Cost and Value

The Investment of a Lifetime, Because You are Worth It

When you’re looking at the value of the K Experience—individualized curriculum, overseas experiences, and impactful internships or externships—it’s hard to believe it could be so affordable.

At Kalamazoo College we invest in your future, just take a look at the numbers and you’ll see our commitment to creating an affordable, accessible experience:

  • 98% of our students receive some sort of financial aid.
  • Merit scholarships range between $30,000-$42,000 annually.
  • $44,311: Average need-based financial aid package.
  • More than $56 million was awarded to students in the 2021-22 academic year

More Bang for Your Buck

The Princeton Review named K a Best Value College for return on investment, and K was #19 on Money Magazine’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges list based on quality, affordability and outcomes.

Still unsure? Our Office of Financial Aid can walk you through the ins and outs of our aid packages and show you a path to K.

2022-2023

Academic Year Costs


Tuition and Fees $56,412
Food and Housing $11,340

Merit-Based Scholarships

Get Admitted. Get a Scholarship. At the Same Time!

We automatically consider all applicants (first-year and transfer, domestic and international) for merit-based scholarships. No additional application is required.

  • These tuition-specific awards range from $30,000-$42,000/year for up to 4 years (while enrolled full-time, and in satisfactory academic progress).
Unweighted GPA RangesTypical Merit Scholarship Amounts*
3.0 – 3.6$30,000 – $33,000
3.6 – 3.8$34,000 – $37,000
3.8 – 4.0+$38,000 – $42,000
*You may also qualify for need based aid, if you apply
  • Your merit scholarship is determined by your academic achievements: the grades you earned, the challenging courses you have taken — everything that tells us you love to learn.
  • You get notified about your admission and scholarship offers at the same time.
  • Your merit scholarship can apply to your study abroad or study away experience.
  • We do not use your SAT and/or ACT scores to determine the size of your scholarship. (Remember: our admission process is 100% test-optional!)

Please consult the Types of Financial Aid page for additional information on scholarships and grants typically received by Kalamazoo College through the Office of Financial Aid.

Need-Based Aid

We’re here to make sure Kalamazoo College is available to the students who belong here and will make our campus a richer community for all of us.

For you to be considered for additional state, federal, and institutional need-based aid you will need to file your FAFSA (ISFAA for international students) with K’s code, 002275. Once a student has submitted their FASFA or ISFAA, the Office of Financial Aid will determine if they are eligible for need-based grants and or work-study.

We recommend you file the FAFSA prior to the dates listed below to ensure your financial aid award is sent to you in a timely manner.

Admission ProgramFAFSA submitted by:Financial Aid Award Offer
Early DecisionNovember 15December 15
Early ActionNovember 15January 15 – March 15
Regular DecisionJanuary 15April 1

International students who do not submit their ISFAA at the time of admission should not expect any need-based aid for the duration of their four years at Kalamazoo College

Additional Scholarship Programs

Music and Theatre Scholarships (Enlightened Leadership Award)

These competitive, tuition-specific, $5,000 scholarships (renewable for up to 4 years) are awarded to admitted students who demonstrate significant achievement in music or theatre arts. Recipients participate in ensembles and productions during their time at K, but are not required to major or minor in the arts. Learn more about this scholarship program through our music and theatre scholarships page.

Kalamazoo Promise

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, the nationally renowned scholarship program known as the Kalamazoo Promise extended their program by partnering with Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA), a consortium of independent, liberal arts-focused colleges. As a member of the MCA, Kalamazoo College may enroll and support Kalamazoo Promise-eligible students according to the terms of the program. Promise-eligible students are not eligible to receive merit scholarship aid from the College in addition to the Promise award; the level of tuition support is dependent on the qualifying years of eligibility under the terms of the Promise. For program details, please review the Kalamazoo Promise website.

National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Finalists who select Kalamazoo College as their first choice are eligible for a $2,000 renewable scholarship or a $2,500 one time scholarship. Please consult the National Merit Scholarship Program website for additional information on eligibility and requirements.

K Tradition Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have one grandparent, parent, step-parent or legal guardian as an alum of Kalamazoo College.  This award is open to first-year, transfer and international applicants.