Financial Aid


Competitive Scholarships

Robert and Ellen Thompson Working Families Scholarship

The Thompson Scholarship is designed to assist students from working families who may struggle with the cost of higher education. The minimum award is no less than $1,000 annually based on financial need and is intended to fund in-state tuition and fees, room and board, books and academic supplies. Students selected to participate in the scholarship program may renew the scholarship for a total of eight semesters if they are enrolled in a four-year program or for a total of four semesters for a two-year program if they meet the renewal criteria.  Upon admissions to the Honor’s Program, student will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

    • be a new, first-year Honors student at the university
    • commit to the Honors Program, including completing 15 hours of service per semester.
    • be enrolled as a full-time student in a two-year or four-year degree program and in good academic standing
    • demonstrate a need for financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • demonstrate a family income of less than $80,000 for a family of four or less and/or family incomes of less than $100,000 for a family of five or more

Scholarships for all Honors students

Woodbridge N. Ferris Scholarships 2016-2017

Students who are eligible to apply for the Honor's Program are usually eligible for merit-based scholarships. Please visit "Woodbridge N. Ferris Scholarships" for more information.

Honors Residential Life Scholarships 

Students who are accepted into the Honors Program and are required to live on campus according to University Policy, will be awarded a non-renewable Honors Residential Life Scholarship valued at $1500 to help offset the cost of a single room. 

Honors students must live in an Honors hall so long as they are required to live on campus; but the Honors program does not require students to live on campus beyond the requirements of the University. 

Honors students who volunteer to live on campus when they are not so required can take advantage of the University's housing incentives. East Campus Suites and Campus Apartments including Residence Hall Apartments do not qualify for this incentive. Please check the Stay On incentive information on the Residential Life website for more information on the incentives, and the Housing contract for information on who is required to live on campus.

Questions regarding these scholarships may directed to For future questions about Federal Financial Aid, please visit the Financial Aid pages, linked below:

Federal Financial Aid

Students interested in applying for federal financial aid are encouraged to become familiar with the process. Please visit 'Financial Aid Process' for more information.