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.

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Sources of Assistance

First-Year Academic/Merit Scholarships for students entering in Fall 2020

New undergraduate students are initially considered for an academic/merit scholarship when they are evaluated for admission into Springfield College. Eligibility for these scholarships is listed below. Academic scholarships are solely for tuition, for a maximum of eight full-time semesters, and only for undergraduate degrees in full-time student status. These current scholarships are applicable for students entering in Fall 2020.

Trustee Scholarship: $24,000 per year ($96,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 3.8 or greater

Presidential Scholarship: $20,000 per year ($80,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 3.2 to 3.79

Dean Scholarship: $18,000 per year ($72,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 2.5 to 3.19

Director Award: $12,000 annually ($48,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 2.49 or less

Note: Scholarship upgrades are possible if you have an improved 7th semester GPA to submit to your admissions counselor.

Additional First-Year Scholarships

These scholarships/awards may be combined with other awards, not to exceed the cost of tuition. Important: Limit of two scholarships/awards in addition to the academic/merit scholarship for students in full-time student status.

Legacy Award

A one-time award of $2,000 upon entry into Springfield College to any student whose brother, sister, parent, or grandparent (including stepfamily members) received a degree from Springfield College or is currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student. (Only one award regardless of the number of family members attending or previously receiving degrees.)

Couzelis Scholarship

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.

Aspiring Teacher Housing Award

This annual award covers the cost of a double room in selected residence halls on campus for four years. Awarded to a full-time enrolled student in a teacher preparation program.

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 annual scholarships awarded to academically qualified students, whose high schools are affiliated with the Say Yes to Education Program.

YMCA Career Award

An annual award to select incoming freshmen 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 Grant

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, that 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).
  • If the ROTC Cadet is awarded a national/regional ROTC Scholarship that covers less than full tuition and fees at Springfield College, but at least $18,000 annually, the College will provide scholarship funding to cover the difference between its tuition and fee costs and the ROTC Scholarship (less the student’s eligibility for Federal PELL and/or SEOG Grants, as well as Massachusetts and/or Gilbert Grants).  This is in lieu of the ROTC Grant or the ROTC Room and Board Grant.

Transfer Student Academic/Merit Scholarships

New undergraduate transfer students are initially considered for academic/merit scholarship when they are evaluated for admission to Springfield College. Eligibility for these scholarships is listed below. Academic scholarships are solely for tuition, for a maximum of eight full-time semesters, and only for undergraduate degrees in full-time student status. 

Distinguished Scholarship: $24,000 per year  ($96,000 over four years)

Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.5 or greater

Honors Scholarship: $20,000 per year ($80,000 over four years)

Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.2 to 3.49

Achiever's Scholarship: $18,000 per year ($72,000 over four years)

Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.0 to 3.19

Director Award: $12,000 per year ($48,000 over four years)

Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 2.9 or less

Note: Scholarship upgrades are possible if you have an improved GPA to submit to your admissions counselor.

Additional Transfer Scholarships

These scholarships/awards may be combined with other awards, not to exceed the cost of tuition. Important: Limit of three scholarships/awards in addition to the academic/merit scholarship for students in full-time student status.

Preferred Application Award

$1,000 one-time award for students meeting the preferred application deadlines.

  • May 1 for fall semester enrollment
  • December 1 for spring semester enrollment.

Associates Degree Completion Award

A one-time award of $1,000 for transfer students who come with an Associate’s Degree in any subject area already completed.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: $2,500

Students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society are eligible. This annual scholarship is valued at $2,500 and is added to the merit/academic scholarship. It is renewable, provided the student maintains full-time status (a minimum of 12 academic credits per semester) and continues to make satisfactory progress towards a four-year undergraduate degree.

Legacy Award

A one-time award of $2,000 upon entry into Springfield College to any student whose brother, sister, parent, or grandparent (including stepfamily members) received a degree from Springfield College or is currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student. (Only one award regardless of the number of family members attending or previously receiving degrees.)

