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 2018.

  • 50% first-year financial aid recipients receiving total scholarships and grants that exceed $55,000
  • 81% first-year financial aid recipients receiving total scholarships and grants that exceed $25,000
  • $3,950 typical net price for families with annual income below $30,000 ($0 parent contribution, $1,200 student summer earnings contribution, and $2,750 student workstudy)
  • $5,750 typical net price for families with annual income between $30,000 and $60,000* ($1,800 parent contribution, $1,200 student summer earnings contribution, $3,500 student loan, and $2,750 student workstudy)
  • $12,450 typical net price for families with annual income between $60,000 and $90,000* ($5,000 parent contribution, $1,200 student summer earnings contribution, $3,500 student loan, and $2,750 student workstudy)
  • 44% first-year students receiving scholarships and grants to make Wesleyan affordable

*Net price equals cost of attendance ($72,639) minus total grant aid. Families help meet the net price with family income and assets, student loans, and student employment. Numbers do not include international non-U.S. citizens.

Financial Aid Initiatives

Wesleyan is committed to enrolling a student body that is socio-economically diverse.  To make a Wesleyan education even more affordable, we are very excited to announce the following financial aid initiatives:

No Loan

Most families who earn less than $60,000 (with typical assets) are offered a financial aid package with an additional $3,500 for freshmen, $4,500 for sophomores, $5,500 for juniors, and $5,500 for seniors in Wesleyan scholarship that replaces the standard loan package.

Reduced Loan

Most families whose incomes are between $60,000 - $80,000 (with typical assets) are offered a financial aid package with an additional Wesleyan scholarship that reduces the loan package to $2,250 for first-year (from $3,500), $3,250 for sophomores (from $4,500), $4,250 for juniors (from $5,500), and $4,250 for seniors (from $5,500).

Reduced Student Contribution

Most families with parental contributions of $10,000 or less are offered a financial aid package with a reduced student contribution from summer earnings.

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.