Southern New Hampshire University offers several types of need and non-need based grants and scholarships to help you meet the cost of a university education. To be eligible for federal grants and to demonstrate need, students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded on a sliding scale up to $5,920 per year to students with exceptional financial need as demonstrated through the filing of the FAFSA. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and not already have obtained a baccalaureate degree. Student eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and grant amounts are determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education and recalculated each academic term for a student's enrollment status based off of actual attended credits.
Students who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant will have a lifetime limit of twelve full-time semesters or six full years of eligibility. The Lifetime Eligibility Used includes all Federal Pell grant payments received at prior colleges or universities in addition to those received while at SNHU.
You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.
Southern New Hampshire University is currently participating in the Dual Enrollment experiment authorized by the Department of Education to provide Federal Pell Grant awards only to high school students enrolled in select SNHU undergraduate degree program. Any Pell grant funds received under this experiment apply toward the student's Lifetime Eligibility Used.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are awarded to students who are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and:
Eligibility is confirmed through a Department of Defense database match through the filing of the FAFSA. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the current award year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is a campus-based federal grant program with awards ranging from $100 to $1,000 per year, depending on the student's program and availability of funds. Grants are awarded to the first selection group of students who demonstrate exceptional financial need through the filing of the FAFSA and who also receive Federal Pell Grants.
State Grants and UNIQUE
State grant funding is received by SNHU from various surrounding states to assist resident students with the cost of education. Students should contact their home state agencies to see if they qualify for state assistance at Southern New Hampshire University. To identify your state education agency to understand available programs, please go to State Financial Aid Programs.
New Hampshire Residents: The state of New Hampshire does not have a state grant program. However, students may qualify for the UNIQUE program. The Unique Scholarship program is comprised of two scholarship programs:
Eligible New Hampshire students will be automatically notified on their award letter if they qualify, but may learn more about the UNIQUE program at the New Hampshire Treasury.
SNHU Need Based Grants
Southern New Hampshire University need-based grants are based on financial need demonstrated through the filing of the FAFSA and are available for full-time undergraduate day students. Awards range from $400 to $14,400 annually.
SNHU Sibling Grant
The SNHU Sibling Grant is for a family with two or more dependent undergraduate siblings concurrently attending for the full academic year in any of the full-time day programs. The amount of the scholarship will be split between each sibling for annual total of $2,500.
New Hampshire Governor's Scholarship
The New Hampshire governor's scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance for tuition, fees, and direct costs to eligible high school graduates or recent high school graduates within the state of New Hampshire. Eligibility is limited to first time, full time students who are Federal Pell Grant recipients. Requirements include New Hampshire residency, graduation from a New Hampshire high school or a NH high school equivalency, and cannot be an adjudicated delinquent or convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felonies or any second or subsequent alcohol or drug related offenses. Annual awards are based on students who demonstrate exceptional financial need through the filing of the FAFSA and the availability of funding. Two categories of scholarships include:
SNHU offers several types of scholarship programs to full-time undergraduate day students. Students with GPAs of 2.5 and higher may receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. Most degree-seeking students receive some form of financial assistance.
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New students applying to the undergraduate day program are automatically considered for merit-based, renewable grants and scholarships. No separate application process is required for the scholarships below.
Students selected for a Presidential Scholarship will be notified at the time of admission and may receive additional types of financial assistance based on financial need. Individual scholarship amounts vary and are awarded based on a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). The Presidential Scholarship is renewable by maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the loss of scholarship funds.
Students selected for a Quill Scholarship will be notified at the time of admission and may receive additional types of financial assistance based on financial need. Individual scholarship amounts vary and are awarded based on a cumulative grade point average between 3.0-3.49 (on a 4.0 scale). These scholarships are renewable each year by maintaining a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the loss of scholarship funds.
Students selected for a Penmen Scholarship will be notified at the time of admission and may receive additional types of financial assistance based on financial need. Scholarship amounts vary and are awarded based on a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) between 2.5-2.99 (on a 4.0 scale). These scholarships are renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 college grade-point average (GPA). Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the loss of scholarship funds.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
An unlimited number of $2,000 scholarships for both full-time undergraduate day resident students and commuters are awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who have a completed associate degree from a two-year program and a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average of all college work is required for the scholarship to be renewed. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the permanent loss of scholarship funds. This scholarship will be combined with other non-Phi Theta Kappa scholarships and any academic awards that a student may receive from SNHU. Additional college honors society scholarship may not be combined with this offer.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship - Online
A 10% tuition reduction scholarship for online programs through SNHU Online is awarded to students who identify themselves at Phi Theta Kappa members or alumni. Accepted students would complete a tuition reduction form accessed through MY.SNHU.
