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Scholarships and Merit Awards for First-Year Students

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Hofstra University has established multiple scholarship programs to reward students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in high school. Hofstra is committed to providing you with an affordable, high quality education. In fall 2017 we awarded $36.4 million to first-year students, and a total of $107.4 million institution gift assistance was awarded to all entering undergraduate students.

Awards are given to students who demonstrate academic achievement, athletic talent, and strong leadership, as well as performers and artists.  Aid is also awarded based on financial need.

All first-year students who start classes in the fall are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application for aid is required.  Just be sure to complete your application for admission and send all required documents by the posted deadlines. 

Academic scholarships are renewable.  If you receive an academic scholarship, it may be renewed for up to 8 consecutive terms of undergraduate study if you meet the requirements specified in the award notification.

Hofstra University offered the following scholarship awards to first-year students who started their studies in the fall 2016 semester:

Hofstra University Trustee Scholars Program

Full-tuition Scholarship

Who receives this scholarship?
Full-tuition scholarships are offered to our very highest achieving admitted students.
(Approximately 30 students are offered this scholarship.)

How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a holistic review of the information supplied on their admission application. First-year students who received this prominent award in the fall 2016 had an average SAT* /ACT equivalent of 1556 SAT on a 1600 scale, weighted GPA of 4.3, and were typically in the top 10% of their HS graduating class.

*Based off of Critical Reading and Math sections only from tests prior to March 2016.


Hofstra University Presidential Scholars

Award Range:  $21,500-$27,000 per year

Who receives this scholarship?
Presidential scholarships are typically offered to about 45% of our admitted students.

How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a holistic review of the information supplied on their admission application.  First-year students who received this prominent award in the fall 2016 had an average SAT* /ACT equivalent of 1330 SAT on a 1600 scale, weighted GPA of 3.9, and were typically in the top 10% of their HS graduating class.

*Based off of Critical Reading and Math sections only from tests prior to March 2016.


Hofstra University Provost Scholars

Award Range:  $15,000-$19,500 per year

Who receives this scholarship?
Provost scholarships are typically offered to about 32% of our admitted students.

How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a holistic review of the information supplied on their admission application.  First-year students, who received this generous award in the fall 2016 had an average SAT* /ACT equivalent of 1184 SAT on a 1600 scale and a weighted GPA of 3.6.

*Based off of Critical Reading and Math sections only from tests prior to March 2016.

Hofstra University Dean’s Scholars

Award Range: $7,500- $13,000 per year

Who receives this scholarship?
Dean’s scholarships are typically offered to about 15% of our admitted students.

How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a holistic review of the information supplied on their admission application.  First-year students, who received this substantial award in the fall 2016 had an average SAT* /ACT equivalent of 1132 SAT on a 1600 scale and a weighted GPA of 3.2.

*Based off of Critical Reading and Math sections only from tests prior to March 2016.


Hofstra University Grant Programs

Award Range: Up to $5,000 per year

How are recipients selected?
Candidates are selected based on a holistic review of the information supplied on their admission application. 


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Additional scholarship opportunities exist for students and are awarded after a holistic review of the admission application for those who do not qualify for the scholars programs listed above.  Limited talent scholarships are available for students and awarded after auditions in music and fine arts.  There are also scholarships available for Veterans, alumni, siblings, and more.  For a full list of scholarship opportunities please see www.hofstra.edu/bulletin_scholarships endowed or bulletin listing.

Need based Awards

Hofstra University wants to help families make college more affordable.  Limited additional need based funds may be available to families who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the university published filing dates.  The FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov.

Hofstra University Assistance Grant

Grant Range:  Up to $11,000

The Hofstra University Assistant Grant funds are awarded based on individual family need.