Changing Lives, Changing the World

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

The Growing Need

Today, more than 1,000 students—44 percent of the total student body—rely on financial aid to attend Middlebury, up from 39 percent just a few years ago. In the Classes of 2018 and 2019, the percentage is higher: 48 percent of each class is receiving need-based scholarship support.

Middlebury has a need-blind admissions policy for U.S. students—a policy followed by only 3 percent of colleges and universities nationwide. That means we admit the most qualified and compelling students without regard to their ability to pay. The College is need aware—meaning financial circumstances are one among many factors considered—for international students, transfer students, and wait-listed students.

Once students are admitted, Middlebury meets their full demonstrated need. These policies allow 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. We consider financial aid money well spent—an investment in our community and in the future.

Only 21 percent of the undergraduate financial-aid budget is covered by endowed funds designated for that purpose. That figure is low compared to our peer schools with larger endowments, creating both a need for support and an opportunity for donors to have a powerful effect.

Special Scholarships

In addition to general support for financial aid, the College is raising funds to support three specific groups of students: