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First Year Students

A college education is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your future. If Sweet Briar College is your choice, we will work closely with you to help you manage this investment.

Once you qualify for admission, you also may qualify for need-based assistance, academic awards or both. Need-based financial aid is offered to families who demonstrate the need for additional resources to afford Sweet Briar's total cost.

If your family demonstrates need, the College's Office of Financial Aid will send you an award letter and packet of explanatory information detailing the full amount and individual sources of your assistance.

Typically, a need-based award is composed of:

  • Scholarships and/or grants (money which does not have to be repaid)
  • A loan or loans (which must be repaid)
  • A job, which is money that you must earn in a campus work/study job and is intended to help you pay your personal expenses