There is limited financial aid available for the University-Level Online program. This aid will be offered in the form of partial and full scholarships for a single course per term. Aid is granted based upon need, as well as other factors including merit. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Aid is not offered to adult applicants (18 years or older).

Need-Based Financial Aid

Financial Aid Scholarship awards are determined by family need and are intended to assist students who would not otherwise be able to participate in the University-Level Online program. Partial scholarships are by far the most common type of scholarship awarded to those admitted to the program. Application fee waivers aren't available for the University-Level Online.

The University-Level Online Program will make financial aid determinations after the posted term deadline, continuing until all funds have been depleted. Only applications received before the term deadline will be considered for financial aid. Only applications received before the term deadline will be considered for financial aid. It is suggested that students who require a scholarship complete their applications early and carefully review their admissions offers if admitted to the program. Scholarships will be evaluated at the end of the application process, however, awards are time sensitive and must be accepted within the timeframe stated in the formal offer. As overall funds diminish, total award amounts may decrease in size. All financial information is confidential. It doesn't figure into program admissions decisions, which are need-blind. Aid decisions are evaluated each term—aid granted in one term does not guarantee it will be granted for later terms.

Financial Aid Eligibility

To be eligible for a financial aid scholarship, students must complete the University-Level Online application and indicate that they wish to apply for financial aid. If financial aid is selected in the online application, submission of requested forms will be requested. Students must upload their family’s tax returns from the previous year. U.S. Federal (1040) tax returns are appropriate documentation for domestic students. International students should provide proof of year-end family earnings in the form of a tax return required by your country of residence. Specific information about required documentation is available in the application. We reserve the right to request further documentation regarding family income, as needed.

Scholarships are determined by the SPCS University-Level Online program. An applicant's scholarship information is retained by the University-Level Online program and won't be shared with Stanford University or any outside party. University-Level Online financial aid scholarships are awarded based on internal policies which are not the same as those used by the university in calculating student financial aid packages.