Tuition and Aid

How much does Wells cost? Or, better yet, how much does it pay?
That may be a bigger question to ask when you consider how much it costs to go to college these days. For most students, a Wells education begins paying off right away. With multiple internships practically guaranteed. With self-designed majors. With professors who provide guidance that goes way beyond academics. At the same time, Wells offers an affordable private education, with many opportunities for financial assistance and scholarships.

Tuition and Other Costs

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2015-2016 academic year includes the following expenses:

  • Tuition $36,000
  • Room and Board $13,000
  • Fees $1,500
  • Total $50,500

Financing Your Wells College 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.

Applying for Financial Aid

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 February 15. 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.


Wells College offers merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year and transfer students who demonstrate academic excellence in their school experiences. Scholarship decisions are made at the time of admissions using information provided to the college in the admissions application. Financial need is not a consideration when awarding merit scholarships.

Scholarships & Awards for First-Year Students

Henry Wells Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout their high school experience. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and generally have a 94% cumulative grade point average in academic subject areas. A Henry Wells Scholarship includes 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 $15,000 to $25,000 scholarship each year.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence in high school with a cumulative grade point average of 90% or higher and a strong record of service to their schools and communities. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admissions based on information supplied in the application file. Recipients are awarded between $10,000 and $20,000 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. Awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 per year and recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are awarded to transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society. The scholarship, valued at $15,000 per year, is awarded at the time of admissions and requires proof of PTK membership.

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 awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.

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 97% of the students enrolled during the 2013-2014 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 2015-2016 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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