Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$21,291
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$20,996
$30k - $48k
$17,739
$48k - $75k
$18,932
$75k - $110k
$22,691
$110k+
$24,767
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$21,000
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$21,000
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$13,000
Books and Supplies
$1,250
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
55%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
33%
Average Aid Per Year
$30,802
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
33%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,789
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$27,566
Students receiving state aid
43%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,988
Students receiving federal aid
40%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,789
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$31,889
$30k - $48k
$35,146
$48k - $75k
$33,953
$75k - $110k
$30,194
$110k+
$28,118
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$5,083,230
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$2,411,671

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
99%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$4,496
Students receiving federal loans
99%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$3,605
Average Other Loans Per Year
$9,051
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$21,000
Loan Default Rate
4%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$287

What Students Are Saying

4.13 Average Rating
Since it's a private school it is expensive, but it's completely worth it. The school and this site : ) offer lots of scholarships to help out students. The teacher-student ratio is low so you get much more attention than you would at a public school. We just got a new gym which is really nice. There are lots of new indoor facilities to play sports, hold events, or offer fitness classes like Zumba. We also just got wireless internet connection all over campus, but if you don't have a laptop there are lots of Mac and Dell computers you can use all over campus. All guest artist concerts, productions, and lectures are completely free to students.
Jessica
So I think Sweet Briar is awesome, but the cost isn't as exciting. The tuition for Sweet Briar is around forty thousand per year. Not so great. However, Sweet Briar does offer many scholarships to help you with the tuition. As for BANG, I'd have to say Sweet Briar is amazing with tons of things to do, but sometimes can be a little pricey and, I believe at least, that you should be able to control yourself if you plan on coming here, because you could end up spending more than you actually have.
Chelsea from Spout Spring, VA
With our new gym and apartments, Sweet Briar is really growing. While the food isn't always worth our money, there are great computers, gym equipment, and free laundry that is worth it!
Kay from VA
the cost to pursue a higher education these days is quite high for almost all families in the u.s. while sweet briar is an expensive college on paper, the amount of financial aid each student receives nearly halves the cost for every student attending. the classes are very small in comparison to even some of the smallest institutions (no more than 25); i've been in classes with only four students in the class. the amount of attention a student can receive in and outside of the classroom is beyond unbelievable. the career services office and library are also amazing resources to take full advantage of while attending and even after for free!
bryanna from bethlehem, pa
The degree you get from Sweet Briar is worth every penny. First of all, we are one of the so-called Seven Sisters of the South and our college has a good name behind it. Beyond that, choosing women's-only education prepares us to take on the world. The benefits of a women's college are phenomenal, but not very well known. You gain so much out of attending a women's college (confidence, poise, articulacy, etc.) that it's a decision you won't regret. The friendships formed at SBC last a lifetime, too.
Anonymous
A bit expensive but worth every penny
Laura from Orange County, CA
Great! Its expensive, but I received several merit scholarships and get soooo much personal attention from my professors here.
D.j. from Daleville, AL
The tuition for sweet briar has a hefty price but it's worth every penny. Its a really hands on school that is constantly concern its students.
Tiffany from Capitol Heights, MD

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