Costs & Financial Aid

Meeting 100% of demonstrated need

Reed meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years. Need-based grants, employment opportunities, and loans are all part of Reed’s financial aid program.

Reed seeks to make a college education affordable and accessible to all admitted students, regardless of family financial circumstances. Financial aid is awarded exclusively on the basis of need as determined by the CSS Profile and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We believe that a Reed College education is a worthwhile investment and understand that funding your education requires a significant financial commitment from you and your family. We also know that applying for and understanding financial aid can be a confusing process. The financial aid staff is committed to working with you to navigate this process. We are here to help.

Applying for Financial Aid

Domestic Students: To apply for institutionally funded financial aid from Reed as a domestic student, your family will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile). If you are only interested in applying for federally funded grants, loans, and work, you need only complete the FAFSA.

Non-US Citizen Students: If you are a non-US citizen and plan to apply for financial aid from the college, you must complete the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile)

Permanent US Resident Students: Permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid must follow the application process for domestic students, filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile).

Detailed instructions are available on the Reed College Office of Financial Aid webpage.

Understanding Your Aid Offer

A Reed financial aid offer often includes the following sources: grants, a loan, and a campus job.

Institutional grants: These do not have to be repaid. They make up the majority of grant assistance at Reed.

Student loans: A student loan may be a federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan, or a Reed Loan.

Campus jobs: Many jobs are available both on campus and off campus for Reed students. Both on- and off-campus opportunities include regular student employment and federal work-study (FWS) employment.

Financial Aid Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Action        Early Decision II Regular Decision Transfer
File the PROFILE and, if applicable, the Noncustodial PROFILE November 1 November 1 December 20 January 15 March 1
File Student and Parent Federal Tax Forms, W-2s and Verification Worksheet November 8 November 8 December 27 January 22 March 8
File the FAFSA February 15 February 15 February 15 February 15 March 1