Sewanee expanded its financial aid program to meet the full need of admitted students who qualify for financial aid, starting with first-time, first-year students who arrived in fall 2020. This commitment continues for students joining us August 2023.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Sewanee define meeting full need?

At Sewanee, meeting full need means your financial aid offer will cover the difference between the cost of attendance at Sewanee and your expected family contribution as calculated using the FAFSA and CSS Profile.

What does cost of attendance mean?

Sewanee’s cost of attendance includes tuition, a student activity fee, room and board, plus estimates for books, personal expenses, and a travel allowance based on your state of residence.

How does Sewanee calculate my expected family contribution?

To calculate expected family contribution, Sewanee uses both the FAFSA and CSS Profile®. For institutional funds, Sewanee considers the information you submit on both the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Eligibility for federal funds is calculated based on the FAFSA alone.

Can I find out if I qualify for need-based aid in advance?

To get a complete and accurate financial aid picture, the best thing to do is apply for admission and apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile. In the meantime, you can use the FAFSA Estimator to estimate your federal family contribution. The simple calculation for federal aid purposes is: the cost of attendance minus your expected family contribution equals your need.

If I don’t qualify for need-based aid, are there other scholarships available?

Sewanee believes in excellence as much as we do access, so we continue to offer a wide range of academic awards. Scholarships range from $4,000 to our top scholarships that cover full tuition, room and board.

Does Sewanee’s new program apply to international students?

Yes. The new program applies to all admitted first-time first-year students who qualify for financial aid. All international applicants applying for need-based aid must submit the CSS Profile and Proof of Finances.

Will my financial aid offer include loans?

Financial aid offers from Sewanee will include both federal student loans and work-study. You are not required to borrow, and you may use personal funds or outside scholarships to replace the loan portion of your package.

How do outside scholarships impact financial aid from Sewanee?

Sewanee reviews each student's situation when outside funds are included. Due to federal/state regulations and institutional aid policy, your total financial aid from all sources may not exceed our cost of attendance. Some need-based aid from Sewanee may be reduced if your outside scholarships exceed $7,350. Please contact a financial aid counselor to review your specific case.

Are there any requirements that must be met in order for financial aid to continue?

Full need will continue to be met for all four years provided students maintain satisfactory academic progress.