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Financial Aid Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, every year Barnard transforms the lives of students who would not have been able to attend the College without financial aid. Barnard meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for incoming students. We adhere to a fully need-blind admissions policy, admitting an increasingly diverse and selective class of students, regardless of their financial background.

Approximately fifty percent of Barnard students receive some form of financial aid. More than $38 million in grants is awarded annually, and the average grant aid awarded is $40,489. Keeping the Barnard experience accessible to students of merit depends on strong financial aid powered by a growing endowment. And a healthy endowment depends on donors like you.

How You Can Help

You can help Barnard meet its commitment to provide need-blind assistance to all qualified applicants by making a gift to the College’s financial aid endowment. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will make a difference in the lives of bright, hard-working young women for generations to come.

Gift Opportunities

Endowed Scholarship Funds

Endowed scholarship fund are invested in the College’s endowment, where they appreciate and gain interest every year. The amount of funding awarded annually to student recipients is based on an endowment expenditure rate of 5%.

Endowed Full Scholarship Fund—$1.25 million

Providing a full Barnard grant to a student of greatest need, the full named scholarship fund allows a donor to make the most personal impact. It is valued for admissions recruiting efforts because it attracts highly qualified students to Barnard. Donors may express preferences regarding the attributes of scholarship recipients and will receive a customized stewardship report including personal communication from student recipients each year, and an opportunity to meet students at the annual Scholarship Celebration dinner. (Yields approximately $60,000 per year, based on an endowment expenditure rate of 5%.)

Endowed Partial Scholarship Fund —$100,000

Scholarships established at the $100,000 level or higher provide much needed student support each year, enabling Barnard to expand access to deserving students. These named funds provide a lasting legacy and can be added to at any time. The donor may express preferences regarding the attributes of recipients and will receive personal communication from student recipients each year. (Yields $5,000 per year, based on an endowment expenditure rate of 5%.)

Current-Use Scholarship Funds

Current-use scholarship funds are spent in full during the fiscal year in which they are received, and are not invested in the College’s endowment.

Current-Use Four-Year Scholarship $240,000

Annual donations of $60,000 over a four-year period provide the full tuition for one student.

Current-Use Partial Scholarship -- $50,000

Annual donations of $10,000 over a five-year period will benefit one or more students.

Getting Started

You can put a Barnard education within reach of deserving students. For more information or to make a gift in support of financial aid at Barnard, please call (212) 870-2520, or email development@barnard.edu.

Malena Arnaud ’11 and Diana Touliatou Vagelos ’55