Generous no-loan financial aid


Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Princeton University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program at the graduate level in recognition of the fact that participation would be beneficial to veterans at the graduate level. At the undergraduate level, Princeton University has long followed a firm policy of providing aid only on the basis of need, and Princeton has an exceedingly generous no-loan financial aid policy that meets the full need of every student with need.

Fast Facts

  • Princeton University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program at the graduate level.
  • Princeton University provides eligible applicants with full financial aid irrespective of any VA educational benefit.
  • The undergraduate program is composed entirely of full-time students and it has no transfer admission process.

Generous no-loan financial aid

When Princeton University determines financial aid awards it considers outside benefits as a resource available to students to help pay for their educations and reduces the aid award to account for this outside resource. In the case of students who receive educational benefits under the GI Bill, Princeton provides the full aid award irrespective of the VA educational benefit. Thus, if a student qualifies for $30,000 in financial aid and then receives a $10,000 VA educational benefit, Princeton still provides $30,000 in financial aid. This treatment is different from the University's usual treatment of outside educational benefits.

Fellowships and waivers

Students who have full fellowships or are supported by other resources do not have to state their veteran status. Veteran status might be known if students seek application fee waivers, which are granted for a number of reasons, including military service. Unless students are supported by the GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon program, their veteran status may not be shown in their records.