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 $8,000 to $21,000 annually or $32,000 to $84,000 over four years for students applying for the Fall 2019 term. 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 entering Spring 2019, we award merit scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $16,000 ($18,000 for Phi Theta Kappa students) annually for the duration of the undergraduate study. Read more about our Transfer Distinctions Awards.
Merit Scholarships Program
Merit scholarships based on high school academic achievement are awarded to full-time freshmen. Awards are automatically renewed if a student is in good academic standing, in full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits a year.
The Merit Scholarships 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 Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math sections will be considered. 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.
For additional information about aid based on financial need, click here.
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 $8,000 to $12,000 annually or $32,000 to $48,000 over four years. The grants are automatically renewed if a student is in good academic standing, full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits per year. The calculator will indicate potential eligibility for these grants.
Transfer Distinction Award
Your associate’s degree from an accredited institution now guarantees you our highest transfer scholarship of $16,000 (Spring 2019 entry) or $18,000 (Fall 2019 entry) a year through our Transfer Distinction Award. Students who have completed or will complete an associate’s degree, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better will automatically receive this award. Phi Theta Kappa recipients can receive an additional $2,000 per year, guaranteeing your total award of $18,000 or $20,000 every year you maintain the GPA specified on your offer of admission from Western New England University.
Merit Transfer Scholarships
Transfer Scholarships are awarded annually to full-time transfer students who enroll with at least 12 transfer credits. The scholarship is automatically renewed if a student is in good academic standing, in full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits per year.
Merit Transfer Scholarships
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 Spring 2019, students who have at least a 3.50 GPA will be considered for an $16,000 merit scholarship while students whose GPA is 3.00-3.49 will be considered for a $13,000 merit scholarship. Students with a 2.50-2.99 GPA will be considered for a $10,000 merit award.
For Fall 2019, students who have at least a 3.50 GPA will be considered for an $18,000 merit scholarship while students whose GPA is 3.00-3.49 will be considered for a $13,000 merit scholarship. Students with a 2.50-2.99 GPA will 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 student is in good academic standing.
International Student Scholarship
A limited number of International Student Scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $21,000 are offered each year to undergraduate freshmen and transfer students. The scholarship is automatically renewed if a student is in good academic standing, in full-time status, and successfully completing at least 24 credits a 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).
Explore Your Additional Aid Options
To finance their educations, students may also qualify for additional aid such as the University’s Sibling Discount, scholarships or grants based on financial need, student employment on campus (work-study), or loans or other financing. Our Financial Aid Counselors are available to discuss these options with students and parents, to help them make informed decisions.
A $1000/year discount is available to each undergraduate sibling attending the University full-time simultaneously.
Several states award scholarships and grants which can assist students attending Western New England University. These states include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
A limited number of Federal Work-Study jobs, which are based on financial need, are offered as part of the financial aid award.
Additional Financing Options
Additional financial sources may include External Scholarships, Payment Plans, Direct Plus Parent Loans, or private loans. Visit the ELM Select website for more details.