Welcome to the Student Financial Services Scholarship Page!
This site is created to assist you in understanding the available scholarships within the College and how you
can acquire scholarships privately to fund your education. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the information on this site, please do not hesitate to contact our office at

There are two general types of scholarships--institutional scholarships and private scholarships.

Institutional scholarships are made available directly from the College by the Purchase College Foundation. Institutional scholarships come from the generous contributions of donors to Purchase College. The donor community is comprised of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations.

Institutional scholarships (including Room Waivers) are contingent upon the completion of each semester it is awarded. If you should fail to complete the semester due to a leave of absence, dismissal, disciplinary probation, and/or withdrawal from the College, the scholarship (in full) will be withdrawn. As such, any student whose scholarship award has been applied to their student account will be liable for reimbursing the College for the amount of the scholarship. In addition, requirements for scholarships are as follows:

  • Deposits due by May 1st (Applicable to New students only)
  • Completion of the FAFSA (proceed to
  • Donor Thank You Letter (Click here for a sample Thank You letter)
  • Required GPA: 3.25
  • Community Service Component
  • Full-Time (12 or more credits) required

Be advised that scholarship awards are not automatically renewed (unless it is clearly indicated that you will receive an automatic renewal of your awards). There is no formal application process at Purchase College for institutional scholarships. Scholarship criteria vary for students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and students in the Visual and Performing Arts. All scholarships are based upon the availability of funds. Other variables may include residency, programs of interest, and time of admission.

Private Scholarships are provided from many independent sources outside of the college. Many students overlook the opportunity to receive private scholarships as a source of financial assistance. Check with your employer, a parent’s employer, or a community organization that assists its local residents. Do not overlook your high school guidance counselor for scholarships assistance. There are scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of study.

Scholarship determination is based on need, merit, talent or a combination of determining. Click here to view the types of scholarships offered by the College. You may also want to visit the various links to the right of your screen to further explore your scholarships options.