Ananda College of Living Wisdom values economic diversity in its student population and is committed to working with students from a variety of financial situations. We also encourage our students to be resourceful,on their own and through the work exchange and scholarships opportunities provided by the college.
Many of our students exchange work for a reduction in tuition. Work-study scholarships range from $500 to maximum $3,500 per academic year. The number of hours per week and type of work available varies. A maximum of 15 hours and minimum 3 hours per week is available. Students need to maintain a grade average of 3.0 or better to retain scholarship eligibility.
Work-study scholarships candidates must first submit both a general application and a financial aid application,then follow-up with a personal interview after being accepted.
Typical work-study scholarship opportunities include but are not limited to cooking for the college, working in our bakery, construction, helping in our vegetable gardens or orchards, housekeeping and cleaning, wood-cutting and stacking, maintenance help, computer work and a variety of tasks that support college guests and residents.
Sri Yukteswar Scholarship
The Sri Yukteswar Scholarship is available for students applying for a B.A. degree in Living Wisdom Studies; transfer students may also apply. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students in increments, from $500 to$2,500, base on an interview, essay and financial need. A general application and financial aid application must be submitted first, followed by a personal interview after a candidate has been accepted.
Though highly encouraged, the study abroad program is not mandatory. Costs for the program include airfare, tuition, room and board for 2-4 weeks (around $5,000). No scholarships are available for this program.
Support from other sources
Ananda College encourages students to identify potential sponsors for monthly support or lump sum contributions. A number of our students have cultivated multiple sponsorships from their communities, friends and extended families. A parent, co-signer or sponsor is asked to fill out an agreement with Ananda College forthese purposes. (See Financial Aid Application, Section II, Co-Signer Information.) Currently, we do not offer FAFSA loans.
There are other possibilities to help offset your college expenses
Many employers offer assistance with college expenses for children of their employees. Find other resources via your local library or the internet to help you search for college grants or scholarships offered in your geographic area and/or field of interest.
After application information is reviewed, students will be contacted for an admissions interview, preferably in person. Once admitted, students will meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss scholarship and financial aid options, and to sign a financial aid contract. If students are being subsidized by parents or sponsors, signed agreements will be required by a financial aid advisor.