Scholarships and Grants

Elms College offers private scholarships, grants, and discounts to students, some of which are based on financial need, and while others are based on academic achievement. There are also many federal, state, and private scholarships and grants available to students. The list here includes some of the better known public resources as well as private scholarships offered by the college, but there are many others out there that you can use to reduce the cost of your education.

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Merit-Based Scholarships

The following list of merit-based scholarships are offered at Elms College through the Office of Admission. Upon acceptance students will be notified whether they qualify for the scholarship. Students are only eligible for one merit-based scholarship through the Office of Admission.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $15,000 TO $17,000 PER YEAR*

Offered to our strongest applicants admitted directly from their senior year in high school with superior academic records.   The Elms Presidential Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARSHIP - $13,000 TO $15,000 PER YEAR*

Offered to applicants admitted directly from their senior year in high school with outstanding academic records.  The Elms Distinguished Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS SCHOLARSHIP - $11,000 TO $13,000 PER YEAR*

Offered to applicants admitted directly from their senior year in high school with strong academic records.  The Elms Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS OPPORTUNITY GRANT - $9,000 TO $11,000 PER YEAR*

Offered to applicants admitted directly from their senior year in high school.   The Elms Opportunity Grant is automatically renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College, as well as satisfactory academic progress.

*Students must maintain on-campus residency status in order to be offered and receive the higher range of a scholarship or grant.

DEANERY SCHOLARS  PROGRAM - UP TO 50% TUITION

Offered to admitted students from within the Dioceses of Springfield, Massachusetts based on the student's involvement in the life of their parishes as nominated by clergy, diocesan leadership, teachers, or parishioners. Nominated students will be asked to complete an application form including an essay, and will be interviewed by members of the Deanery Scholars Program Committee. Students accepted into the Deanery Scholars Program will take three courses in theology over their four years at Elms, and will be asked to participate in Campus Ministry events as well as to continue involvement in parish activities. Award value equals up to fifty percent of the tuition of the academic year of which the student enters Elms College and will be automatically renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College, satisfatory academic progress, and meets the terms and conditions for renewal as described in a meeting with the Deanery Scholars Program Director.

ELMS TRANSFER PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $12,000 PER YEAR

Offered to our strongest transfer applicants admitted with superior college academic records. Awards equal $12,000 per academic years. The Elms Transfer Presidential Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years, as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College, as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP - $2,000 PER YEAR

Offered to applicants who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Awards equal $2,000  per academic year. The Elms Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP - $10,000 PER YEAR

Offered to transfer applicants admitted to Elms College with outstanding academic records.  Awards equal $10,000 per academic year.  The Elms Transfer Scholarship is automatically renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

ELMS TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY GRANT - $8,000 PER YEAR

Offered to transfer applicants admitted to Elms College with strong college academic records.  Awards equal $8,000 per academic year.  The Elms Transfer Opportunity Grant is automatically renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as satisfactory academic progress.

ELMS ACCELERATED NURSING SCHOLARSHIP - $6,000 TO $10,000 PER YEAR

Offered to applicants admitted to our Accelerated Nursing Degree Program with outstanding academic records.  Awards range from $6,000 - $10,000 per academic year.  The Elms Accelerated Nursing Scholarship is automatically renewed for the length of the Accelerated Nursing Degree Program as long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment at Elms College as well as a 2.8 GPA.

Need-Based Grants

Institutional Need-Based Grants

ELMS GRANT

The Elms Grant is a need-based grant as determined by the information collected from the FAFSA. Students may recieve this grant for up to four years and amounts are determined on an annual basis. However, Elms College strives to maintain a similar grant amount per year. In addition students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. 

Federal Grants

FEDERAL PELL GRANT (PELL)

Undergraduate students who complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA and have an expected family contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $5,081 are eligible to receive this federal grant. Federal Pell Grants range from $605 to $5,645 per year and are awarded to students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Students who attend less than full-time will receive a lesser amount.

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)

This federal grant is restricted to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree and students demonstrating significant financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Preference is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. Due to limited funding students may not receive the grant each year.

State Grants

MASSACHUSETTS GRANT (MASS GRANT)

The Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) determines eligibility. You must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more), be a resident of Massachusetts for one year prior to start of the academic year (if you are a dependent student, your parent also must be residents of Massachusetts for one year prior to the academic year), and have an eligible EFC. 

MASSACHUSETTS PART-TIME GRANT

The Massachusetts Part-Time Grant is awarded to undergraduate students enrolled less than 12 credits and who meet Massachusetts residency requirements and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Funds are limited.

MASSACHUSETTS GILBERT MATCHING GRANT

The Gilbert Grant is awarded to full-time students who meet the Massachusetts residency requirements and demonstrate exceptional need. Funds are limited.

OTHER STATE GRANTS

Most New England states have reciprocal agreements for state grants. Students from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine may use their state grants at Elms College. Each state has their own eligibility requirements, but most require the FAFSA form be completed by the state deadline. Please review your state's eligibility criteria.

Discounts

SIBLING DISCOUNT

If a family enrolls more than one dependent undergraduate student full-time  at the college in any given year, each student will receive a discount equal to $1,000 per year, per full-time dependent undergraduate concurrently enrolled on the main campus.

Tuition Exchange Programs

Elms College participates in several different tuition exchange programs, including the Tuition Exchange Program, Inc (TEP), the Council for Independent Colleges - Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP) and the Catholic College Cooperative Tuition Exchange (CCCTE).  Students eligible for these programs are dependents of an employee who works at an institution that also participates in the programs. Students will receive a full-tuition scholarship per year, for a maximum of four years. Students must remain in good academic standing to be eligible for the benefit. Students receiving full-tuition scholarships will not receive any other institutional financial aid, but can receive other need-based financial aid from federal, state, and private resources.