Affordability and Value


Bennington is committed to putting an education within the reach of students with financial need. The financial aid application is actually a conversation and we are here to help you get the education you deserve. Over 92% of Bennington students receive some form of financial aid, and these packages average $33,000 annually per student.

*All data pertains to the domestic student body as of Fall 2019 unless otherwise noted.


Average aid from Bennington is $33,000 per year. 


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Each year, Bennington awards over $24 million in Bennington aid to more than 700 students.


The average aid award after loans, grants, and scholarships is $43,500.     

Around $72,000

What a Bennington education costs. 


What a Bennington education costs after scholarships and grants. 



After grants, scholarships, loans and work, this is what the average student pays.


Total Aid Package with Bennington Aid, Grants, Loans, and Work

a table showing average scholarships by family income



92% Receive Aid

Our Financial Aid team is committed to helping Bennington students afford their college education. *data as of January 2021


24% are Pell-Eligible

24% of our undergraduate students are Pell Eligible. *data as of January 2021

19% are First-Gen

19% of the undergraduate population at Bennington are the first in their families to attend a four-year college. *data as of Fall 2020

18.6% Are Domestic Students of Color

*data as of Fall 2018

17% are International Students

*data as of Fall 2018

62% Hold On-Campus Jobs

*data as of Fall 2018 


Bennington College graduates land on their feet financially. On average, Bennington graduates leave with less debt than other graduates from private colleges, and their low default rate—only 2.8%, as compared to 11.8% nationally—shows that Bennington graduates are prepared to manage their financial obligations and are employable.  

Within one year of graduation, 96% of Bennington graduates are employed or pursuing continuing education, and these careers involve meaningful work in their desired fields. 80% of Bennington graduates report that they feel engaged at work: more than double the national average of 39%. No pencil-pushing, paper shuffling, or coffee fetching here! 

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Visit our Apply page to get started. Admissions applications begin in August for the following fall term. 

Financial aid applications begin in October. Don’t forget the FAFSA, which opens nationwide in October. Try the FAFSA 4 Caster today to get a sense of your expected family contribution.

Don’t assume you aren’t eligible for financial aid. Everyone should apply!

  1. CSS Profile  
  2. Bennington Application
  3. FAFSA (Domestic students only)


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