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Admissions FAQs

You've got questions and you want quick answers. You've come to the right place. Here are some of the questions we get asked frequently by prospective students and their parents regarding the admission and financial aid process. If you don't find your question in the list below, contact us at admissions@bridgewater.edu or 800-759-8328.

Admissions

What are your admission requirements?
Admission to Bridgewater is granted to those who present evidence of the ability to succeed in the academic and social atmosphere that is found at Bridgewater. View the admission requirements.

How do I apply to Bridgewater?

First, you need to submit an application. Second, complete your application by submitting your standardized test results (either SAT or ACT) and high school transcript. For a complete explanation of the application procedure please visit the admission requirements page.

When should I apply?
You may submit an application for admission upon the completion of your junior year in high school, but no later than May 1 of the year in which you wish to enroll. If you wish to enroll at the beginning of Interterm or the Spring Semester, you must file an application for admission at least 30 days in advance of the date of enrollment.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Bridgewater's rolling admission system allows a student to apply at any time. If students apply early, they will be notified of their admission status early. A rolling admission system means there is always more space in the class at the beginning of the academic year than at the end of the year. Students who delay application until May 1 risk the possibility that the class will be full.

Do you offer campus tours and interviews for prospective students?
You can schedule a personal tour or attend an open house event. Personal tours are offered weekdays and most Saturdays. You may attend one of our open houses for a tour and lunch on us. The Admissions Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on most Saturdays when classes are in session. To schedule a visit or for more information, contact us at admissions@bridgewater.edu or 800-759-8328.

Financial Aid

What kinds of financial assistance are available at Bridgewater?
Bridgewater awards more than $18 million in scholarships and grants to students each year. Loans are also available. Approximately 99 percent of Bridgewater students receive some type of financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work-study.

How will the amount of financial aid I receive be determined?
We'll use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other information you submit to us to determine the amount of need-based aid you will receive. That figure represents the financial gap between what your family can afford and the amount of our tuition and costs. Variables such as home equity, family size, number of students attending college, and ages of pre-college siblings are considered.

How do I apply for financial aid at Bridgewater?
The first step is to submit your application for admission. Then visit www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the online method to apply for financial aid. Submit the FAFSA and all other required documents by the priority date of March 1. Applications submitted after this date may be too late for many aid programs. Use our school code, 003704, on your application.

What are the deadlines for submitting my financial aid application and documents?
Visit applying for financial aid for complete information on applying for financial aid.

What is an award package?
An award package lists the grants, loans and work programs that you have been awarded for the academic year at Bridgewater College. Your package is based on the aid application you submitted for the academic year. By using your FAFSA analysis, we determine the types and amounts of grants, loans and work programs in which you will be eligible to receive funding at Bridgewater College. This information will be sent to your home address. Your award package will list standard tuition and fees, and room and board for resident students. It will provide an estimate of the amount you can expect to pay after financial aid.

When will I receive my package?
Award packages are sent to incoming students beginning in mid-March. In order for us to prepare your package, you must have been admitted to the College, and a valid analysis of your FAFSA must have been received in our office. Packages are continually released after the middle of March as new students are admitted and FAFSA analyses are received from the federal processor.

What information will be included in my financial aid award package?
Award packages include: a personal award letter listing standard charges, financial aid and estimated balance to be paid to the College; an individualized checklist detailing specifics of the aid programs listed in the award letter and calling attention to items requiring further action from the student; information on the Parent PLUS loan and alternative loans for students; and forms required for verification (if applicable).

For additional financial aid questions and answers visit financial aid faq's.

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