Creating Access and Opportunity

Middlebury offers an intensive, personalized education that can be matched by few other colleges or universities. It prepares students not only to be successful, but to live creatively, ethically, and responsibly in an increasingly global society. This kind of education nourishes those who are fortunate enough to experience it, but it also has a wider impact, preparing leaders who are fit to direct the institutions, shape the issues, and solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

Such a life-changing, world-shaping education is possible only when students from a variety of backgrounds are able to participate in it. It requires a diverse student body, including young men and women shaped by different social and economic circumstances, coming from every state and many other countries, reflecting a variety of cultures, traditions, and beliefs.

Living, studying, competing, and playing together, our students help to teach one another how to thrive in our diverse and complex world. They bring their eagerness, talents, curiosity, and drive. Middlebury must provide the financial support that makes it possible for them to come.

That is why building a strong, stable source of financial aid for the undergraduate College, the Language Schools, and Bread Loaf is the College's top fundraising priority.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Middlebury is one of the few American colleges committed to educating all accepted students, regardless of their ability to pay. This need-blind admissions policy means that students are admitted on the basis of who they are and who they can become, not on how much their parents can afford. It allows the College to admit exceptional students from all backgrounds and all over the world, eager to share their wide-ranging life experiences, interests, and viewpoints.

Four out of 10 Middlebury undergraduates receive financial aid. Each student’s circumstances are evaluated: Does the family have other children in college? Are the parents nearing retirement age? These and many other factors could warrant financial aid for a student whose family at first glance might not seem to qualify. And even students who do not get a financial aid package are heavily subsidized. Tuition and fees cover only 63 percent of the real cost of a Middlebury education.

Graduate Financial Aid

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Through the Davis Fellows
for Peace Program, the late Kathryn Davis has helped hundreds of students
study critical languages.

Increased support for financial aid is also the primary fundraising priority for the graduate programs—the Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Language Schools, and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and scholastic and professional achievement. The primary reason applicants cite for turning down a chance to attend is cost. Gifts for financial aid provide the flexibility to make more scholarship support available to students, including mid-career professionals who wish to enroll in these programs but cannot afford the cost.

How You Can Help

There is no more important gift you can make to Middlebury this year than a gift for financial aid. Whether you support an annual scholarship that be spent entirely in the current year or build an endowed scholarship fund, you will help today's outstanding students realize their potential. Funding a scholarship is like dropping a pebble into a pond; the ripples reach farther than you can foresee.