Affording a Fisher Education
A quality college education is an investment that will provide lifelong personal and professional rewards.
At Fisher, we are committed to helping make the dream of a college education a reality for you.
- 100% of incoming freshman receive some form of financial aid.
- Average offer to students is nearly $20,000.
- All students who apply by January 15 are eligible for merit scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per year!
- Other forms of assistance include need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment for eligible students.
- For 2014-15, annual tuition for full-time undergraduate students is $28,970 and housing and meals costs are $11,158.
- Visit the Estimated Cost of Attendance page for information about tuition, room & board, and additional expenses.
Financial Aid at Fisher
In determining financial aid, "financial need" is the difference between the cost of attending St. John Fisher College and your family contribution, as determined from information supplied on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here is a simple formula of how it works:
Cost of Attendance - Family Contribution = Financial Need
The financial aid we award comes from a variety of sources—the final result being a "package" of several types of aid. Depending on your particular situation, your financial aid award may include funds from scholarships, federal and/or state grants, student loans, or student employment (College Work Study Program).
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and grants are considered "gift" aid. Scholarships are generally awarded based on past academic achievement and do not have to be paid back. Grants are generally awarded based on financial need and also do not need to be repaid.
Loans and Student Employment
Student loans and student employment (College Work Study Program) are considered "self-help" aid. Student loans are low-interest federal loans that a student begins repaying after graduation. College Work Study earnings from part-time employment on campus can be used toward educational expenses.
Parent loans are also available regardless of family income. Most financial aid packages include some form of self-help aid.