An Educated Investment
Sweet Briar has a distinctive financial aid program. It's about an academic community that is investing in you.

Sweet Briar Early Estimator

To assist you in the important process of financing a college education, we encourage you to submit our Early Estimator form to determine whether you will qualify for need-based assistance, a merit award, or both.

Need-based assistance is aid offered based on a determination that a family lacks the financial resources to pay for a given school year. We will determine your family's need using the Federal Methodology need analysis formula, which evaluates your family's reported annual income and financial assets (excluding retirement accounts, home equity, and family farm equity) relative to Sweet Briar's expected 2014-2015 cost.

Merit aid is aid based on the student's high school academic and/or extracurricular achievements, and is determined at this stage by reviewing the high school transcript and standardized test scores.

We will review the transcript and test results, compute your Expected Family Contribution using the Federal Methodology formula, and send you a written response telling you whether you will qualify for need- and/or merit-based assistance for the coming school year.

Need aid eligibility in future years will depend on family financial resources, the number of children in the family attending college, and the costs of other colleges attended by children in the household; if there is no change in these factors from year to year, you can count on a similar amount of assistance from year to year.

Merit aid eligibility in future years will depend on you meeting the renewal terms of your merit award—for most types of scholarships this means remaining in good academic standing.

We will process Early Estimator forms from September 1st through January 5th of your senior year. After January 5th, we strongly encourage you to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


We are assuming that you are:
  • A U.S. citizen, or an eligible non-citizen as specified by U.S. Department of Education and Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations;
  • A legal resident of the same state of which your parents are legal residents;
  • Financially dependent upon your parents, according to federal eligibility criteria (not born before January 1, 1991, not a veteran of the armed services, not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program, not married, not an orphan or a ward of the court, and not having legal dependents of her own);
  • A beginning first-year student in the 2016-2017 year; and
  • Intending to enroll for both semesters (fall and spring) and reside in one of the College's residence halls.
At Sweet Briar College, you'll find...
  • an atmosphere of collaboration, communication, personal attention and great celebration.
  • 3,250 acres that provide a landscape for learning and exploring.
  • a student community that's broadly diverse, tightly knit and unique.
We prepare young women to excel in the modern world. We've been doing it since 1901. And you are our sole focus. At Sweet Briar, women get all the attention, all the student leadership roles, and any career choice is open to you. We think that makes Sweet Briar pretty special.
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