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Calculating Your Need

The importance of choosing a university that delivers the highest returns cannot be overstated. If Bryant is the perfect fit for you, financial aid can help you meet the costs.

Need-based aid

Don't assume you are ineligible for financial aid! Because rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements change from year to year, you should at least apply. You may find it is well worth your time.

Most financial assistance administered by the Office of Financial Aid is based in part on your financial need — the difference between the cost of attending Bryant and the calculated family contribution.

To be considered for need-based financial aid at Bryant you must:

  • file the FAFSA
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • be enrolled full-time or be accepted for full-time enrollment in a course of study; or be enrolled part-time and officially accepted as a candidate in a degree program;
  • be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of your course of study;
  • not be in default on a federal student loan;
  • not owe a refund on a federal grant.

Inside a financial aid package

Aid packages might include:

  • Federal Pell Grants;
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants;
  • state grants;
  • institutional grants and/or scholarships;
  • Federal Work-Study;
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

Law requires students who receive outside sources of aid (i.e., private scholarships from third-party agencies or firms) to notify the Office of Financial Aid. In some cases, the amount of this outside aid could affect the award offered by Bryant. Generally, you may not receive aid in excess of your determined need for assistance.

In many cases, it is impossible for Bryant to meet your full need. Consequently, your family may need to seek additional assistance in the form of privately-funded education loans or alternative sources.

Net Price Calculator

File a FAFSA

Financial aid awards are based, in large part, upon the information contained on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A verification worksheet, tax transcripts, and/or other documents may also be required. The Office of Financial Aid will maintain complete confidentiality of all information. Since anyone's financial situation is subject to change, a financial aid officer may review and revise awards based on changes in family circumstances.

Although we do not review your application for financial aid until you are admitted to Bryant, do not wait until being admitted to apply for financial aid. Late financial aid applications are placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed only if funds remain after all on-time requests have been evaluated. Check the financial aid calendar below for deadlines.

Financial Aid Calendar*

Dec. 31, 2023First date the 2024-25 FAFSA may be submitted to the Department of Education. See
Nov. 1, 2024Deadline to file 2024-2025 FAFSA for students seeking January 2025 entrance
Feb. 15, 2024Deadline to file FAFSA for students seeking September 2024 entrance
Mar. 2024Notification to incoming freshmen and transfer students begins for September 2024 entrance
Mar. 1, 2024Deadline for returning students to file FAFSA to be considered for aid in 2024-2025
Apr. 1, 2024Deadline for transfer students to file FAFSA to be considered for 2024-2025
May 1, 2024Deadline for submitting signed copies of parent and student Federal Income Tax Return Transcripts (all pages) if requested by Bryant for September 2024 entrance.
June 2024First mailing of financial aid notifications to continuing students for the 2024-2025 academic year.

*Dates are subject to change. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

File a FAFSA