Price vs. benefits
For many, discussions surrounding college cost emphasize price without acknowledging long-term benefits. In making this kind of life decision, it is important for students and families to consider both price and benefit in determining value. Factors such as the direct support and mentoring a student receives at Barnard and the lifelong affiliation with and access to a vibrant network of alumnae must also be part of that consideration. These factors are in addition to the actual educational experience. If the benefits and outcomes of the educational experience outweigh the cost, then the investment is worth the value of a Barnard diploma. Each student and family must determine whether their economic circumstances can make this investment possible.
A lifelong investment
Barnard is committed to making the educational experience exceptional, offering opportunities to work with top-notch faculty, learn in new and exciting ways, and take advantage of experiences that go far beyond the classroom walls. Our commitment extends to helping families afford an education here. If a student is interested in Barnard, but feels the cost may be beyond her means, we urge her to apply for financial aid. We strive to make a Barnard education affordable through tuition payment plans, work-study, loans, and grants.
Financing a college education affects the whole family and, for many, requires exploring unfamiliar financial territory. By working with our financial aid office and learning about financing options, families are able to build a sound financial plan, permitting an educational experience that will provide intellectual and financial advantages for life. Each Barnard student graduates with a powerful curiosity about the world strengthened by the ability to ask the right questions and analyze the answers. Barnard students acquire skills in demand by employers of every description and are well prepared for advanced study.