Tuition and Aid

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Wells College Financial Aid Office

The Net Price Calculator is a tool that provides  a sample financial aid package that outlines the types of aid you may receive if you are both admitted to Wells College and you complete a federal aid application (FAFSA).  The information you provide on the net price calculator will generate an estimated award package based on the 2015-2016 Cost of Attendance figures and student aid eligibility requirements. Simply sign in and enter your information to recieve your results.

Scholarships for First Year Students

Henry Wells Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout their high school experience. Recipients are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom.  Henry Wells Scholars are our top students and, as such, are granted a guaranteed first-year internship during Wells' January Intersession, a $3,000 stipend to spend on an six-week experiential learning opportunity in your junior year, and a $25,000 scholarship each year.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence in high school and a strong record of service to their schools and communities. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admission based on information supplied in the application file. Presidential Scholars are awarded $22,000 per year for four years of study at the College.

Dean's Awards go to students with strong academic records and active participation in clubs and organizations within their schools and communities. Recipients are awarded a $20,000 scholarship per year.

Wells College Alumni Scholarships are based on evidence of individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation, and leadership ability, as well as, potential as a future alumni leader.  The Wells College Alumni Association is committed to supporting students that have demonstrated leadership as evidenced by contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities. The recipient(s) will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship each year for four years of study.

21st Century Leadership Awards are presented to high school juniors for their dynamic spirit and integrity, as well as intellectual and leadership qualities. The award is a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year) for four years of study at Wells College. Students must be nominated by their guidance counselors, and a maximum of two qualifying students can be nominated from each school. Qualified candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 85% and demonstrate leadership ability and/or potential through school and community activities. Students receiving this award can begin their senior year knowing financial support is guaranteed in the amount of $10,000 each year for all four years of college. By improving their performance in academic and extracurricular activities during their final year of high school, students can increase their chances to qualify for other Wells College merit-based scholarships. To download the nomination form, please visit the resources page for counselors.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Wells College Transfer Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their college coursework. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and awarded $15,000 per year.

Phi Theta Kappa students (transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society) will automatically receive a bonus scholarship of $2,000.  Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.

Scholarships for International Students

International students with strong academic profiles may be eligible for annual scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 (US$).

The following region-specific scholarships are also available to international students:

Canadian Provincial Scholarships are awarded to students from all areas of Canada and are based on solid academic performance, community involvement and demonstrated leadership.  The recipient(s) will be awarded up to a $15,000 (US$) scholarship each year for four years of study.

Canada Scholar Advanced Awards are automatically  given to students from Canada with a cumulative academic standing of 85 or higher.   Qualifying students receive a Canadian Provincial Scholarship and a bonus scholarship of $2,000 (US$).

Latin America Scholar Award winners are selected based on the academic performance, commitment to global awareness and overall leadership qualities of students from or living in Latin American countries.  Up to $15,000 (US$) can be awarded for each of the recipient's four years of study.

Financial Aid for a Wells Education

Your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. And an education at Wells does way more than prepare you for your first job. It prepares you for a career. In short, it's an experience that can transform your life. As you begin your college search, it is important to think about planning for that investment. And we are committed to helping every student at each step of the process.

The tradition of personalized education at Wells extends far beyond the classroom. In the Financial Aid Office we promise to act with fairness, confidentiality, and thoroughness as we consider your requests for assistance. We work closely with families to explore the full range of financing options available through our endowment, gift, and grant offerings. To find out if you are eligible for financial aid, you must apply.


To receive need-based financial aid from Wells College, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available here: Wells recommends families submit their completed FAFSA by December 1. Students eligible to receive need-based financial aid may receive grants, scholarships, student loans, and campus work study. For more information about financial aid, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-364-3289.

Tuition and Other Costs

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2016-2017 academic year includes the following expenses:

Tuition and Fees: $38,530
Room and Board: $13,360
Total: $51,890

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool that provides you with a sample financial aid package that outlines the types of aid you may receive if you are both admitted to Wells College and you complete a federal aid application (FAFSA). More than 98% of the students enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year received some amount of institutional grant or scholarship funds. The information you provide on the net price calculator will generate an estimated award package with the following limitations and caveats:

This calculator is intended for use by first time undergraduate students and their families who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Estimates are based on the 2015-16 Cost of Attendance figures and student aid eligibility requirements. Future costs and federal, state, and institutional financial aid estimates are subject to change. Financial aid estimates are not an indication of your admissions to the College. Students must be accepted by the Wells College Admissions Office to receive an official financial aid package.

The accuracy of your estimated awards is based on the accuracy of the information you provide. Results of the calculator are not guaranteed and special circumstances should be communicated directly to the Financial Aid Office for review.

Click here to begin the Net Price Calculator.

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