What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Financial Aid Application Impact on Admissions

Hey fam! So I'm starting to look into colleges and something's been nagging me. Does applying for financial aid affect your chances of admission? I’m looking at both public and private colleges and I’ll probably need some financial support.

7 months ago

Hey there! It's a great question and definitely relevant for many college applicants. In general, the majority of public colleges and universities have a need-blind admissions policy, which means they don't take your financial aid application into consideration when making admission decisions. It is worth knowing that a few private colleges also have need-blind policies, but not all of them.

Some private colleges use a need-aware or need-sensitive admissions policy, which means that your financial aid application can have an impact on your chances of admission. It's important to research each college's specific policy, as it can vary between institutions. That being said, most colleges are committed to helping students with demonstrated financial need, so don't let the fear of this aspect deter you from applying for financial aid.

Lastly, remember that applying for scholarships and grants from external organizations can also provide some financial support, without necessarily affecting your admissions chances. Good luck with your college search and applications!

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.