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Finances and Programs

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We understand that every student has a unique set of financial circumstances to be considered this coming year. Our goal is to provide you and your families a sense of security and peace of mind. 

Financial Aid

All undergraduates (unless scheduled to graduate earlier) will be eligible for three quarters of financial aid during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students may choose which three of the four quarters in which they’d like to enroll.

The Financial Aid Office has provided detailed guidance and FAQ’s. You can contact the office here.


Wondering if you'll be able to participate in specific university programs and services such as Academic Advising or Cardinal Care? We've populated a COVID 2020 Programs and Services Table with accessibility information depending on your student status. Check it out! 



  • Will there be a housing allowance for students living off campus?
    • Your living situation can be considered with your financial aid application. If your plans change after you have submitted the application, please submit a new form.

  • What other resources are available?
    • Mind Over Money is a Stanford program offering classes, coaches and many other resources to help students make informed decisions. BEAM Career Education helps students explore job opportunities. The Stanford FLI Office Opportunity Fund helps students who are experiencing an unexpected financial challenge or who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional, and/or social development.

  • Will tuition be reduced during the quarters when a student is not permitted to live on campus?
    • The university does not expect to discount tuition.

      Stanford tuition is heavily subsidized by the university. The price of tuition does not cover the full cost of the education at Stanford. Effectively, all students, including those paying full tuition, receive a significant discount relative to the university’s actual cost.

      We strongly believe that the value of a Stanford education and degree, whether in-person or remote, continues to greatly exceed the price of tuition. Moreover, the university’s main educational costs (salaries for our faculty and staff) are continuing, as the services they provide are continuing. Our infrastructure costs also are continuing, and we are incurring additional costs related to actions we are taking to respond to the pandemic.

      We continue to work with students and families who are in financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please be in touch with the Financial Aid Office or, for graduate students, the appropriate office within your school, who can respond to your individual circumstances.