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Endowed Need-Based Scholarships

Stanford's long-standing practice of need-blind admission is backed by a promise to meet the full demonstrated need of all U.S. undergraduates throughout their four years on campus. Only a handful of colleges and universities can uphold such a pledge.

Scholarship funds endowed in perpetuity are the foundation of this commitment. By establishing an endowed need-based scholarship, you can:

  • Support a community that includes diverse insights, perspectives, and questions
  • Open doors to life-changing opportunities
  • Benefit the world, as graduates from all walks of life become leaders in their communities and their workplaces

Staying Accessible

Recent enhancements to Stanford’s financial aid program affirm the university’s pledge to provide access to students across the economic spectrum:

  • Students from families earning less than $65,000 a year pay no tuition, room, or board.
  • Students from families earning less than $150,000 (as of 2020–21) a year do not pay tuition.
  • Many students from families with higher incomes (particularly those with more than one child in college) also qualify for financial aid assistance.
  • All students are expected to contribute to their education through summer job income, part-time campus work, and/or outside scholarships, if available.
  • Students are not required to take out loans, making it possible for all aid recipients to graduate debt free.

A Critical and Accelerating Need

Today, approximately half of Stanford undergraduates depend on need-based aid from the university. In coming years, the percentage of students requiring aid, as well as the overall amount of aid granted to students, is likely to increase substantially as Stanford seeks to further diversify its population.

  • Stanford has nearly tripled its funding for need-based financial aid since 2006.
  • In recent years, Stanford has relied on a larger share of the university’s general funds to meet the growing need for financial aid, redirecting resources that would otherwise be available for other educational and research priorities.
  • For the next three to five years, the combined funding from endowed scholarships and expendable gifts like The Stanford Fund still leaves a projected shortfall of approximately $40-$50 million per year.

Stanford's commitment to need-blind admission stands firm. That is why raising endowed scholarships remain one of the university's highest fundraising priorities.