Choosing to go to college is one of the most important events in a student’s life. Sterling College is committed to make this transformative education accessible. We do everything we can to work with students and their families to plan an affordable path to graduation.
Financial Aid Facts
- 98% of Sterling College students receive some type of financial aid.
- The average Sterling grant in 2016-17 was $22,778.
- You’ll earn a minimum of $1,600 a year through our Work program.
- A student’s average loan debt after graduation is $15,500—compared to $31,200 reported nationally by the Department of Education.
- Our tuition and room and board is about 20% less than other private New England colleges, according to the College Board.
“I know that financial aid is crucial to the strength of Sterling. Over my years here, I have seen that sound financial aid allows us to enroll the right students in the College—students who care about the environment and community and who want to make a difference in the world we live in.” —Ned Houston,Distinguished Professor and former Director of Financial Aid
Sterling College Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants
Every year Sterling College commits more than $2 million to support student financial aid. From small semester grants to full-tuition scholarships, Sterling College works diligently to create an affordable academic experience.
A Working College
Our convictions about access and affordability are informed by our status as the only Work College in the Northeast. Sterling College believes that access and hard work are linked, and we collaborate with our students in keeping the costs of tuition, room, and board more reasonable than at other comparable institutions.
At a Work College, all students regardless of financial aid, work at least 80 hours each semester to help defray tuition costs and to support the community.
Students work on the farm, in the kitchen, in dormitories, in offices, at the local public schools, or at local nonprofits. There are a variety of jobs available; the Work program helps with tuition bills and résumé building.