Undergraduate Financial Aid


Financial Aid is a Partnership

Attending Saint Mary's requires an investment in the student's education and future by the student and/or family. Through careful review of each family's financial circumstances, we aim to provide additional need-based resources to support and complement the investment made by students and families.  This partnership underscores our commitment to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to pursue their academic goals with confidence and support. 

Please use the information below and throughout our website to guide you through the financial aid process. 

Additionally, our financial aid staff is easily accessible and will sit down with you to go through the financial aid process step-by-step if you need it. Every student's situation is unique but it's our mission to do everything we can to help make Saint Mary's affordable for you and your family. 

Need to set up an appointment? Have questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 631-4370 or email finaid@stmarys-ca.edu.

For information on the cost of attendance, click here.

For information on appealing your financial aid (also known as professional judgement), click here.

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Estimate Your Cost of Attendance

Incoming undergraduate should use the College's Net Price Calculator tool to help determine what estimated scholarships and other financial aid assistance are available to them as well as what the actual cost will be to attend Saint Mary's College.

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Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Estimate your cost of attendance by applying for FAFSA as soon as possible. We can’t offer you any aid until we've received your completed FAFSA forms. You can find more information about applying for aid here

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The scholarships can range from $2,000 to full tuition per academic year. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded on a need and merit basis and many are renewed yearly.

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Paying for the Remaining Costs

After scholarships and need-based grants have been applied, families typically use a combination of the following to pay for the remaining cost: 

  1. Federal Work Study
  2. Federal Student Loans
  3. Outside Scholarships
  4. Saint Mary's Tuition Payment Plan
  5. Federal Parent Plus Loan
  6. Private Loans
  7. Direct Payment

Do not hesitate to reach out to our financial aid team to talk through a plan on financing your remaining investment in your future at Saint Mary's. Call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 631-4370 or email finaid@stmarys-ca.edu.