Tuition Grants

Need-Based Tuition Grant

Admission to Stanford Summer Session is based on academic merit, on a need-blind basis. If you would like to apply for our tuition grant, you may do so as part of the application process.

Tuition grants are determined by financial need and are intended to assist students who would otherwise not be able to attend Stanford Summer Session. Tuition grants are awarded in the form of partial aid applied to the student's university bill.

Tuition grants cover a portion of the total cost and you and your families should be prepared to pay a majority of the program expenses. We recommend checking with your guidance counselors and others in your communities about alternative sources of financial assistance. Application fee waivers are not available for Stanford Summer Session.

If you would like to apply for tuition grant, we recommend completing your application in the Early Decision round. Though applications for tuition grants are open through rolling admissions, tuition grant funds are limited and may not be available* for students who apply in rolling admissions. If a tuition grant is awarded, the award is provided at the time of the admission decision and must be accepted within the timeframe stated in the formal admission offer email.

*Please note that all tuition grant funds for 2020 have been awarded.

Tuition Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for a tuition grant, you must be a U.S. domestic student, complete the Stanford Summer Session application, and indicate on the application that you wish to apply for a tuition grant. Applicants will need to upload the following documents when applying for a tuition grant:

Undergraduate/Graduate students:

Upload your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) document from your most recent Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

High School students:

Upload your family’s most recent U.S. Federal tax return document (Form 1040) showing you as a dependent and the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) visible. Alternatively, if you are eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, you may submit your eligibility letter or a letter from your school administration indicating your eligibility.

Stanford Summer Session tuition grants are awarded based on internal policies which differ from those used by Stanford University in calculating financial aid packages for matriculated students. Specific information about required documentation for the tuition grant is available in the application. We reserve the right to request further documentation regarding family income, as needed. All financial information is confidential.

Please note that Stanford Summer Session is not an eligible program for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Special Scholarship Opportunities

Veteran Students

Stanford Summer Session offers a full-scholarship opportunity for military veterans in their first two years of study who are headed towards a four-year degree or beyond. The Stanford Veteran Accelerator program partners with you to build on your significant experience and further develop important academic skills needed to thrive at a four-year institution. The scholarship program will cover all expenses, including tuition and fees, housing in one of our residence halls, a 19-meal-per-week dining plan, and a $500 book stipend.

Horizon Scholars

The Stanford Horizon Scholars Program offers up to 12 low-income, high-achieving, California rising high school seniors the opportunity to attend Stanford Summer Session.  The scholarship program will cover all expenses, including tuition and fees, housing in one of our residence halls, a 19-meal-per-week dining plan and college preparation workshops.

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