Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Fordham University is committed to keeping college afforable.  Founded as a college to serve immigrants in New York City, Fordham's mission calls us to serve those who could not afford to attend the University without financial assistance.

Applying for Financial Aid

Detailed Information for Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants can be found here.

Merit Based Scholarships

All candidates for admission will be considered for the following scholarships.  The student's application for admission is also the application for major merit-based scholarships at Fordham.

Presidential Scholarship:
Full-tuition and room award renewable for four years.  Awarded to the top admitted students each year (typically within the top 1% of the admitted pool).  Presidential Scholars are generally ranked in the top 1-2% in their high school class and demonstrate excellent academic achievement in high school, test scores, and personal characteristics.  April 1 notification.

Semifinalist Scholarship: Full-tuition award renewable for four years.  Recipients are finalists or semifinalists in the National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship Programs who possess an A or A- average and are in the top 2-3% of all admitted students.  Notification at the time of admission. 

Dean's Scholarship:
Awards begin at $15,000 and increase based on a student's financial need as demonstrated by the FASFA and/or CSS profile.  Recipients are among the top 10% of all admitted students, with a solid A or A- average, high academic performance in a competitive curriculum, and above 2100 or its equivalent on standardized testing. 

Metro Grant:
$7,000 per year. This grant is the minimum award offered to entering freshman and transfer students who commute to Fordham from their permanent residence in New York City or the surrounding areas. In order to be eligible you must also be a citizen or eligible noncitizen with a valid FAFSA completed annually and maintain 'full-time' enrollment status. It is renewable up to 4 years for eligible students who continue to commute from their permanent residence and maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students eligible for both Metro Grant and a Fordham Scholarship will receive the higher of the two awards, not a combination of the two.

Other Scholarships:  We also offer a range of scholarships that are based on merit and/or need.  Scholarship awards vary based on the individual requirements but can range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Financial Aid Facts

Last year, Fordham awarded more than $212 million dollars in financial aid and scholarships to our students. Of this, more than $118 million was in the form of grants.  More than 93% of enrolled freshman were awarded some type of financial aid from the University.

Academic year 2012-2013

Total Financial Aid Awarded


Grants & Scholarships




Other (Parent Loans, Tuition Waivers,Athletic Awards)


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