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Financial Aid and Costs

Investing in You

With a focus on both personal and professional growth, a Guilford College education is an investment with limitless returns.

The value of Guilford also extends to affordability. Whether you're new to college, transferring to Guilford, or applying as a graduate student, we want to give you an extraordinary college experience that's kind to your budget. To achieve this, our team of financial aid experts works closely with you to create an aid package that best meets your needs. From scholarships and grants to work-study and loans, you have great options at Guilford to keep your goals well within reach.

Join Us at Winter Open House

9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21

Guilford College Open House provides a deeper look into life as a Guilfordian. Visitors take a tour of campus, meet with current students, faculty, and staff, and enjoy complimentary, farm-fresh lunch. Register using this link or using the button below.

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The Guilford College Commitment

A Promise to You

Guilford College is committed to giving every first-time 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.

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File Today, Don't Delay!

FAFSA available Oct. 1

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.

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Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

You’re automatically considered for merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 annually when you apply for admission to Guilford.

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Apply for Aid

Whether you're a high school, transfer, graduate, international or returning student, it’s easy to apply for financial aid and need-based grants. Just follow our simple steps and deadlines. By the way, our FAFSA school code is 002931.

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Financial Aid Forms

Here are some forms you will need to fill out and return in order to secure your financial aid award.

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Meet the Team

Wondering who to contact with your Financial Aid questions? Meet our team members, each of whom are dedicated to helping you find ways to pay for college.

Gain the 4-1-0 Advantage

Four Years, 1 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 a financial plan with confidence.

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Commitment to Affordability

100 percent of Guilford’s full-time, first-year students who enrolled during fall 2020 received a scholarship.

$24,000 Financial Aid Average

As our average financial aid package shows, Guilford is committed to giving you an exceptional education at an affordable price.

Tuition and Fees

As a new student coming into Guilford, you get the peace of mind knowing your tuition will remain the same for all four years. We also spell out every cost associated with your education so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

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Break It Down

From tuition and course fees to room and meal plans, here’s the break down of what it costs to attend Guilford.

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Calculate Your Costs

Use our net price calculator to get an estimate of your financial aid and out-of-pocket costs associated with attending Guilford.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my tuition change if I add or drop courses?

Yes. Our Financial Aid counselors are available to answer any questions you may have before you add or drop a class.

If I withdraw from Guilford, will I get a refund?

Depending on when you withdraw, you may be eligible for a tuition refund. Contact the Office of the Registrar to learn more. In addition, contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out how withdrawing could affect your aid package.

When do I pay my tuition?

Fall semester tuition is due Aug. 15.

So what exactly am I paying for at Guilford?

Here's an explanation of all our fees.

  • Student Activity Fee is used to fund student organizations.
  • Orientation Fee is a one-time charge to help pay for Guilford orientation, alcohol education, meals and small group sessions.
  • Injury and Sickness is a fee for insurance through Guilford if you don't already have a plan. If you don’t want this insurance, visit and select “Guilford” to initiate the online waiver process. The waiver deadline is August 31.
  • Athletic insurance is required if you intend to participate in one of our NCAA athletic teams.
  • Motor Vehicle Registration Fee is automatically charged to your account at the beginning of the academic year. If you don’t require parking, then notify the Office of Student Accounts to have this fee waived.
  • Room and Board: Unmarried students under the age of 23 are required to live on campus and eat in our dining facilities. If you’re a local student, you can apply to live at home with your parents or guardians. Contact the Residential and Housing office to learn more.

More information about fees.

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Doug Campbell
Associate Director of Financial Aid