You’re wise to be wary of the cost of a college education. Bennington is certainly up there in terms of tuition and R&B fees. Here are the stats:
- Room & Board- $12,160
- Students receiving financial aid- 86%
- Average Bennington scholarship/grant package- $25,466
- Average student indebtedness after 4 years: $23,002
My impression is that Bennington is an expensive school, but has excellent financial aid. College board puts our average first year aid package at $33,664. Average debt after graduation is actually lower than the national average (private college average $27,650, ours is $23,000).
When you apply to Bennington you are automatically considered for need and merit based aid. In my personal experience, Bennington was the cheapest school I got into after aid. So the moral of the story is to not be scared off by the sticker price. Apply and see what happens.