Elms College offers private scholarships and grants to students based on financial need, as well as academic achievement. There are also many federal, state, and private grants available to students. The list on this webpage includes some of the better known resources offered publicly and directly through Elms College, however there are many other scholarship programs available to students to reduce their costs of attendance, such as Outside Scholarships.
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For Incoming First-Year Students
The following is a list of merit-based awards offered by Elms College through the Office of Admission for incoming first year, full-time students. Upon acceptance to the college, students will be notified about their eligibility for the award. Students are only eligible for one of the following merit-based awards through the Office of Admission. Eligibility for any of the following merit-based awards is contingent on maintaining continuous full-time student status at Elms College and requires that the student maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA. The scholarship amount is also dependent on the student’s residency status at the college. Merit awards will not change as the student progresses to his or her second, third, or fourth year at Elms unless he or she changes their residency status.
Merit Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
Name of Merit Award
For Incoming Transfer Students
The following is a list of merit-based awards offered by Elms College through the Office of Admission for incoming transfer students. Upon acceptance to the college, students will be notified about their eligibility for the award. Students are only eligible for one of the following merit-based awards through the Office of Admission. Eligibility for any of the following merit-based awards is contingent on maintaining continuous full-time student status at Elms College and requires that the student maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA. Merit awards will not change as the student progresses to his or her second, third, or fourth year at Elms unless he or she changes their residency status.
Please note: Students enrolled in degree completion programs through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies are not eligible for merit scholarships.
Merit Scholarships for Incoming Transfers
Name of Merit Award
Transfer Presidential Scholarship
Elms Transfer Scholarship
Transfer Opportunity Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa
For Accelerated Nursing Students
Offered to applicants admitted to our Accelerated Nursing Degree Program with outstanding academic records, the award can range from $6,000 to $10,000 per academic year. The Elms Accelerated Nursing Scholarship is automatically renewed for the length of the Accelerated Nursing Degree Program and requires that the student maintain continuous full-time student status at Elms College and a 2.8 minimum GPA.
Institutional Need-Based Grants
The Elms Grant is a need-based grant offered by Elms College directly. A student’s eligibility for the grant is determined through a review of their FAFSA and financial aid application materials. Students may receive this grant for up to four years, and amounts are re-determined every academic year based on their latest financial aid application. Elms College strives to maintain a similar grant amount each academic year if a student’s financial circumstances have not changed significantly. Additionally, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP, to be eligible for grant funding. For information regarding SAP, please review the Student Handbook.
Undergraduate students who complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and have an expected family contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $5,234 are eligible to receive this federal grant. Federal Pell Grants range from $598 to $5,815 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. Students are limited to receiving 600% of their annual full-time Pell Grant eligibility where a student attending one full academic year with full-time student status would receive 100% of their Pell Grant eligibility.
The federal SEOG is restricted to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree and demonstrate significant financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Preference is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. Due to limited funding, not all students will receive the SEOG even if they are eligible. Eligibility will be re-determined each academic year.
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 a resident of Massachusetts for one year prior to the academic year), and have an eligible EFC.
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 and Vermont may use their state grants at Elms College. Each state has it's own eligibility requirements, but most require the FAFSA form be completed by the state deadline. Please review your state's eligibility criteria.
If a family enrolls more than one dependent undergraduate student full-time at Elms 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. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you are eligible by the 4th week of the semester in which siblings are enrolled. Verification may be requested.
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.
Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships through reputable scholarship search engines. Outside scholarships can reduce educational borrowing or reduce a student’s remaining cost of attendance. All outside scholarship search websites listed below are provided as a courtesy and do not imply an endorsement by Elms College.
Please use caution when applying for outside scholarships to avoid possible scams. See Finaid.org’s Scholarship Scams – If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.