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Wells College Financial Aid Office

The Net Price Calculator is a tool designed to give you an idea of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for.

It's not an official application for admission or financial aid, but will generate an estimated award package based on your own particular info.

When it comes to financial aid, Wells College is need-blind — your need for financial assistance does not impact your chance for admission. Your education is one of the most significant investments you will ever make, and we are committed to helping you through each step of this important process. Follow these steps to take full advantage of financial aid at Wells College:

1. Apply for admission. You can submit an application through the Common Application or Wells College's own application (coming soon). After we receive your completed application, you will automatically be considered for Wells College merit-based scholarships.

2. Submit your FAFSA. The Wells Financial Aid Office promises 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 125+ endowment, gift, and grant offerings. NOTE: If you submitted your application for admission but have not completed a FAFSA, your financial aid package may be incomplete. To find out if you are eligible for other institutional endowments, you must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Strudent Aid (FAFSA) to Wells College. Click here to view more information about the FAFSA process.

FAFSA Code: #002901
New York State TAP Code: #1050

First-Year Applicants: Submit your FAFSA to Wells College as soon as possible to ensure timely processing of your financial aid package.
Fall Transfer Applicants: No later than July 1
Spring Transfer Applicants: No later than December 1
Returning Students: May 1 for the upcoming academic year (Verification completion date is June 1)

3. Review your financial aid package and ask your admissions counselor questions. Remember, we are your team — your admissions counselor can help you better understand your financial aid package and assist you in making an informed decision about investing for your college education.


To receive need-based financial aid from Wells College, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can access and begin filling out the FAFSA as early as October 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 through email or call 315-364-3289.

Tuition and Other Costs

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student includes the following expenses:

2019-20 Academic Year
Tuition: $29,400
Fees: $1,500
Room and Board: $14,100
Total: $45,000

Merit-Based Scholarships for First-Year Students

All students who have submitted a completed application to Wells College will be automatically considered for the following scholarships and awards. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admission based on information supplied in the application. For a full financial aid pacakge, be sure to provide a completed FAFSA to be considered for need-based awards.

Henry Wells Scholarship
Includes a $3,000 experiential learning stipend that can be used towards an internship or study abroad program, as well as a guaranteed internship during the January intersession of the Scholar's first year. Henry Wells Scholars demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout high school. Recipients of this award are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom.

Trustee Scholarship
Trustee Scholars maintain academic excellence in high school and demonstrate leadership skills through active contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities.

President's Scholarship
Students who receive the President's Award demonstrate strong academic records and co-curricular achievement, and are actively engaged in communities outside of the classroom.

Dean's Award
Students who receive the Dean's Award demonstrate strong academic records and are promising leaders in their communities outside the classroom.

Alumni Opportunity Award
The Alumni Opportunity Award recognizes students with outstanding potential to thrive and contribute as part of the Wells community. 

Janet Taylor Reiche '52 Legacy Award
Awarded to students who have immediate family member(s) who are graduates of Wells College.

21st Century Leadership Award
This scholarship is awarded to high school juniors for their dynamic spirit and integrity, as well as intellectual and leadership qualities. 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. 21st Century Leaders can finish high school with the comfort of knowing there is guaranteed financial support for their college career at Wells. By continuing to improve 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 upon submission of a completed application for admission. See the Counselor Resources page for more details.

Empowering New York Leaders Award
$300 - $1,500
This award is granted to eligible students who submit a completed application for admission by January 1, 2019, and are also residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx).

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Wells College Transfer Scholarship
$5,000 - $10,000
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for the Transfer Scholarship.

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

Scholarships for International Students

International Student Scholarships
$5,000 - $15,000
With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students are an invaluable part of the Wells College community and contribute to a global living and learning environment. To support international students in their pursuit of higher education in the United States, Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship to contribute towards cost of attending. International Student Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's academic record, and can range between $5,000 - $15,000 (USD).

Global Citizenship Awards are granted to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and outstanding service to their local communities outside of the classroom. In addition to the International Student Scholarship (outlined above), students who are chosen for the Global Citizenship Award will receive a bonus award of $2,000 (USD).

Canadian Provincial Scholarships are automatically given to students from Canada with a cumulative academic standing of 85 or higher. In addition to the International Student Scholarship (outlined above), students who qualify for the Canadian Provincial Scholarship will receive a bonus award of $2,000 (USD).

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 Wells students receive 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 2017-18 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 Office of Financial Aid for review.

Click here to begin the Net Price Calculator.

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