Financial Aid


At Hillsdale, we believe a strong, classical liberal arts education rooted in the enduring truths of the Western Tradition remains one of the best investments students and their families can make. We are committed to maintaining the value of your investment through educational quality and low costs. Many factors combine to make Hillsdale a great value.

Institutional Independence

From its founding, Hillsdale has been nationally recognized for independence from federal and state subsidy. Our commitment safeguards our ability to serve the mission of the College and preserves the integrity of our liberal arts curriculum. Across the nation, generous people who believe in Hillsdale’s mission support our independence through their gifts, and allow us to provide generous scholarships and privately-funded, need-based aid to our students.

A top-tier education for a fraction of the price.

Hillsdale’s cost of attendance is significantly less than the cost of attending other nationally-ranked, private liberal arts schools with whom we compete. We are consistently ranked in the top tier of colleges, and named a “best-value” school by college ranking guides like The Princeton Review, Kiplinger, Forbes, and others. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, all students benefit from our substantial endowment; billed costs represent just over half of the actual cost to educate a student for a year.

Generous, individually-tailored financial aid packages.

Almost all students receive some form of aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. The average aid package awarded last year was $16,700, with $14,300 in gift aid.

Investment in student success.

A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors partner with students to achieve their potential in small classroom settings. Students are mentored by experienced professionals from our faculty and Career Services office who are personally invested in their academic, professional, and personal success.

Rachelle Ferguson 2017
Next January, Rachelle will present a paper on Virgil’s Eclogues at a Society for Classical Studies conference.

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