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The Simpson Promise

Our commitment to affordability and access

Misson-based, reality-driven

The Simpson Promise represents our dedication to the success of our students which has been at the heart of our mission since we were founded nearly 160 years ago.

Simpson has traditionally served a population of students with high financial need. When exploring their options, they have found that with the generous awards and scholarships, Simpson becomes affordable for them. 

As that need continues to grow, we wanted to make sure that a high-quality, private college experience was still within reach for these Iowa students we have served for generations.

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Who is eligible for The Simpson Promise?


To qualify for this full tuition award for the 2019-20 academic year, you must:

  • be an Iowa resident and a graduate of an Iowa high school,
  • submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than July 1, 2019, and be eligible for federal aid,
  • reside on campus,
  • have a 2017 family adjusted gross income at or below $60,000,
  • be a full-time, accepted, incoming first-year student for Fall 2019.

Simpson is committed to providing the grant/scholarship amount awarded to the student in their first year, for all four years at Simpson, provided they are in good academic standing and complete the FAFSA. Students are responsible for the costs of room, board, and fees.

What if I don't qualify for The Simpson Promise?


We offer generous and competitive financial aid for every one of our students. That's right—100% of our students receive grants and scholarships.

In fact, every first-year, residential student receives at least $21,000 annually in grant or scholarship assistance. Plus, there are other scholarship opportunities that you can apply for.

Simpson provides $27 million in financial assistance to our students each year, so if you don't qualify for The Simpson Promise, we can still make college affordable for you.

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Is this for real?

Yes. Simpson College is dedicated to making this program clear, transparent and understandable for families. 

The Simpson Promise incorporates a student's federal and state aid awards with Simpson scholarship funds to cover full tuition for the student's first year. The student is required to live on campus and be responsible for room and board.

If there are increases in tuition in subsequent years, the student is responsible for the amount of those increases.

Our financial aid counselors will map out a four-year plan based on your individual situation so you will know exactly what the financial commitment will be.

You owe it to yourself to learn more

Submit the form and see how affordable Simpson can be for your family

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