New Students Additional Information and Disclosures
|Program Costs 2015-2016|
|Fee for instruction (30 credits)||$49,680|
|General College Fee||$880|
|Student Activities Fee||$224|
|Health Services Fee||$250|
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Student Accident/Sickness Insurance
|Students on Partial Programs 2015-2016|
|Fee for instruction, per credit||$1,656|
|General College Fee, per semester||$220|
|Student Activities Fee, per semester||$56|
Matriculated students may not enroll in less-than-full-time programs unless there are special circumstances that have been approved by the Dean of Studies Office. In such cases, students will be charged according to the number of credits registered. Students from the Center for Continuing Education may register for less than a full-time load without prior approval of the Dean of Studies Office and are charged on a per-credit basis.
Maintenance of Matriculation Fee
Students on leave from the College, or on an off-campus year, who wish to maintain their matriculation status, are charged a fee. For students on a voluntary leave who are not studying in other programs, the fee is $300 for any part of the academic year they are on leave. Students studying in non-Sarah Lawrence programs will be charged a $2,000 matriculation fee each semester when attending programs in cities where Sarah Lawrence runs its own program or has an exchange program. Students attending programs in cities where Sarah Lawrence does not offer a study abroad or exchange program will be charged a $750 matriculation fee each semester. Visit the International and Exchange Programs site for information on Sarah Lawrence programs.
One-time TAP Waiver Request
Students who failed to make satisfactory academic progress or pursue the program of study, or both in the same term, may request a one-time waiver of satisfactory academic progress.
Waiver requests will be considered for students who can document an extenuating circumstance or an isolated incident that prevented the student from meeting the good academic requirements for that TAP payment. Not all students who fail to satisfy the good academic standing requirements are necessarily candidates for a waiver. For example, “difficulty adjusting to college life” is not a reasonable basis for a waiver, since that circumstance might apply to many students. Situations that caused a student to lose good academic standing should be beyond the student’s control, not chronic circumstances that cannot be remedied. With the additional term that results from approval of the waiver, a student should be able to regain good standing.
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Terms and Conditions
Your financial aid offer is considered conditional until Sarah Lawrence College has completed the Verification process. These awards are based on the 2015-2016 Profile application and actual tax return information we have received from you. The College reserves the right to revise these awards as necessary, for example should you receive any external funds not included in the award or changes in your financial circumstances during the year. To retain this offer, you must make satisfactory academic progress throughout the year. Your award assumes you will be attending Sarah Lawrence on a full-time basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
More than 70% of Sarah Lawrence students receive some form of financial aid. The amount received is determined by a student’s demonstrated need.
How is financial need determined?
In determining a student’s demonstrated need, Sarah Lawrence subscribes to the practice and procedures of federal and institutional methodology as published by the US Department of Education and the College Scholarship Service. The formulas consider necessary family expenditures; including living costs, outstanding medical expenses and costs for siblings’ college tuition.
Financial need is determined by subtracting your family contribution from the total cost of education. In addition to tuition and room and board, we consider books, supplies, travel, and personal expenses as costs related to attending college.
Also, students are expected to contribute 50% of their income and 25% of their assets toward the cost of their own education. The minimum expected contribution from a first-year student is $1350. For all others, the minimum expected contribution is $1500.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Sarah Lawrence requires every student seeking financial aid to complete the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile). US Citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are also required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When filling out the FAFSA, please refer to the FSA ID Info Sheet to set up a secure username and password. In addition to these two forms, we require signed, completed copies of both your and your parents’ Federal Tax Returns for the year preceding the one in which you are applying for admission.
If your parents are legally separated or divorced, we also require that your non-custodial parent file and return the CSS Profile Non-Custodial Parent Statement (NCPS), which will be available directly from CSS upon receipt and processing of your application. The form may also be accessed at ncprofile.collegeboard.com.
Please see Financial Aid Deadlines for application deadlines.
