Grants, Scholarships and Loans
Ursinus College offers financial assistance based both on merit and on financial circumstances. The College's scholarship, loan, and student employment programs total more than $35 million for 2013-2014. Approximately 95 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance, whether it be through student employment, loans, or college funds
Every student who submits the FAFSA and PROFILE will be considered for all aid programs administered by the College.
Merit scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission. All applicants to the college are automatically considered for any eligible scholarships. With the exception of the Creative Writing Award, no extra submissions or actions are required for scholarship consideration.
Please visit the Financial Aid Office site for details about these programs.
Ursinus College Aid
- Merit Scholarships
Awarded to full-time students on the basis of academic achievements and leadership potential. Students awarded Ursinus College Scholarships must maintain a yearly grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for renewal.
- Zacharias National Scholarship
The Zacharias National Scholarship is our highest recognition for academic achievement and leadership. Ursinus College awards the scholarship to those outstanding students who, through superior high school achievements, demonstrate intellectual gifts and show evidence of leadership in school and community activities. Recipients will receive $32,000 per academic year.
- Steinbright Scholarships
Ursinus College awards the Steinbright Scholarship to applicants who attend high school in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, & Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Ursinus College awards the scholarship to those outstanding students who, through superior high school achievements, demonstrate intellectual gifts and their leadership potential. Recipients will receive $32,000 per academic year.
- Tower Scholarships
Ursinus College awards the Tower Scholarship to applicants who have demonstrated meaningful impact on issues of diversity and inclusion in their schools and/or communities, and who have achieved success in rigorous high school curricula. Recipients will receive $32,000 per academic year.
- Legacy Scholarship
Legacy Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to admitted applicants who are the children, siblings, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews of Ursinus students and alumni. To receive the Legacy Scholarship an applicant is required to indicate on his or her application the legacy connection(s) and the legacy year(s) of graduation from Ursinus.
- Ursinus College Fund
These funds are available to full time students who demonstrate financial need. A student must apply annually to be considered for this fund.
State and Federal Grants
- Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA)
These funds are awarded by the State of Pennsylvania on the basis of its financial need formula. This is a grant that does not have to be repaid. The amount of the final award is determined by the state.
- Non-Pennsylvania State Grants
These funds are awarded by your state on the basis of their financial need formula. This is a grant or scholarship that does not have to be repaid.
- Federal Pell Grant
These are grants awarded by the federal government on the basis of its financial need formula. This grant is from the federal government and does not need to be repaid.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
These federal grants are awarded through Ursinus College to students with extremely high financial need. They do not have to be repaid.
- Federal Perkins Loan
These limited loan funds are provided by the federal government and are awarded to the neediest students. The repayment of this loan is deferred while the student is enrolled at least part-time.
Other Sources of Aid
- Tuition Exchange Scholarship
Ursinus College is a member of the Tuition Exchange Program. Children of employees of schools participating in the program may apply.
- Veterans and OVR Benefits
VA and OVR benefit possibilities are determined by contacting your local Veterans Administration and/or regional Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Private Scholarship Sources
Outside scholarships may be available from private organizations.