We are committed to making a Davidson education affordable. Financial aid packages typically include a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment. You and your family must apply each year.
We evaluate each need-based financial aid application according to these guiding principles:
- You and your family have the primary responsibility for college costs, to the extent of your ability.
- Financial ability may be determined through assessment of your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Financial need is the estimated annual cost of attending Davidson minus your family's estimated annual contribution.
- In determining the "number in college" for awarding Davidson's grant funds, only siblings who are seeking their first undergraduate degree will be considered. Siblings in graduate school or who are pursuing an additional undergraduate degree will not be counted by as a family member in college.
As a need-based aid applicant, you must notify us of the amount and source of all non-Davidson awards you receive. As a rule, outside awards will replace rather than augment the need-based financial aid package we have offered.
Submit the following forms:
You may also be requested to submit:
- Noncustodial parent PROFILE (if biological or adoptive parents are divorced or separated)
- Business/Farm Supplement (if parents own a business and/or a farm)
- Corporate/partnership tax return (if parents file this type of return)
We receive PROFILE and FAFSA data electronically. You do not need to submit copies of these forms.
Additionally, when you file your PROFILE you will receive an email from the CollegeBoard explaining how to submit your tax returns and other forms that may be required.
Athletic Grant Renewal
The grant will be renewed automatically if you continue to participate in your sport as required by the Athletic Department.
The Davidson College Athletics Financial Aid Agreement will be sent to you in early summer.
Download the Student Financial Assistance Information for External Study (PDF) to learn how your financial aid package can transfer to your study abroad program.
Deadlines for Current Students
- By April 2: Submit the 2018-19 CSS/Financial Aid Profile and 2018-19 FAFSA.
- By April 16: Submit signed copies of 2016 federal income tax returns (include all forms, schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board's IDOC.
- June or July: For on time applications, financial aid award letters will be mailed in June. Our Business Services Office will mail bills for the fall semester in early July with a due date of August 1. Bills will reflect all fall charges and all fall financial aid awarded. Loans will be reflected only if they have been applied for by early July.
Families who file aid application materials after the published deadlines are subject to a reduction in the college grant portion of the award. This grant reduction will be in the form of a student loan ranging from $3,500-$5,500, depending upon the student's grade level.