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How Affordable Is Elmira College?

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to say, "Yes!" Elmira is dedicated to the national movement to keep higher education affordable, offering a first-class education at a low cost. Whether you are considering Elmira College as an incoming first-year, a transfer, or a graduate student, we will work with you to explore every option and start you on your journey. We know the financial part of choosing a college is a big decision, so you are automatically reviewed for a scholarship or award when accepted at Elmira. 

Nearly 100% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid

Nearly 100% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid

Elmira College is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.

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Ways to Afford Your Education


Are you looking to receive federal financial assistance from Elmira College? Well, let’s get started. First, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is your ticket to federal student aid. Elmira uses this application to determine your eligibility for school- and state-specific aid. File your FAFSA as soon as possible to access the most amount of aid that can be awarded to you based on your financial need.

Complete the FAFSA


Elmira offers a first-class education at a low cost, with scholarships specifically for first-time undergraduates, transfers, and international undergraduate students. Amounts range from $13,000 to $25,000, with five competitive, full-tuition scholarships available. Students accepted for admission are automatically reviewed for a scholarship or award. The highest-value scholarship is awarded if a student qualifies for multiple academic scholarships or awards.

List of Scholarships


The work-study program gives students valuable work experience while earning a wage to use towards college expenses. Students work in more than 20 different offices on Elmira's campus, such as the library, admissions, and campus life. Work-study jobs are funded by Elmira College and the federal government and are based on financial need. Work aid positions are not based on financial need but and are available to all students.

Work-Study Opportunities

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Elmira College offers federal, state, and institutional grants. Government entities and private organizations are also options. While each has different qualifications, most ask students to provide their financial background and academic information. To start, you must complete the FAFSA. Talk to our Office of Financial Aid for help completing applications.

Need-Based Grants

VA Benefits

Elmira offers unique education benefits and resources for veterans, active military members, and dependents. We also provide tuition assistance for active duty and reservists through their military branch and the Department of Defense.

Full List of Benefits

Tuition & Costs

Elmira's tuition is one of the lowest tuition rates compared to others in the region, which means getting a distinctive degree is affordable and valuable. We also offer students a variety of options to reduce costs, including scholarships, grants, and work-study. Nearly 100% of students receive some form of financial aid. In addition, if you pursue a degree, even part-time, you may be eligible for financial aid in the form of loans.

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Undergraduate Costs

Graduate Costs

Financial Aid Staff

There are so many colleges to choose from, and we know the financial part of the equation is a big one. We will gladly set up time to help you answer questions and to put your mind at ease.

Financial Aid Staff

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