Regional Community College Scholarship
A $3,000 Regional Community College Scholarship is available to new transfer students who attend (or most recently attended) a community college in the Northeast (including New York and New Jersey). Qualified applicants must have a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher in order to be considered for this offer. This scholarship is renewable so long as the student remains enrolled in the undergraduate day program.
Honors Program Scholarship
SNHU awards a $2,000 scholarship to students accepted into either the University Honors Program or the Bradley Three Year Honors Program in Business Administration. Renewability is dependent on continued participation in the program.
Academy of Finance Scholarship
The University awards annual $1,000 scholarships to students who submit a certificate of completion from the Academy of Finance as a part of their application.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship
The Office of Admission will award a limited number of $1,000 scholarships to FBLA participants. The FBLA advisor must submit a letter of recommendation to demonstrate proof of participation. Students must be enrolled in the full-time undergraduate day program to be eligible. Additionally, SNHU sponsors several scholarships at the state leadership conference each spring. SNHU honors the highest single scholarship amount that a student has received through participation in FBLA. Students must provide a copy of their scholarship certificate to Student Financial Services.
The Office of Admission will award a limited number of $1,000 scholarships to DECA participants. The DECA advisor must submit a letter of recommendation to demonstrate proof of participation. Students must be enrolled in the full-time undergraduate day program to be eligible. Additionally, SNHU sponsors several scholarships at the state leadership conference each spring. SNHU honors the highest single scholarship amount that a student has received through participation in DECA. Students must provide a copy of their scholarship certificate to Student Financial Services.
Skills USA Scholarship
SNHU awards a $1,000 Skills USA Scholarship to any new culinary student who places first, second or third in a Skills USA state or national culinary arts competition at any time during high school. The award is renewable for each year of attendance at Southern New Hampshire University. Students must ensure that official notification of the Skills USA award is submitted to the Office of Admission. Notifications received after March 15 do not guarantee the scholarship for the following year.
Alumni Family Scholarship
The Alumni Family Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 per year, is awarded to students whose parent (biological or step), sibling or grandparent graduated from the university with any associate, bachelor's or master's degree program. The student must be enrolled in the full-time undergraduate day program.
Athletic Scholarship Program
Athletic scholarships are available to outstanding athletes in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's softball, men's baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, men's & women's golf, field hockey, men's and women's cross-country and women's track & field. Scholarship amounts vary. Go to SNHU Penmen for a complete list of sports offerings and for coaches contact information. For further information, contact the Southern New Hampshire University Athletic Department by calling 603.645.9604.
Freshman Articulation Scholarship
SNHU continues to establish and renew articulation scholarship agreements with select New Hampshire high schools. Qualified seniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from partner high schools may receive an additional $3,000 admission articulation scholarship. Seniors must also submit a completed application prior to the Feb. 1 deadline for this scholarship program. Information regarding the specifics of this program can be obtained by contacting the Office of Admission at 603.645.9611.
The Housing Scholarship is awarded to new full-time undergraduate day students who qualify with strong academics and choose to reside on campus. This scholarship is renewable by maintaining resident status and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Resident Assistant Scholarship Program
The Resident Assistant Scholarship Program awards work scholarships to students who are chosen for positions as resident assistants in the dorms, apartments and townhouses on the university campus. The program is limited to full-time upper-class and graduate students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Applications are handled by the Office of Residence Life.
Assistant Resident Director Scholarship Program
The Assistant Residence Director Scholarship Program awards work scholarships to full-time graduate students who are chosen for (2) positions as Assistant Residence Directors in the dorms and townhouses on the university campus. The program is limited to full-time graduate students. Applications are handled by the Office of Residence Life.
Women's Faculty Scholarship
The Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Women's Faculty Scholarship was created in 1990 by the full-time women faculty of SNHU (then New Hampshire College). The scholarship acknowledges and supports students who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to human and environmental rights, economic justice, gender equity and community service.
