Costs & Aid

Financing Your Education

Barnard represents an investment not only in your future, but also in your intellectual growth and personal development. We are committed to offering a Barnard education to all students, regardless of financial circumstances.

Need-Blind Admissions

Barnard practices need-blind admissions for domestic first-year applications and does not consider a student's financial need when evaluating the admissions application. This means a family's financial circumstances do not impact the student's admission decision for first-year US citizens and permanent residents.

Barnard has limited funding for International first-year applicants and Fall domestic transfer applicants and students admitted off of the waiting list. Therefore, Barnard is need-aware and does consider financial need as a factor when reviewing these applications.

Financial Aid Based on Need

Barnard's financial aid process is designed to foster equity, access, and diversity. Our policies reflect our commitment to making Barnard a realistic option for families, regardless of finances, and ensuring qualified applicants are able to afford to attend. All financial aid at Barnard is awarded based solely on demonstrated need. We do not offer any merit awards.

The Financial Aid Office determines a family's need using income and asset information, as well as household information, as reported on the CSS Profile and FAFSA. Barnard meets 100% of a family's demonstrated need in the form of grants, loans, and job opportunities. 

Applying for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is committed to making a Barnard education affordable and is here to support families as they plan to finance their education at Barnard. Students who wish to apply for aid must do so at the same time they apply for admission, and all required financial aid materials must be received by the financial aid deadline. Review instructions to apply for financial aid.

Helpful Resources for the Financial Aid Process

  • The Net Price and MyinTuition Calculators will provide families with an estimate of their eligibility for need-based aid at Barnard in order to help them evaluate next steps.

  • Our Apply for Aid page lists detailed instructions for all applicants as well as a full list of documents required to apply for financial aid. First year applicants will need to submit all required documents through the Barnard applicant portal. 

    • Barnard does not participate in The College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC).

  • Visit the Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions associated with the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid Facts


Percentage of all Barnard students receiving need-based financial aid in 2022-2023


Average total need-based grant for all Barnard students in 2022-2023


Average financial indebtedness of recent graduates (class of 2022)

Financial Aid Office Website

The Financial Aid Office website provides valuable information regarding all financial aid processes and policies at Barnard.