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Scholarships and Grants

Fordham University's Office of Admission offers a number of merit-based scholarships. A list of these awards is below. In addition, the Office of Financial Services may award other merit and/or need-based awards depending on a student's eligibility. Further information about those scholarships and grants is available on the Undergraduate Financial Aid webpage.

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.

Cunniffe Presidential Scholarship: Award covers tuition, room, board, and fees and is renewable for four years. Recipients are also eligible for a maximum of $20,000 over four years to use for academic enrichment experiences. Awarded to the top admitted students each year (typically within the top 1% of the admitted pool). Cunniffe Presidential Scholars are generally ranked in the top 1-2% of their high school class and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, 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 or National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship Programs who possess a solid A average and are in the top 2–3% of all admitted students. Notification is made 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 FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. Typically, recipients are among the top 10% of all admitted students, have earned an A average in a competitive curriculum, and have scored above 1490 (super-scored SAT) or 34 (super-scored composite ACT). Notification is made at the time of admission.

Rev. George McMahon, S.J. Scholarship: Recipients are among the most talented students admitted to Fordham. McMahon Scholars are generally ranked at or near the top of their high school class and demonstrate excellent academic achievement in high school, strong test scores, extracurricular involvement, personal characteristics such as leadership and an orientation to service as well as financial need. Award amounts will vary depending on the student’s need.

Other Scholarships: We also offer a range of additional scholarships that are based on merit and/or need. Scholarship awards and amounts vary based on specified criteria.

The Maguire Scholars Higher Education Program

Fordham University participates in the Maguire Scholars Program. The scholarship is available to incoming first-year students who are graduates of specific Pennsylvania high schools. Fordham will select 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. In addition, each applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 15, 2019, for Early Action/Early Decision applicants or by February 10, 2020, for Priority Performance and Regular Decision applicants. Please make sure Fordham University's school code (002722) is listed on your FAFSA.

The National Catholic College Admission Association Scholarship

Fordham is a member institution in The National Catholic College Admission Association (The National CCAA). Each year, they offer scholarships to students who will be attending a member institution.

The National CCAA Scholarships are 8 one-time, $1,000 awards. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Award recipients will be selected by mid-April. Further details regarding the scholarship and application procedures can be found on their website.

Other Grants

Metro Grant: $7,000 per year. This grant is awarded to entering students (U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens) who commute to Fordham from their permanent residence in New York City or the surrounding areas. Please note that the Metro Grant cannot be combined with the Presidential or Semifinalist scholarships.