institutional aid.