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Washington and Lee University

Office of Financial Aid

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The W&L Financial Aid Program

  • The W&L Promise: Any admitted undergraduate student from a family with income below $75,000 will receive full tuition without loans. He or she may also be eligible for additional assistance without loans for room and board, depending on demonstrated need.  Transfer students are not eligible for the W&L Promise.
  • W&L will continue to meet the full demonstrated need through grants and work-study jobs and without loans for admitted students fromfamilies in other income brackets.
  • W&L's Johnson Scholarship will continue to provide full-tuition, room-and-board scholarships without loans each year to up to 44 of the most exceptionally qualified students regardless of their family's financial circumstances. At least half of those students will have demonstrated need, and each Johnson Scholar also receives financial support for summer opportunities such as internships, research or independent projects.
  • W&L will continue to build on the success of its efforts to raise $160 million for need-based financial aid through its capital Honor the Past, Build for the Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee, in order to meet the financial aid expansion by building endowment rather than by aggressive increases in tuition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a selection from our comprehensive FAQ, which can be accessed in the top navigation, or by clicking here.
How are my full demonstrated need and my family contribution determined?

W&L uses its own formula to determine an individual's eligibility for aid using a combination of information we receive from the CSS Profile and your individual tax returns. We do take into account family size, income, taxes, living costs, number of siblings currently enrolled in college, assets, and other personal or financial circumstances that may be pertinent. The evaluation of these factors results in a family contribution, and need is determined by subtracting the family contribution from the cost of attendance for the specific academic year.