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If you have the potential, money shouldn’t hold you back. Extraordinary potential is distributed around the world, at every socioeconomic level: your ability to attend a top university should never be limited by where you come from.

Roujia and Or at the residence hall

Our commitment to an affordable education means we only invest in the things that improve your learning experience.

Because Minerva does not have unnecessary infrastructure or offer its faculty tenure, hiring only experts who are passionate about teaching, your annual tuition is about a quarter of what you would pay at other top universities. Housing, services, and other fees are comparable with those at most other public and private institutions in the United States.


Minerva students are bright, driven, and curious — qualities found in students around the globe. We believe anyone who demonstrates these characteristics, as well as outstanding academic performance and exceptional achievement, deserves access to the best education possible.

This video features three Minerva students — Fabiola, Coby, and Dorotea — speaking about their hopes for realizing a more enlightened, prosperous, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Video: Andrew Hida and Jesse Dearing

By sharing the responsibility of funding your own education, you have a powerful incentive to make the most of it.

At Minerva, investing in your future is a shared responsibility. We provide significant financial support for eligible students, but require you and your family to help pay for your education to an extent that is both equitable and manageable.

Three Types of Financial Aid/
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Low-Interest Loans

Minerva offers low-interest loans to all qualified students. These do not exceed $20,000 over all four years and are deliberately structured to greatly reduce your financial burden after graduation.

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Minerva Work-Study

To supplement your family's contribution and help pay down your student loan, Minerva provides extensive term-time employment opportunities to students who demonstrate additional need.

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Need-based Scholarship

If there is still a gap in funding your education, the Minerva Institute will provide a need-based scholarship made possible by the generous contribution of philanthropic donors.

Are you ready to join an ambitious group of challenge seekers?

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