Stanford University Scholarships, USA


When considering a Stanford education, you and your family may be concerned about the high costs. The Financial Aid Office is ready to help. We view the financing of your educational costs as a partnership between you (the student), your family and the University. Our aid program is designed to ensure that your family’s economic circumstances will not prevent you from being able to enroll at Stanford.

Determining Eligibility

Our financial aid program is need-based, meaning that all aid eligibility is determined by your family’s financial circumstances. While you and your parents have the primary responsibility for paying for college, financial aid can bridge the gap between the total costs and your ability to pay.

We use a standard method to carefully review your family’s financial circumstances and establish an expected contribution from you and your parents. If we determine that you cannot meet the student budget based on that calculated amount, we will award or recommend scholarships, grants or other resources to help you.

Average Scholarship/Grant for the Class of 2025

The average amount of Scholarship and Grant from all sources received by need-based aid recipients in the current freshman class is $62,557. This includes $57,495 average scholarship from Stanford as well as grant funds received from federal, state and private resources. The table below shows the average total scholarship and grant by income range for dependent students whose families live in the United States.

Total (Gross) Family Income Average Scholarship and Grant Average Net Cost % of applicants who qualify for scholarship aid from Stanford
Less than $ 75,000 82,356 4,118 99%
75,000 – 100,000 73,906 8,180 96%
100,000 – 125,000 66,256 14,404 100%
125,000 – 150,000 59,971 20,840 100%
150,000 – 175,000 51,210 29,558 94%
175,000 – 200,000 43,745 36,913 89%
200,000 – 225,000 35,663 44,956 93%
225,000 – 250,000 34,040 46,665 90%
250,000 – 275,000* 23,146 57,471 63%
275,000 – 300,000* 21,768 58,897 56%
Greater than $300,000* 19,498 61,145 29%
*most who qualify have 2 (or more) children in college

Eligibility for Stanford Scholarship funds is based not only on family income level, but also on the size of the family, number of family members in college and family assets among other factors.  This explains why not every applicant at a particular income level may qualify for assistance.

Average Net Cost is the amount of the average individual student budget that’s not covered by gift funds, in other words, the amount for which the student and parents, when appropriate, are responsible. Direct costs such as tuition, mandatory fees, room and board as well as indirect costs like books and supplies, a reasonable allowance for personal expenses and round trip travel expenses to and from home and campus are included in this calculation.

Prospective students and parents are encouraged to use our Net Price Calculator to obtain an individualized estimate of eligibility for need-based financial aid from Stanford.

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