Loans are currently capped at $12,000 (total for 4 years). They're trying to get rid of them entirely, but I don't think that has been officially announced yet.
Sciences at Davidson are exceptionally strong, and its neuroscience program is fairly unique among LACs. According to the chair of the chem department, approximately 90% of science majors get into their first choice for graduate school, and medical school placement is excellent. I was *extremely* impressed with the quality of the well-equipped science facilities. Arts, especially theater and music, are also strong.