Tuition (yearly) $63,802
Housing & Meals (yearly) $18,640
Mixed Fees (yearly) $842
Enrollment Fee $500
Cost information is approximate, please visit the program's website for the most up to date information available.
Sociolinguistics is about how language is used in society and how social factors affect the way we speak. At Bennington, students studying sociolinguistics explore how language shapes our identities and how social status and power influence those identities. They examine how people adapt their language during conversations and how it reflects things like gender, sexuality, group membership, and social status. They ask questions about not only what is said, but also how it is said, who says it, and why. Students also learn about the cognitive and structural aspects of language as a system and how it's influenced by different contexts. They use both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze language, and they evaluate different approaches to this important human topic.
At Bennington, you design your own course of study and work, taking full advantage of the College’s resources both inside and outside the classroom. This process goes beyond the bounds of a traditional major. You identify one or more areas of interest that spark your intellectual curiosity and provide a foundation for your academic work and fieldwork, and you pursue that work with ongoing guidance from your faculty. This is your Plan.
Grants & Scholarships
At Bennington, grant resources include the Bennington Grant, federal Pell and SEOG, and various state grants. Bennington offers a $20,000 annual scholarship to all Vermonters regardless of need.
State or Local Grant
State or Local Scholarship
Veteran Educational Assistance Program
Post 9-11 GI Bill
Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance
State or Local Military Assistance
Loans come in many different forms. Federal student loans may be offered as part of an undergraduate aid award in amounts of $5,500 to $12,500 annually. Federal PLUS loans are available to parents. In some circumstances students may apply for a private alternative loan, but they will typically need a co-signer to qualify.
Federal Subsidized Loan
Federal Unsubsidized Loan
State or Local Loan
Parent PLUS Loan
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