Scholarships and Grants
"Gift aid" is any money you receive that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships and grants are the two major types of gift aid.
All freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships without regard to financial eligibility. Most merit scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.
Scholarship eligibility is based on high school grade point average, strength of curriculum, and SAT or ACT scores. Eligible students are automatically notified by the Office of Admissions. Merit awards cannot be combined with the Service Scholars and First Generation Scholarships.
Transfer Achievement Scholarships are awarded to full-time transfer students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 from all previously attended institutions. Award amounts range from $7,000 to $10,000 per year.
- Service Scholars Program (Freshman only)
- First Generation Scholarship Program (Freshman only)
- Honors Program
- Science Scholars Program
- Foreign Language Scholarship Program (Freshman only)
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (Transfer only)
- Flower City Award (Out-of-state students)
- Legacy Award
Restricted and Endowed Scholarships
The College awards numerous restricted and endowed scholarships, made possible by the generosity of individuals and organizations. All applicants for financial aid are automatically considered for scholarships for which they meet the established criteria.
Private organizations and foundations also offer scholarship funds. The Financial Aid Office maintains a growing list of outside scholarships you may apply for.
The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree that have demonstrated the highest calculated need. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines this award. The FAFSA must be completed.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Federal Pell Grant recipients who have demonstrated the highest calculated need. The FAFSA must be completed. The average award is $1,000. Funds are limited and subject to availability.
The TEACH Grant is a federal program which awards up to $4,000 per year for eligible undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach and fulfill a required service agreement. Learn more about each program:
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
A student may be eligible for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if they are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of their EFC, but they do meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and their parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. The student must have been under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of their parent's or guardian's death. The student must complete the FAFSA.
U.S. Bureau of Indian Education: Higher Education Grant Program
The grant application is available from the education officer of the tribe in which the student is affiliated with or possesses membership. The student must be a member of, or at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendent of a member of an American Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs because of their status as Indians. More information can be found from the US Bureau of Indian Education.
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Undergraduate students that are residents of New York state may be eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). To apply for the grant, students must complete the FAFSA and TAP application. This grant amount currently depends upon the student's level of study, the family's taxable income, and state funding. Qualifying income is determined by the state. The state notifies the student and the Financial Aid Office of the official grant amounts. Our undergraduate school code is 0735.
New York State Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PT TAP)
The Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PT-TAP) award is awarded to matriculated students who were incoming freshmen undergraduate students enrolled in 3-11 credits. In addition, students must have been a full-time student, earning 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive terms, and having a C (2.0) cumulative GPA before being considered eligible for this grant. Students must meet the income requirement of New York State Net Taxable Income limit of $80,000 (dependent students) or $10,000 (independent students). Annual award amount is based on the individual student's eligibility and prorated based on the number of credits they are enrolled in. Students must fill out the TAP application in addition to the FAFSA.
New York State Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program is awarded to matriculated undergraduate students enrolled in 3-11 credits, meeting the income requirements of New York State Net Taxable Income limit of $50,500 (dependent students) or $34,500 (independent students). The annual award amount is $500-$2,000 and is determined by the Financial Aid Office. Download the APTS Application [pdf] or pick up the form in the Financial Aid Office.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocation Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
This program is designed assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Any resident of New York State who has a substantial emotional, mental, or physical disability who can become employable may apply for assistance. More information is available through the New York State Education Department.
St. John Fisher College Grants
St. John Fisher College grants require full-time undergraduate enrollment. Grants vary according to financial need. All financial aid applicants are automatically considered for St. John Fisher College grants.