Merit Aid & Grants
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Everyone knows that good grades and test scores are the key to getting into the college of your choice. At Western New England University, they can also dramatically lower your tuition each year you are enrolled.
Western New England University offers merit scholarships and grants, ranging from $6,000 to $20,000 annually or $24,000 to $80,000 over four years. These are awarded to full-time freshmen at the time of acceptance into the University. The University also awards need-based scholarships and grants based on financial need and previous academic achievement.
For full-time transfer students we award merit scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $15,000 ($17,000 for Phi Theta Kappa students) annually for the duration of the undergraduate study.
Presidential Scholars Program
Merit scholarships based on high school academic achievement are awarded to full-time freshmen. Awards are automatically renewed based on maintaining a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits a year.
The Presidential Scholars Program is comprised of Presidential Scholars Awards, Provost's Scholar Awards, and Dean's Scholar Awards. Awards are based on test scores (SAT or ACT) and a recalculated Grade Point Average (GPA). This GPA is calculated by the Admissions Office at the time of acceptance and is based on traditional, college-prep courses. These include grades in English, math, science, language, and selected social science courses. Grades that are not calculated into the GPA include those for music, art, religion, non-programming computer courses, and technical courses, to name a few. Grades for Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and college-level courses are given additional weight. Only the SAT scores for the Critical Reading (Verbal) and Math sections will be considered; we will not consider the Writing score. For the ACT, we will use the Composite score in determining merit eligibility. If a student takes the test multiple times, we will calculate a new total score by using the highest individual scores. If a student takes the SAT and ACT tests, we will consider whichever is most advantageous to the student.
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The chart below provides examples; the calculator illustrates awards which will be generally offered to freshmen for 2017-18. You can enter your grades into the calculator on a 4.00 scale, on a 100 point scale, or with a letter grade (including a + or - for letter grades). If you have any questions or would like to further discuss your academic background in regards to scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions at 413-782-1321.
Students who are not eligible for an academic scholarship are considered for a Success Grant, which is not based on financial need. These grants range from $6,000 to $11,000 annually or $24,000 to $44,000 over four years. The grants are automatically renewed based on maintaining a 2.30 cumulative grade point average, full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits per year. The calculator will indicate potential eligibility for these grants.
Transfer Scholarships are awarded annually to full-time transfer students who enroll with at least 12 transfer credits. For consideration, students must have at least a 3.00 grade point average from their previous college(s). The scholarship is automatically renewed based on maintaining a 2.70 Western New England University grade point average, full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits per year.
Eligibility for the Merit Transfer Scholarships is normally based only on grades for college-level courses, usually referred to as 100-level (or higher) courses. A composite college GPA will be calculated for students who attended more than one college. For the Fall 2017, students who have at least a 3.50 GPA will usually be considered for an $15,000 merit scholarship while students whose GPA is 3.00-3.49 will usually be considered for a $12,000 merit scholarship. Students with a 2.50-2.99 GPA will usually be considered for a $10,000 merit award.
Transfer Students who do not qualify for a Merit Transfer Scholarship will be considered for a special grant, which can be awarded without regard to financial need. The calculator above can be used to determine your potential eligibility. Change the calculator's GPA to College GPA and do not enter any test scores.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
We also offer an additional $2,000 to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa at their community college and have a 3.00 or higher composite GPA from all institutions previously attended. To be eligible, students must matriculate immediately following completion of their two-year college degree. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident, and they cannot have previously received a bachelor's degree. The scholarship is renewable for a second year of full-time study if a 2.7 Western New England University grade point average is maintained.
International Student Scholarship
A limited number of International Student Scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $20,000 are offered each year to undergraduate freshmen and transfer students. The scholarship is automatically renewed based on maintaining a 2.70 Western New England University grade point average, full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits per year. The Admissions Office selects recipients who have an outstanding academic record and who have at least a 213 computer-based TOEFL score (79-80 Internet-based or 550 paper-based).