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.

Financial Aid Applications

Evaluating Applications

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 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 as a family member in college.

Application Process

Complete the required forms listed on the Financial Aid Forms page.

You may also be requested to submit:

  • CSS Profile from the noncustodial parent (if biological or adoptive parents are divorced or separated and not living together)
  • 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 the CSS Profile and FAFSA data electronically. You do not need to submit copies of these forms to this office.

Additionally, when you file your CSS Profile you will receive an email from the College Board explaining how to submit your tax returns and other forms that may be required.

Financial Aid Forms

A complete list of forms and worksheets is available on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Application Deadlines

  • By March 1: Submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA as well as submit signed copies of the federal income tax returns (include all forms, schedules and W-2 forms) to the College Board's IDOC Service.
  • Beginning in mid-June: For on-time applications, financial aid award letters will be mailed in June. Our Business Services Office will issue fall semester electronic bills to students 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.

Late Applications

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 filled with a student loan offer of $3,500.

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.

Study Abroad and Away

Access the required Off-Campus Financial Aid Agreement Form, to be submitted electronically by March 22, 2022.

To learn more about how your financial aid offer can be used for off-campus study, visit our Off-Campus Study FAQs.

If you have questions after reviewing the information in both documents, please contact Brandee Norwood at financialaidoffice@davidson.edu or at 704-894-2232.

Outside Scholarships and Resources

Many local, regional, and national organizations sponsor scholarship programs for college students. Students must report all outside scholarships and resources to the Office of Financial Aid. The combination of Federal, state, Davidson financial aid and outside scholarships and resources may not exceed the total Cost of Attendance. Outside funds first reduce the Student Employment award, then the Expected Family Contribution; then, if all outside resources together exceed $5,000 for the year, or if Student Employment and Expected Family Contribution have both been fully replaced, aid awarded from Davidson will be reduced as well. This treatment will be applied each year the scholarship or resource is renewed up to a maximum of four years or eight semesters. In all cases, students must complete and submit the Outside Resources Form as soon as possible after they are notified of their outside award, so award adjustments may be made as needed.

Health Insurance

Davidson requires all students to have personal health insurance. Students already covered by a family health insurance plan may be exempted from Davidson’s plan by submitting an online waiver verifying coverage. Not all health insurance plans are transferable; you must confirm coverage in Davidson, North Carolina with your current insurance provider. Students not covered by a family health insurance plan will be enrolled in Davidson's Insurance Plan.


The Work-Study award represents approximately 7-8 hours of work per week. Students remaining in their jobs from year to year see an increase in their hourly pay rate. The amount of the Work-Study award will not be deducted from your bill, but will be paid bi-weekly, as work is performed throughout the semester. Not all students will qualify for Work-Study, but there are opportunities for students to work, if they choose to do so, through the Student Employment Office. Learn more about the Work-Study program.

Academic Progress

Students receiving federal, state and institutional funding in their financial aid awards must be enrolled on a full-time basis and must attain minimum grade-point average and course completion requirements.

Academic or Personal Leave

A student who wishes to take academic or personal leave from Davidson College may do so upon approval from the Registrar or Dean of Students.

Student Accounts

We want to make it easy for you to navigate your student accounts to find information on payments, tuition and fees, room and meal rates, credit balances, and more.

Withdrawal & Refunds

Fees apply when a student notifies the Registrar that he/she plans to withdraw from the college. Davidson's policy is to refund 100 percent of tuition or room rent if a student withdraws before the tenth day of classes. Otherwise, no refund of tuition or room rent will be made.

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