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. 

The Maguire Scholars Higher Education Program:
Fordham University participates in the Maguire Scholars Program. The scholarship is available to a minimum of 3 incoming freshmen who are graduates of select Pennsylvania high schools.  Fordham University will select the Maguire Scholars recipients based on the student’s financial need, academic merit and participation in school and/or community-based extracurricular activities.  To be considered for the Maguire Scholars Program, please review the high school list to confirm your school is eligible and complete the Maguire Scholars High Education Program Application. The application and all required supporting documentation must be submitted by March 1, 2015 to Patricia Peek, Director of Undergraduate Admission:
By email (preferred):
Patricia Peek, Director of Undergraduate Admission at
By mail:
Patricia Peek, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Fordham University
Duane Library, Room 205
Bronx, NY 10458

In addition, each applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 10, 2015.  Please make sure Fordham University’s school code (002722) is listed on your FAFSA.

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.

Other Grants

Metro Grant:
This $7,000 grant is the minimum award offered to entering fall 2015 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 non-citizen with a valid FAFSA completed annually and maintain 'full-time' enrollment status. 

Financial Aid Facts

More than 91% of enrolled freshman were awarded some type of financial aid from the University.

Last year, Fordham awarded more than $215 million dollars in financial aid and scholarships to all of our undergraduate students. Of this, more than $145 million was in the form of grants. 

Academic year 2013-2014

Total Financial Aid Awarded


Grants & Scholarships


Loans & Work Study


Other (Tuition Waivers,Athletic Awards)


Parent Loans


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