How Is Wesleyan Affordable?

We will calculate your family contribution and meet 100% of your financial need. Check out these numbers for first-year students entering Fall 2015.

  • 46% first-year students receiving scholarships and grants to make Wesleyan affordable
  • 37% first-year scholarship recipients receiving total scholarships and grants that exceed $55,000
  • 51% first-year scholarship recipients receiving total scholarships and grants that equal or exceed the tuition amount ($49,274)
  • 84% first-year scholarship recipients receiving total scholarships and grants that exceed $25,000
  • $5,905 average net price for families with annual income below $30,000*
  • $9,565 average net price for families with annual income between $30,000 and $60,000*
  • $19,065 average net price for families with annual incomes between $60,000 and $90,000*

*Net price equals cost of attendance ($65,443) minus total grant aid. Families help meet the net price with family income and assets, student loans, and student employment. The net price in the lower income range is inflated by a few families with unusually high assets relative to their income. Numbers do not include international non-U.S. citizens.

No Loan/Reduced-Loan Policy

Most families who earn less than $60,000 will be offered a financial aid package that is without loans. Most families who are Federal Pell eligible and who earn more than $60,000 will be offered a reduced-loan package. Wesleyan asks students at family income levels above $60,000 to borrow no more than a combined total of $19,000 over the course of their entire Wesleyan undergraduate education: $3,500 as a first-year, $4,500 as a sophomore, $5,500 as a junior and $5,500 as a senior.

Affordability Initiative

The Three-Year Option

In addition to our robust need-based financial aid programs, we have an additional initiative to keep Wesleyan affordable. We offer you the opportunity to complete your degree requirements (32 credits) in three years. This option could save families approximately 20% of the total costs of the B.A. degree. By using two AP or IB or A-level exam credits and three Wesleyan summer sessions, you do not have to take an increased courseload during any semester. If you choose this option, you should expect to choose your major early in the sophomore year, leaving ample time to complete the degree requirements. 

We encourage you to apply for aid to see how affordable Wesleyan can be. If you do not think you will qualify for need-based aid but still need help meeting college costs, please review the financing information on our Financial Aid website. We offer information on federal student and parent loans that are available regardless of need as well as other financing options including a monthly payment plan.