- How is my aid affected when a sibling attends college at the same time?
As long as your sibling is enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate degree program, your family contribution is divided equally between the two of you. Siblings attending graduate of professional programs should not be reported as family members attending college.
- What if my family situation is complicated?
Sarah Lawrence recognizes that families come in many shapes and sizes. Our Financial Aid Counselors are happy to help students navigate whatever situation in which they may find themselves.
- How can I become an independent student?
Sarah Lawrence College follows the Department of Education’s rules and regulations in determining dependency. If you are dependent at the time of admission, you remain so throughout your undergraduate years (for Sarah Lawrence Funds only). Please visit the Federal Student Aid site for more information regarding federal dependency status.
- What are the standard elements of a financial aid package at Sarah Lawrence?
Federal and Institutional grants, student loans, and student employment are the three elements of a typical Sarah Lawrence financial aid package.
- What scholarships and/or grants are available?
Sarah Lawrence offers three types of scholarships—merit scholarships, which are awarded at the discretion of the Office of Admission at the time of admission and are retained for all four years if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress; donor scholarships, awarded to returning students who have financial need and have demonstrated academic achievement, which are awarded at the discretion of the faculty and do not require an additional application; and Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid.
What is Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid?
Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid is a form of SLC-specific need based aid, similar to a scholarship in that it does not need to be repaid. Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid is directly applicable to any tuition, fee, or room and board expenses incurred while a student is enrolled at Sarah Lawrence or one of its overseas programs. You are not required to accept a loan or work offer in order to receive Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is available for the first 120 credits attempted toward completion of the bachelor’s degree for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. Full-time transfer students may be eligible for Gift Aid up to but not exceeding the difference between the number of credits transferred to Sarah Lawrence and the 120 credits needed to earn a bachelor’s degree. In all instances, additional aid is not awarded to cover the loss of academic credits.
- What Federal Grants are available?
Federal Pell and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded to students who meet the eligibility criteria as established by the Department of Education. All financial aid applicants who are US Citizens apply by completing the FAFSA. Students eligible for Pell funds may also be eligible for Federal SEOG. This grant is awarded after the Office of Financial Aid obtains the official results of your FAFSA from the Department of Education. For more information, please visit the Federal Pell site.
- What state grants are available?
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is available to all eligible New York State residents. New York residents who complete the FAFSA will be sent a separate TAP application which they must complete and file by the stated deadline. For more information, explore the New York State site.
Rhode Island, Vermont, Michigan, and Washington DC offer grant programs to their residents who attend New York colleges. Contact the state education department or your high school guidance/college counselor for further information.
- What Federal Student Loans are available?
A student loan is an obligation that must be repaid after you complete your degree or cease to be enrolled. Sarah Lawrence commonly awards two types of federally administered student loans: the Perkins Loan and the Federal Direct Student Loan, both of which are funded by the federal government.
Federal Perkins Loans are awarded to students who demonstrate the greatest need. This loan carries a 5% interest rate which begins to accrue nine months after graduation or as soon as the borrower drops below half-time status. Repayment also begins at that time and usually continues over a 10 year period.
There are two types of Federal Direct Student Loans. If you demonstrate “need,” you are eligible for a subsidized loan on which the Federal Government pays interest as it accrues until the start of your grace period or if you drop below half-time status. If you do not demonstrate “need,” you are eligible for an unsubsidized student loan, on which the interest must be paid while you are in school. As with the subsidized loan, repayment of the principal amount begins six months after you graduate or drop below half-time status. Repayment of either type of loan can be made over a 10- to 15- year period. The federal government charges an origination fee for student loans. These fees are deducted from each semester’s check.
Further information regarding Federal Student Loans is available on our Federal Student Loans page.
- How do I apply for Federal Student Loans once my eligibility is determined?
