We understand the sacrifices families make to fund graduate and undergraduate education. While our admissions process is need-blind (which means your income has no bearing on whether or not you are admitted to the college), we commit to offer all the aid we can to every eligible admitted student. Approximately 90 percent of students who apply to Goddard’s graduate and undergraduate programs are independent, working adults. More than one-third of all undergraduate students receive need-based financial assistance in the form of the Federal Pell and the Student Educational Opportunity grants. Students also receive aid in the form of subsidized and un-subsidized federal loans, and the college awarded more than $450,000 in institutional scholarships and grants in the last academic year. We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as you start your application.
Below you will find information about the resources that may be available to you to assist you in covering the cost of your education.
Available Financial Assistance
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to education. The Federal Pell grant does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree.Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5920 for the 2017-2018 award year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). The amount you get, though, will depend on your financial need, your cost of attendance, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Details are available online.
Institutional Scholarships and Grants
For New Students
- Engaged Artist Award
- Friend of Goddard Grant
- Partnership Grant
- Priscilla Backman Scholarship for Activism
For New and Returning Students
- Corinne Mattuck and Employee Sponsored Student Emergency Fund
- Pearl Foundation Scholarship
- S.E.E.D Award – for Education Students
- Spirit of Goddard Scholarship
We have compiled a list (below) of over 300 scholarships from various websites. Each scholarship has a brief description and a link to the organization’s website. Please keep in mind that these scholarships are not associated with Goddard College in any way. Any question you may have about the content of the scholarship must be directed to the individual organization. Scholarships are organized alphabetically and can be reached by selecting the appropriate header at that top of the page.
All student loans are processed through the Department of Education’s Direct Loan program. All new borrowers must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling.
Please go to studentloans.gov to complete your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. The FSA ID – a username and password – has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have a FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to studentaid.ed.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at nsldsfap.ed.gov, studentloans.gov, and studentaid.ed.gov. The Department of Education will notify us once you have completed both items.
Based on eligibility and level, undergraduate students may be eligible for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Dependent undergraduate students may be eligible for Parent PLUS loans.
Graduate students are eligible for Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and, for those needing additional funding, Graduate Plus Loans.
Information on federal loans can be found at studentloans.gov.
Students may also access information on private loans at www.finaid.org/loans.
Please refer to Goddard’s Code of Conduct Related to Student Loan Activities.
Veteran Student Benefits
The Office of the Registrar acts as a liaison between students and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and certifies enrollment for veterans or their dependents so they may obtain educational benefits.
To apply for benefits, an accepted or continuing student should complete an Application for Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990).
Questions about veteran’s benefits should be addressed to the Registrar, Annette Fitzgerald, at [email protected] or 802.322.1671.
Students are also encouraged to research non-institutional scholarships available to them. Following are a selection of websites worth reviewing:
Applying for Financial Aid
Known as the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the gateway of consideration for federal, state or institutional aid. This form is completed annually by current and prospective students to determine eligibly for student financial aid, including the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal student loans. The FAFSA form can be found and completed at studentaid.ed.gov.
When submitting the FAFSA, we encourage you to request the IRS retrieval option, which will populate income sections of the application, saving you time and reducing the likelihood of transcription errors.
Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information.
Estimated Cost of Attendance equals cost (tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other related expenses) minus estimated grant and scholarship aid. This does not include the low interest Federal loans that students are eligible to borrow in order to supplement their educational expenses.
Contact a Financial Aid Counselor
Once you’ve been admitted to the College, a financial aid counselor can provide you specifics on your eligibility for aid. You may schedule an appointment to speak to a financial aid counselor by writing to [email protected]. Be sure to include which program you will be attending and your anticipated starting date.
Washington State Applicants
For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at [email protected].