In 2021, tuition for full-time Bennington College students was $58,848 a year.
In 2021, tuition increased 2.61%–from $57,350 the prior year. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.
If this makes attending the college of your dreams feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students owe a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college until you're done with college.
Bennington College is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Vermont as it does for students who live in other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Take the time to verify your state's rules for as an in-state resident. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.
Tuition at Bennington College is the same for all students.
Students from outside of the U.S. are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may be eligible for private or Bennington College-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Bennington College:
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.
Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Bennington College.
Housing and campus dining at Bennington College costs $17,210 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the Bennington College's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities. Students who do not live on-campus but still want to use the dining facilities can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $9,350.
Meal-plan costs can depend on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus
First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
Most schools also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at Bennington College pay $790 in fees every year they are enrolled.
There may be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools offer resources so that those with demonstrated need to get help covering these costs.
The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in an urban area is usually pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. Bennington Collegeis located in a small town setting in Vermont, near Albany and NY.
When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to factor in personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.
Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for Bennington College.
|2021 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$17,210|
|Total Estimated Costs|
The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
The majority of Bennington College undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 394 of the 697 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Bennington College meets 83% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $48,907 a year. Around 59% of Bennington College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Bennington College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $28,854 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Bennington College-Specific Loans||$0|
|Most Common Loans for Bennington College Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Bennington College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2021, Bennington College awarded 394 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $16 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $8.29 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Bennington College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Bennington College was $48,907 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Bennington College seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Bennington College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Bennington College's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Bennington College does not have guaranteed tuition.
A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Bennington College students.
Bennington College offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.
Bennington College has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - International Students - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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