Drawing on information from the economics department, the vocational bureau and the warden’s office, the college estimated that the average cost to a student for a year at Vassar was $1,855. Moderate economies reduced the cost to $1,552, and stringent economies would result in further reduction of cost to a $1,362 minimum. In the 1935-36 academic year, the study revealed, 411 students engaged in “self-help” activities to earn a total of $37,855.05.
The gap between the $1,200 fee each student paid for a year’s tuition and residence and the actual cost to the college for each student’s year, “several hundred dollars,” was covered by endowment and gifts. No figures were given in this study for scholarship aid.