Merit-Based Aid (Scholarships)

Merit-based aid is available at the college as a tuition award. Scholarships are awarded to recognize academic achievement. Consequently, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and do not have to be repaid.

Some scholarships are established to recognize special groups such as non-traditional students, senior women, part-time students, and others. Although specific criteria vary, scholarship applicants are generally required to maintain good academic standing as outlined in the college’s Academic Standing policy on page 92. Scholarship awards are made for the academic year only (Fall and Spring semesters). The total award will be divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters.

All admitted applicants will be considered for most merit-based scholarships automatically upon submission of the admissions application. Awards are made on a rolling basis until funds are expended. For Fall semester, to be considered for the full range and amount of merit-based academic scholarships, freshmen applicants should submit the application before March 1. Please contact our office for information regarding additional departmental and athletic or talent based awards which are set annually and subject to change.

To be considered for need-based financial aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible. For Fall semester, the FAFSA form may be filed as soon after January 1 as possible. In order to qualify for the full range of programs available, your FAFSA must be processed by April 15. The FAFSA is available online at or from the Westminster College Office of Financial Aid. The FAFSA code for Westminster College is 003681.