College Junior 2013-11-01T01:53:59Z
The financial aid office is great and always willing to explain the process to students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-12T20:14:07Z
Reed is on a completely need-based financial aid system, so you won't get merit-based scholarships for good academic performance (because most everyone was a high achiever) or athletics (ha!). The college covers 100% of the difference between what you can afford to pay and what it costs, usually with the standard amounts of federal loans, federal grants, federal work-study, and institutional grants in that order.. What you can afford is calculated by FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE forms. The main complaint is that amount might be a little higher than what people think they can *actually* afford, but usually not drastically so. If you think they have horribly miscalculated or not taken certain circumstances into consideration (or if your family circumstances change i.e. a parent gets laid off), you can appeal for more aid. It's a pretty fair and straightforward system, and the financial aid office staff are accessible and very easy to work with.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-27T23:29:02Z
Only Need-Based – Reed doesn't offer merit-based scholarships, so if you (or your family) can pay your way, then you will. However, ALL financial need is met according to the financial aid office and I have personally found that to be a true claim.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-30T03:54:36Z
Fin Aid – I had lots of success at Reed securing good finicial aid. I feel that they are very accomdating and try to help students as much as possible
College Senior 2011-05-27T07:35:21Z
Reed's Financial Aid Department is incredibly personal, and in a great way. You can always talk to them, and almost always get more money if you talk your case well enough. They will do their best to give you as much as the FAFSA says you can't afford, which is usually enough. I have had nothing but good experiences dealing with Financial Aid at Reed.
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