Scholarships and Assistance
We work hard to make Springfield College affordable for our students, regardless of family income.
A total of 100% percent of new undergraduate students at Springfield College were eligible for financial assistance. You heard that right. And we have a variety of ways to help. Financial assistance comes in many forms, including need-based grants, loans, and campus employment. For graduate students, in addition to federal loans, work-study, and scholarship opportunities, we offer a wide selection of fellowship and assistantship positions that supplement our students' experiences as well as their finances.
We understand that college costs can present financial strain to students and their families. We’re here, and happy, to help guide you through the process. At Springfield College, financial assistance is more than just setting you up with a package. It’s a collaboration where we learn more about your specific financial needs and help you and your family understand the options that are available.
We offer a variety of programs ranging from need-based financial aid to family loan programs that meet the financing concerns of a wide range of families. So let us help you get started through our need-based financial aid application process. The application for financial aid or a student’s financial status do not influence or affect admissions decisions at Springfield College.
Sources of Assistance
First-year Scholarships and Awards
First-year students are initially considered for an academic/merit scholarship when they are evaluated for admission into Springfield College. Academic scholarships cannot exceed tuition for a maximum of eight full-time semesters (only for undergraduate degrees).
|Trustee Scholarship: $22,000 per year ($88,000 over four years)|
|Presidential Scholarship: $18,000 per year ($72,000 over four years)|
|Dean Scholarship: $15,000 per year ($60,000 over four years)|
For students that do not meet the requirements for a merit scholarship, we are pleased to offer the Director Award.
Director Award: $10,000 annually ($40,000 over four years)
|Note: Scholarship upgrades are possible if you have updated credentials or transcripts to submit to your admissions counselor.|
Transfer Student Academic/Merit Scholarships
Transfer students with more than 12 credits are eligible for a merit scholarship. Awards are determined by the cumulative (every institution attended) GPA and are as follows.
|Distinguished Scholarship: $20,000 annually
Eligibility: GPA 3.5 or higher
|Honors Scholarship: $16,000 annually
Eligibility: GPA 3.2-3.49
|Achiever's Scholarship: $10,000 annually
Eligibility: GPA 3.0-3.19
Springfield College Grant
Awarded to students with financial need, these grants carry no repayment obligations. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid, subject to the published policies of the College. Awards vary according to individual circumstances. The level of need and the assessment of the applicant’s academic achievement and cocurricular and community activity affect the amount of the award.
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Springfield College participates in the following federal student aid programs: work-study, parent Direct PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, Direct Stafford Loan, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. All programs are subject to federal eligibility regulations.
Many students who have been awarded federal work-study, finance a portion of their educational expenses thorough part-time on-campus or off-campus employment. Students are paid directly, biweekly, based on hours worked.
Each student may work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Earnings vary depending on the number of hours worked; a student who works seven hours per week for the academic year can earn about $2,000. Students not awarded federal work-study may seek employment with College departments and offices on an individually approved basis.
Aspiring Teacher Housing Award
The Aspiring Teacher Housing Award is given to a select 25 students accepted to teacher preparation programs at Springfield College. This award covers the cost of a double room in selected residence halls on campus for the four undergraduate years. Awarded students must be enrolled full time in a teacher preparation program and reside in a double room in a traditional residence hall (excludes suite style housing) to maintain the award.
Early Decision Award
$1,000 grant for students meeting the early admissions decision deadlines
- Early Decision I: Dec. 1 application (all credentials in by Jan. 1)
- Early Decision II: Jan. 15 application (all credentials in by Feb. 1)
A one-time award of $2,000 upon entry into Springfield College to any student whose brother, sister, parent, or grandparent (including step family members) received a degree from Springfield College or are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student. (Only one award regardless of the number of family members attending or previously receiving degrees.)
Jesse L. Parks Scholarship
Full-tuition renewable scholarship per year to an academically qualified student with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and who lives in Springfield. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented or diverse groups.
William Beckett Teacher Preparation Scholarship
Full tuition and fees renewable scholarship to an academically qualified Springfield Public School student who, upon graduation, will return to the same district to teach. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented or diverse groups.
Say Yes Scholars
A limited number of full-tuition scholarships awarded to academically qualified students whose high schools are affiliated with the Say Yes to Education Program.
Established by Dr. Paul (SC Class of ’65, G'72) and Nancy (SC Class of ’68) Couzelis. This is an annual undergraduate scholarship of $3,500 ($14,000 over four years/eight semesters) given to three students in the entering first-year class each year majoring in either Physical Education or Exercise Science. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.
*Students must complete their application for admission by April 1 to be eligible for this scholarship.
YMCA Career Award
Awarded to select incoming first-year students of promise who plan to make a career in the YMCA and who have exemplified participation and leadership in the YMCA through their high school years.
MGM Matching Grant
Springfield College will match the MGM Resorts Scholarship Program of $2,500 to any child of an MGM employee, with a $2,500 MGM Matching Grant. The student must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at Springfield College to be eligible. The $2,500 from Springfield College will be disbursed in the first academic year ($1,250 over two semesters). To be eligible for the matching grant, students must identify that they will be recipients of the MGM scholarship at the time of application to Springfield College.
ROTC Cadets at Springfield College enrolled full-time and participating in the ROTC program will receive an annual undergraduate ROTC Grant of $2,500 each year ($10,000 over four years/eight semesters). If the ROTC Cadet is awarded the national/regional ROTC Scholarship that covers full tuition and fees, this scholarship will replace the ROTC Grant. However, Springfield College will issue a Springfield College Room and Board Grant along with the ROTC Scholarship that will also cover on-campus housing and a basic meal plan for the Cadet (less the student's eligibility for Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Mass Grant and Gilbert).
Fallen Heroes Grant
Recognizing the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent killed in the line of public service duty, the United States Department of Education has authorized schools to award Pell-eligible students a full Federal Pell Grant and possible increases to other federal need-based programs to those who qualify beginning with 2018-19. Springfield College will also base our own financial aid award on maximum eligibility to those eligible for maximum Federal Pell Grant. Children of a Police Officer or Firefighter whose death occurred in the line of duty when the student was 24 years of age or younger or enrolled in an institution of higher education are eligible to apply.
Additional Scholarships from Outside Sources
Other Financing Options
Springfield College offers a variety of educational financing programs to students and parents. The Office of Financial Aid will provide educational loan and payment plan information to all accepted students.
The goal of the Springfield College financial assistance program is to assist qualified students in obtaining a Springfield College education. Aid is awarded on the basis of full-time enrollment. Each student will receive detailed information on the policies governing the awarding and renewal of financial aid with the award letter. Several factors influence the amount and type of aid awarded. Financial need is the difference between the comprehensive cost of education and the calculated family contribution. The family contribution to educational expenses is determined by the Office of Financial Aid staff by using the data on the FAFSA, Springfield College Financial Aid application, and the federal tax returns. Applicants may also supply additional information relevant to their financial status. The review of the admission application influences the financial aid decision process in two major areas. Academic achievement is rated in the review of the application for admission. This review includes an evaluation of the student’s secondary school record, test scores, references and post-secondary academic records. Leadership and other personal qualitative attributes are also part of the admission application review. Participation in cocurricular and community activities along with other personal information in the admission application are also evaluated. The academic and personal ratings are used in the financial aid awarding process.