Student Financial Assistance

All Offices & Services

Grants, Scholarships & Loans

Ursinus College offers financial assistance based both on merit and financial circumstances. 

The college’s scholarship, loan, and student employment programs total more than $40 million for 2015-2016. Ninety-five percent of Ursinus students receive some form of financial assistance.

Students who submit the FAFSA 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 considered for any eligible scholarships.

Unique Scholarships at Ursinus

The college offers several unique scholarships that have distinct deadlines and application requirements. Special scholarships include the Zacharias National Scholarships, Creative Writing Award, Bonner Leaders Program, Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholarship and Performing Arts Scholarships in Dance, Music & Theater.

The college is also introducing the new Ursinus Gateway Scholarship, a program that makes Ursinus an affordable option for high-achieving students.

Ursinus College Aid

  • Merit Scholarships
    Merit Scholarships are awarded to full-time students on the basis of academic achievements and leadership potential. Students awarded Ursinus College Scholarships must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for renewal. Application deadline: Students may apply under our Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision deadlines. 

  • Zacharias National Scholarships
    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 receive at least $35,000 per academic year. Application deadline: Early Action/Early Decision I (Nov 1) or Early Decision II (Feb 1) program to be considered. 
  • Rev. Charles Rice Memorial Scholarships

    Ursinus College awards the Rice Memorial Scholarship to applicants who have meaningfully impacted issues of diversity and inclusion in their schools and/or communities, and who have achieved success in a rigorous high school curriculum. The scholarship aims to reward forward-thinking and morally conscious students who reflect Rev. Charles Rice’s character and share his passion for issues of social justice, equality and faith. Students who are selected for the scholarship will receive awards of $33,000 per academic year. Rice application deadline: Early Action/Early Decision I (Nov 1) or Early Decision II/Regular Decision (Feb 1) program to be considered.

  • Gateway Scholarships
    The newest scholarship at Ursinus is the Gateway Scholarship, which guarantees eligible high-achieving students $30,000 per year for four years. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet our college prep-level course requirements and earn a minimum ACT composite score of 27, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220 on the critical reading and math sections. Application deadline: Students may apply under our Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision deadlines.
  • Legacy Scholarships
    Legacy Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to admitted applicants who are the children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces or 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. Application deadline: Students may apply under our Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision deadlines. 
  • 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. Your FAFSA must be submitted by May 1st to receive state grant consideration.
  • Non-Pennsylvania State Grants
    These funds are awarded by a state other than Pennsylvania. 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 federally grants are awarded through Ursinus College to students with extremely high financial need. They do not have to be repaid.


  • Federal Direct Loan
    These loans are offered by the federal government to all students who complete a valid FAFSA. The repayment of these loans is deferred while the student is enrolled at least part-time. 
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
    Parent PLUS loans are offered by the federal government to parents of undergraduate students. Approval is subject to a credit check. The repayment of these loans is deferred while the student is enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.      

    Please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance for details about these programs.

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 to this competitive program.
  • 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. 
  • RaiseMe and SAGE
    Ursinus participates in the RaiseMe micro scholarship program as well as SAGE tuition rewards. Credit totals for each program must be reported to the College prior to receiving notification of your admission decision.
  • Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL)
    Ursinus College is included as one of only 44 CTCL, a book and non-profit organization that recognizes colleges for their ability to help students succeed. Admitted Ursinus students are eligible to apply for the CTCL Scholarship by March 23, 2018. A copy of your Ursinus acceptance letter must be submitted by April 7, 2018. To read more about the scholarship, click here.