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The Guilford College Commitment

Choosing your college home should be about finding your perfect fit — not cost. That’s why the Guilford College Commitment exists.

Guilford College is committed to giving every first-time, undergraduate applicant generous institutional aid. Offers start at $15,000 per year and go up to $27,000 per year or more, depending on your academic success. Yes — Guilford promises every new student at least $15,000 a year in financial aid — and even more if you show us you're a leader and an achiever.

You may also qualify for up to $12,000 more through federal and state financial aid programs. Every student, no matter their family's income, should file the FAFSA (it opens Oct. 1) to see how much they're eligible to receive. In fall 2022, the average financial aid offer with all sources of aid (federal work study and federal loans included) was $36,500 per year.

Plus, Guilford College is dedicated to making your on-campus experience affordable. We offer a $4,000 Guilford Housing Grant to any student who lives on campus. (Contingent to living on campus.) 

Begin your Guilford College application now to learn more.

Generous Institutional Financial Aid

Offers start at $15,000 per year and go up to $27,000 a year or more. On top of that, you may qualify for up to $12,000 more through federal and state financial aid programs.

Lowering Costs

Guilford also offers a $4,000 Housing Grant to any student who lives on campus, for every year they live on campus.

Committed to Affordability

In fall 2022, the average financial aid offer with all sources of aid (federal work study and federal loans included) was $36,500 per year.

How do you earn more financial aid?

You’ve worked hard in high school, and you’ve overcome enormous challenges, especially in the last couple of years. Here’s how it pays off when you choose Guilford:

Your Core GPA Your Guilford College Award
3.0 $20,000
3.1 $21,000
3.2 $22,000
3.3 $23,000
3.4 $24,000
3.5 $25,000
3.6 $26,000
3.7 $27,000
3.8 $28,000
3.9 $29,000
4.0 $30,000


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The 4-1-0 Advantage

Four Years, One Tuition, No Worries: That's right, your tuition will never increase at Guilford. So you can focus on learning, not finances, and you can build your financial plan with confidence.

File Today, Don't Delay!

Guilford uses the FAFSA to help award scholarships, grants, and work study opportunities. Did you know that 100% of Guilford students who file the FAFSA receive additional aid? File now to maximize your rewards at Include Guilford’s school code of 002931.

Why Choose Guilford College?

  • You're looking for a small, liberal arts college in the South with an impressive academic reputation and a history of success.
  • You expect personal attention from engaging professors who want to know you on a first-name basis.
  • You need access to internships, study abroad, and research opportunities that will help you achieve your career and graduate school goals.
  • And you want a beautiful, historic campus that offers exciting community events and fresh, comfortable living spaces.

You'll find all of this and more at Guilford College. And Guilford will help you pay for it.

Start your Guilford College application today.

Just the FAQs

Who qualifies for the Guilford College Commitment?

You qualify as a first-time applicant.

How do you apply for financial aid?

There’s no separate application. Just apply to Guilford through the Guilford College application, the Common App, or through CFNC if you live in North Carolina.

Do you have to submit test scores to receive an offer?

Never! Guilford College is 100 percent test optional, so no SAT or ACT scores are ever required to qualify for financial aid. Plus, it’s always free to apply to Guilford.

How do you maintain your offer?

You must remain enrolled as a full-time student at Guilford College in good academic and conduct standing.

How long is your Housing Grant available?

The Housing Grant is renewable in future years as long as you remain living on campus.

What will your financial aid offer look like in years 2, 3, and 4?

Your Guilford College financial aid remains the same for all four years (eight semesters). And you will graduate in four years — you’ll have a team of advisers helping you every step of the way.

What about your remaining balance?

Federal aid, state aid, and outside scholarships will be applied, and the Guilford College Office of Financial Aid is always here to support you and your family’s decision-making.

Learn More

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with your questions.

Guilford College
Office of Financial Aid

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