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Grants & Scholarships

Dartmouth Scholarships

Once the self-help (job/loan) portion of a financial aid package has been determined and all outside resources have been included, the remaining need is met with Dartmouth scholarship funds. Dartmouth Scholarships are need-based and are awarded to students without legal expectation of repayment. Amounts vary, but in general the scholarship award will make up the difference in need after all components of the package have been awarded. They may range from $1,000 to over $50,000, depending on the expected family contribution and the cost of attendance. Dartmouth scholarship is limited to 12 terms of enrollment.

During their time at Dartmouth, some students will be selected as recipients of one or more of our over 750 endowed scholarship funds.  No separate application is required; students are selected to meet the particular preferences associated with each fund.  These awards do not represent additional aid beyond that already awarded, but simply that the scholarship funds already awarded to the student are now coming from a specific funding source rather than from the general scholarship budget.  Most students receiving these funds are required to write their donor a note of thanks annually; many have the opportunity to correspond with or even meet their donors, which can lead to beneficial connections and potential networking opportunities.

Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are grants provided by the federal government to students who qualify on the basis of financial need as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For 2011-12, grants range from $555 to $5,550.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Funded by the federal government, these grants are awarded by the College to the most needy students. They vary in amount but cannot exceed $4,000 a year.

State Grant Programs

Some states, eg. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, etc., have need-based grants available for eligible undergraduate students which may be used at Dartmouth College. State grants are included in a student's overall grant eligibility.  Funds are not included in award until they are received from the state, at which time they will reduce Dartmouth scholarship, dollar-for-dollar.

New for 11-12 - Because New Hampshire has not funded its state grant program for this year, some other states have or will discontinue the portability of their grants to NH schools.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for the most recent information about your state's grant program.

Outside Scholarships

Many Dartmouth students receive scholarships from external sources.  Students who receive scholarships from external sources can use funds to reduce the loan and/or job (self-help) portions of their financial aid packages.  If the outside scholarship is greater than the self-help level, the family responsibility can be reduced to the federal level.  Dartmouth scholarship is reduced as a last resort.

Veteran's Benefits

Veteran's benefits are included as a resource in the determination of eligibility for Dartmouth scholarship awards.  The financial aid award adjustment for VA Benefit eligibility is similar to the outside scholarship adjustment - self help(job/loan) is reduced before the Dartmouth scholarship is reduced.

Dartmouth College currently participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program which supplements GI Bill benefits.  For undergraduate students enrolled full time for the 9-month academic year, the combination of the GI Bill tuition benefit and the Yellow Ribbon Program supplement will cover the standard cost of tuition and fees.

Each student receiving VA Benefits must submit a copy of the eligibility letter to the Financial Aid Office and to the Registrar.

Additional information about Veteran's Benefits is available online at:

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  Additional information about the Dartmouth College ROTC program is available online at:

Last Updated: 3/4/14