Princeton University

Bursaries and Scholarships

Princeton's aid programme is designed to encourage all qualified students – regardless of financial circumstances – to consider applying for admission. There is no income cut off on our aid application; any family who feels they may need help paying for a Princeton education is welcome to apply for aid.

Princeton financial aid is awarded solely based on need; there are no merit scholarships 

Princeton’s financial aid packages include the following kinds of aid:

  • Grant funds – need-based grants (which are the same as scholarships or gift aid) are awarded to students from a variety of sources, including University endowments, annual gifts and federal and state programmes.  
  • Campus employment – students are offered part-time campus jobs as part of the financial aid award.
  • External scholarships – students may receive funding from sources outside Princeton, such as the National Merit or local community scholarships. Students apply for these awards separately from their Princeton financial aid application. Outside awards are used first to reduce the student earnings portion of the aid package — the campus job and summer savings expectations. Funds left over can be put towards the cost of a personal computer, and any remaining awards will be applied to Princeton grants.