If you are eligible for Federal Student Loans, you will be notified in your financial aid award letter from the Office of Financial Aid. You will then complete a Student Loan Acceptance Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid. Next, you must complete an entrance counseling interview and Master Promissory Note by visiting www.studentloans.gov. Once this Master Promissory Note is filed, the funds from your loan will be made available to your account through the Sarah Lawrence College Office of Student Accounts.
- What about Federal Loans for parents?
The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a program whereby credit-worthy parents may borrow the total cost of their child’s education minus any financial aid awarded to the student.
Parents who wish to apply should complete the PLUS Loan Authorization Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid for certification before completing a PLUS Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov.
Further information regarding the Federal PLUS loan can be found on our Federal Student Loans page.
- What is Federal Work Study?
Federal Work Study is campus-based aid program awarded to students who demonstrate the greatest need. In order to receive funds, students must acquire a job on campus and put in the requisite hours. Students will receive a check for hours worked from the Payroll Office on a semi-weekly basis.
Work Study funds are earned over the course of the year and are not deducted from either semester’s bill.
The first four weeks of the fall semester are reserved for the hiring of Federal Work Study students.
- How does student employment work?
All students are welcome to seek employment on campus. After the first four weeks of the semester – which are reserved for the hiring of Federal Work Study students – campus jobs are available to all students. The Office of Student Employment will be available to assist you in the job search process. You will receive a paycheck every two weeks for work already performed.
In order to be paid, students must complete a Student Employment Contract and I-9 Employment Form, available at the Financial Aid Office, as well as a W-4 form, available in the Payroll Office. Students CANNOT begin working until these three forms are completed.
How will I receive notice of my financial aid award?
If you are an incoming applicant (first time Sarah Lawrence student) and you file the necessary forms by the stated deadlines, you will receive notification of your award in early April. Returning applicants will be notified in early May if the required financial forms and tax returns are received by the deadlines.
Late applicants for financial aid will be notified on a rolling basis based on when their application was completed. Since our financial aid resources are limited, funding may not be available to late applicants.
- How do I accept my award?
To accept your award and have the aid credited to your student account, you must submit all documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid no later than the stated deadlines. Renewal of financial aid is NOT automatic. Forms, including the FAFSA and CSS Profile must be filed by the stated deadlines EACH YEAR of attendance. Recipients must continue to demonstrate financial need and maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible.
- What about other non-Sarah Lawrence based financial assistance?
In addition to the aid components available to Sarah Lawrence for inclusion in your package, we recommend several other financing options.
Scholarships are awarded by many foundations, civic and religious organizations, and affinity groups to academically talented students. You should report any financial assistance awarded from an outside organization to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. Adjustments to your financial aid award may be required according to the sources involved. In most cases, our office will reduce the loan portions of your financial aid award so that your total award does not exceed your need.
Students and parents of students are also welcome to apply for alternative (non-federal) loans. Sarah Lawrence is not affiliated with and does not endorse any particular lender. Any lenders listed on the Elm Select page are there only because Sarah Lawrence families have used them in the past.
- Whether or not I qualify for aid, are there other payment or loan options available to help my family meet college costs?
Yes. Sarah Lawrence offers a 10-month payment plan administered through the Sarah Lawrence Office Student Accounts. Please call (914) 395-2550 for more information on this plan.
In addition, many lenders dealing in private or alternative student loans do not require that a student demonstrate need.
- What happens to my financial aid if I study off-campus?
If you are studying overseas on one of Sarah Lawrence’s programs, all aid for which you are eligible will be applied to the cost of the program—including Sarah Lawrence Gift Aid. If you are studying at another college, or through another school’s program, you and the Office of Financial Aid at your host institution will need to complete a Consortium Agreement with the Sarah Lawrence Office of Financial Aid. Through this agreement, the Stafford Loans, PLUS loans, and Pell Grant monies will be applied to the cost of that program.
Does Sarah Lawrence College offer financial aid for summer courses?
No. Financial aid is only offered for the fall and spring semesters.