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 $5,000 combined total from both MGM and Springfield College will be disbursed evenly over the semesters required for a student to graduate (not to exceed eight 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 Grant

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, that 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).
  • If the ROTC Cadet is awarded a national/regional ROTC Scholarship that covers less than full tuition and fees at Springfield College, but at least $18,000 annually, the College will provide scholarship funding to cover the difference between its tuition and fee costs and the ROTC Scholarship (less the student’s eligibility for Federal PELL and/or SEOG Grants, as well as Massachusetts and/or Gilbert Grants).  This is in lieu of the ROTC Grant or the ROTC Room and Board Grant.

International Academic/Merit Scholarships

New undergraduate international students (first-year or transfers) are initially considered for academic/merit scholarship when they are evaluated for admission to Springfield College. Eligibility for these scholarships is listed below. Academic scholarships are solely for tuition, for a maximum of eight full-time semesters, and only for undergraduate degrees in full-time student status. Students who have government sponsorships are not eligible.

Trustee Scholarship: $24,000 per year  ($96,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 3.8 or greater

Transfer Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.5 or greater

Presidential Scholarship: $20,000 per year ($80,000 over four years)

First-Year Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 3.2 to 3.79

Transfer Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.2 to 3.49

Dean Scholarship: $18,000 per year ($72,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 2.5 to 3.19

Transfer Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 3.0 to 3.19

Director Award: $12,000 per year ($48,000 over four years)

Eligibility: High School Cumulative GPA 2.9 or less

Transfer Eligibility: College Cumulative GPA 2.9 or less

Note: Scholarship upgrades are possible if you have an improved GPA to submit to your admissions counselor.

Additional International Undergraduate Awards

A student must be eligible for these scholarships/awards. They apply to first-year or transfer international students, and may be combined with other scholarships or awards but cannot exceed the cost of tuition ($38,770). Important: Limit of three scholarships/awards in addition to the academic/merit scholarship and housing award and possible Couzelis Scholarship.

Legacy Award

A one-time award of $2,000 upon entry into Springfield College to any student whose brother, sister, parent, or grandparent (including stepfamily members) received a degree from Springfield College or is currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student. (Only one award regardless of the number of family members attending or previously receiving degrees.)

Couzelis Scholarship

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.

YMCA Career Award

An annual award to select incoming freshmen 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.

Associates Degree Completion Award (Transfer Students Only)

A one-time award of $1,000 for transfer students who come with an Associate’s Degree in any subject area already completed.

Preferred Application Award (Transfer Students Only)

$1,000 one-time award for students meeting the preferred application deadlines.

  • May 1 for fall semester enrollment.
  • December 1 for spring semester enrollment.

Further International Undergraduate Assistance

International Student Housing Award

This annual award of $7,040 covers the cost of a double room in selected residence halls on campus for four years for all undergraduate international students (first-year or transfer). The award is given to the first 25 international undergraduate students who have been admitted to Springfield College, who are degree-seeking full-time students, and who have committed to attend Springfield College by submitting the enrollment deposit.

Travel Reimbursement

Qualifying undergraduate international students who remain in good academic standing will receive up to $1,500 annual for travel between the College and their home. The travel reimbursement will be provided each academic year for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). International students who are receiving full scholarships from their government are not eligible.

Employment in F1 Status

Students in F1 Status may only obtain on-campus work. Students may work on campus for no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session and 40 hours per week during school breaks.

Students must have a social security number in order to work.  Contact the International Center for assistance.

On-Campus Student Employment

A variety of positions may be available in departments throughout the campus. Available positions are posted by the Career Center. The student is responsible for securing employment. Each department is responsible for securing employment. Each department is responsible for its own hiring decisions.

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.

Student Employment

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.

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.

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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.

Scholarship renewal requirements

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.

Why choose Springfield College?

  • $33,000 is the average financial aid package for families. This includes scholarships, grants, and loans given to you by Springfield College. (The average package is based on a combined family income of $120,000 or less. Your aid package may be more or less than this amount.)
  • 100 percent of undergraduate students will receive some kind of financial assistance. 
  • 97 percent employment and graduate school placement of the 2017-18 bachelor's degree recipients—one of the highest in the nation and 12 percent higher than the national average (and higher on average than all other colleges and universities in New England). Talk about return on investment!
  • 19-consecutive years, the cost of tuition at Springfield College has remained below national averages compared to similar private colleges. 
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