Scholarships and Grants
Some of Fordham's merit-based scholarships and grants are offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s scholarship committees. 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 at Undergraduate Financial Aid.
All candidates for undergraduate admission will be considered for the following scholarships. The student's application for admission is also the application for these awards. In keeping with our test-optional policy, applicants are not required to submit an SAT or ACT score to be considered for scholarships.
Cunniffe Presidential Scholarship
The 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. Cunniffe Presidential Scholars are generally ranked in the top 1-2% of their high school class and represent our most talented students as demonstrated by their outstanding academic performance, personal characteristics, as well as their commitment, leadership, and service. April 1 notification.
Fordham Scholarship (Semifinalist and National Recognition Program Scholarships)
The full-tuition Fordham Scholarship is awarded to entering traditional first-year students for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years). Applicants designated as Semifinalists by the National Merit Recognition Program or Scholars by the National Hispanic Recognition Program, National African American Recognition Program, National Indigenous Recognition Program, or National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. Recipients will exhibit excellent academic performance in a highly demanding curriculum, and present exceptional personal characteristics, commitment, leadership, and/or service. Typically, 3% of our admitted students are recipients of this award. Notification is made at the time of admission.
The Fordham Scholarship augments gift aid from all sources to cover full tuition each year (fees not included). The actual amount of the scholarship will equal total tuition less any Federal Pell Grant, state assistance, and any other tuition-specific resources or scholarships. The scholarship will be adjusted by only half of other non-tuition-specific external resources or scholarships. The remaining half may be used for additional educational expenses.
The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to entering traditional first-year and transfer students for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years). Awards begin at $25,000 and increase based on a student’s financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. Typically, 10% of our admitted students are recipients of this award. To be considered for this award, students exhibit excellent academic performance in a highly demanding curriculum; as well as present exceptional personal characteristics, commitment, leadership, and/or service. 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 orientation to service as well as financial need. Award amounts will vary depending on the student’s need.
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 March 15. 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 16 one-time, $1,000 awards. The deadline is typically in March. Award recipients will be selected by late-April. Further details regarding the scholarship and application procedures can be found on the National CCAA website.
$15,000 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 Cunniffe Presidential or Semifinalist and National Recognition Program scholarships.