We understand this year has been challenging for many students and their families, especially as they navigate emergency expenses and other economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have taken steps where possible to ease the strain. 

Kenyon’s revised budget for fiscal year 2021 incorporates reserves for financial aid, including contingencies for students with more financial need than might have been expected before the pandemic. The following financial adjustments will be applied during the 2020–21 academic year:

  • A one-time tuition credit — 10 percent, or $3,040 per semester — has been applied to students’ accounts in recognition of changes to the campus experience. This credit was reflected on the August billing statement and also will appear on the December billing statement. 

  • The student activities fee ($150 per semester) has been charged for only the semester(s) students are on campus.

  • Room and board has been charged for only the semester students are in residence; all rooms were set at the double-occupancy residence hall rate ($2,710 per semester). 

  • The financial aid calculation of students who qualify for need-based aid includes a $2,000 personal allowance to offset indirect costs associated with the remote semester. 

  • As in the fall, students studying remotely in the spring term who would otherwise have work-study as part of a need-based financial aid package have had that allocation converted to a Remote Learning Grant and will receive a check to be mailed the week of Feb. 15, 2021. Additional updates to student employment policies for the 2020–21 year, including recommendations for student employers, were communicated in an Aug. 21 email to campus.

Have questions about financial aid? 

Visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website to explore your options or to schedule a time to talk. 

Have questions about your billing invoices and payments?

Visit the Student Accounts Office website or email student.billing@kenyon.edu.

Additional Information

Students who were enrolled at Kenyon (or in an approved off-campus program) on March 13, 2020, may still apply for funds to offset expenses related to the disruption of their education due to the coronavirus. Expenses may include travel, temporary lodging and food, shipping and storage, and supplies to study or work remotely, such as computer equipment and internet service. Funding for this comes in part from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress in late March. In addition to the CARES Act, Kenyon has allocated institutional dollars to support students who are not eligible for federal funding.

To apply: Please complete this short COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Application.

We recognize that the financial circumstances of students and families may have changed, and that they may face increased need for financial aid. This may be due to a loss of income (including student earnings expected during the academic year), unreimbursed medical expenses or the tragic loss or disability of a parent. Kenyon has developed a supplemental financial aid application to consider requests for an adjustment to 2020-21 financial aid awards. 

To apply: Please complete this Financial Aid Special Circumstances and Hardship Request.

Those who have not already applied for financial aid and suffered a loss should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@kenyon.edu to discuss required application procedures.

The financial aid staff has worked to make the process as easy as possible, and once the request is granted, students will be given the option for receiving the funds as a credit to their account, a deposit to their K-Card, or as a check.


U.S. citizens and permanent residents must reapply annually for need-based financial aid. For 2021-2022 applications, Kenyon will waive the requirement to complete a renewal CSS Profile. Instead, students (or parents) may complete a short supplemental form where they may describe any extenuating circumstances. In addition, awards will be released earlier than is typical; the priority deadline for submitting 2021-2022 applications has been moved to March 1 to provide ample time to review and package awards. Financial aid counselors are available to discuss any specific concerns you may have.

Please visit our website for contact information.

Related Announcements

COVID-19 Update: Financial Support

On Nov. 20, 2020, Kenyon shared information about financial support with students and their families.