Eligibility and Financial Aid Profiler

This year, 46.3 percent of our students (not including faculty and staff children) are receiving need-based financial aid. The average tuition grant for a boarding student is $40,559 plus $850 that all financial aid recipients receive toward the cost of books and supplies, for an effective average award of $41,409 (which covers more than 86 percent of tuition and fees). All newly enrolled financial aid recipients also receive a stipend toward the purchase of a computer and tablet. All aid is in the form of grants.

In 2014-2015 Exeter is providing an Exeter education free to any accepted or current student whose family income is $75,000 or less. Thus, qualified students from nearly two thirds of the families in the United States could enjoy a free Exeter education.

This financial aid initiative, in conjunction with the strong middle income financial aid initiative begun in the late 1990s, means that 95 percent of families in the US are at income levels that, depending on their circumstances, could allow them to be eligible for financial aid at Exeter. Under the middle income initiative, students from nearly 300 families with incomes greater than $75,000 are receiving financial aid awards at the Academy. Exeter has one of the most ambitious financial aid programs of any independent school or college in the United States. Learn more about Exeter's financial aid initiative...

To see how families like yours are benefiting from aid grants, enter your information into the boxes below. First, select your gross income, then the number of family members and select Go. The average financial aid award towards tuition and mandatory fees appears, it’s that simple. Please keep in mind that in addition to the grant towards tuition and fees, all financial aid recipients receive $850 towards the cost of their books and supplies and all newly enrolled financial aid recipients receive a stipend towards the purchase of a computer and tablet.

The profiler provides data only for boarding students. Day and boarding students have different tuitions and so to provide data on grants which are based on these different tuitions would not be accurate.

The profiler only represents students currently receiving financial aid. Those families who are not receiving financial aid are not represented in the averages provided.

If there are multiple households for a given student, only one household’s data is able to be included in the profiler, while both households were considered in the calculation of the financial aid grant.


Financial Aid Profiler for families currently receiving aid for the 2014-2015 school year

  1. Select Gross Family Income:
  2. Select Family Size:

Please note: the average family contribution noted above is not a promise of financial aid. If you would like to discuss your specific situation, please contact John M. Hutchins, Exeter's director of financial aid, at (603) 777-3434 or jmhutchins@exeter.edu.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Exeter's financial aid is offered in response to a family's need (need-based). There are no merit-based or athletic awards at Exeter.
  • A family's contribution may vary among schools, according to their own institutional policies and professional judgments.
  • The Office of Financial Aid is the final authority on your contribution. Special circumstances are treated on a case-by-case basis.