Princeton financial aid is awarded solely based on need; there are no merit scholarships. We consider an applicant's talents and achievements only in relation to admission. Academic and athletic merits are not considered when awarding aid. Admission is need-blind for all applicants, including international students. Need-blind admission means that applying for aid is not in any way a disadvantage in the admission process, ensuring equality of opportunity for low- and middle-income students.
Need is determined through a careful review of each family's individual financial circumstances. Personal attention is given to every admitted student's aid application, taking into account special circumstances and professional judgment in determining aid awards. Your grant may vary based on the Financial Aid Office's evaluation of your individual family's resources, including assets other than the family home or retirement funds.