Any full-time University College undergraduate day student or fulltime College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA) undergraduate student may apply regardless of race, gender or nationality. Students may apply after completing a minimum of twenty-four credits at SNHU. Prior scholarship applicants and recipients may re-apply provided they are still full-time undergraduate students.
Scholarship recipients are based upon academic record, evidence of past and continued commitment to human rights, and financial need. Student transcript, an essay addressing how you feel you meet the scholarship description, and three references (including at least one SNHU faculty/staff member). The size of awards varies with the number of selected recipients in a given year and with the scholarship merits of each candidate.
Through the generosity of trustees, faculty, alumni, organizations, and friends of the University, a number of endowed scholarships have been established at Southern New Hampshire University. Each scholarship has specific criterion and descriptions of current scholarship funds may be found below.
Applications for these scholarships are available every January.
John P. Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in memory of John P. Fleming, a former SNHU faculty member, this scholarship supports undergraduate students majoring in the programs traditionally identified as the Liberal Arts.
Liberal Arts Scholarship: Awards will be made to undergraduate students majoring in the programs traditionally identified as the Liberal Arts who have maintained a GPA of 3.3 or higher, using standard need and academic criteria.
James D. Walter Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of James D. Walter, a long time professor of Sociology at SNHU, this scholarship supports full-time undergraduate students majoring in a liberal arts discipline, with preference given to sociology majors.
Kimon and Anne Zachos Scholarship: Awards will be made to full-time undergraduate day students majoring in a liberal arts discipline. The scholarship will primarily be based on financial need.
The Walter Zimmermann Scholarship: Established by former Southern New Hampshire University faculty, Walter Zimmermann. This scholarship supports students who are enrolled full-time in the University College division with a declared major of Psychology. Students must be of junior or senior status and in good academic standing. Preferences will be given to students who are making positive contributions to the psychology department and have demonstrated financial need.
Dr. Marty J. Bradley 3Year Business Honors Scholarship: This scholarship was created in memory of Marty J. Bradley, a former SNHU professor and the 3Year Business Honors Program first Director. This scholarship will be awarded to full-time students entering their second or third year in the 3Year Business Honors program. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be highly involved in university life and activities. Priority is given to students who are making significant contributions to the 3Year Honors Program, and who demonstrate financial need.
Hawaux Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the traditional full-time undergraduate day program. It will be awarded to rising seniors in the Sports Management Program with a minimum GPA of 2.7. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.
Dr. Jacqueline Mara Scholarship: Established by former Dean and Trustee emeritus, Dr. Jacqueline Mara, this scholarship supports full-time day graduate students of U.S. citizenship with preference given to those enrolled in traditional business disciplines; based on academic merit and need.
Economics/Finance Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the Economics/Finance or related programs. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Finlay Family Scholarship: Established by Southern New Hampshire University alumnus, Robert J. Finlay, this scholarship supports New Hampshire residents enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate School of Business major. Preference will be given to full-time students who display an entrepreneurial spirit and can show financial need.
Frank & Eleanor Barnes Alumni Scholarship: Established in 1979 in honor of Frank and Eleanor Barnes, former Southern New Hampshire University information technology professors, this scholarship is available to assist students majoring in information technology or accounting/information systems and is based on need and academic criteria.
George Teloian Scholarship: George Teloian, professor emeritus of accounting, has made provisions for an endowment fund in his name. Scholarships are awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in accounting. Awards are based on academic achievement in the accounting major, overall record, excellence in involvement in university life and activities and financial need.
Hassa Jadvani Memorial Scholarship: This fund supports students enrolled in the Graduate School of Business. Preference will be given to Sikh or Hindu students of Indian descent enrolled in the International Business or Finance curriculum using standard need and academic criteria. In a year when there are no deserving needy students majoring in the indicated subject areas, the awards may be presented to other students enrolled in the Graduate School of Business.
Henry W. Bloch Scholarship Fund: This fund was established as a gift to the university by H & R Block founder and Southern New Hampshire University honorary degree recipient, Henry W. Bloch. This scholarship is awarded to full time undergraduate students who are enrolled in their junior or senior year at Southern New Hampshire University, are academically qualified students in a business major and have demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to students who are highly involved in college life and activities.
Matthew Stuart Van Kleeck Memorial Scholarship: This fund supports students enrolled in the Graduate School of Business.
Ronald L. Woodward Memorial Scholarship: The Ronald L. Woodward Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of a former Southern New Hampshire University student and Rochester, N.Y. native by the Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association. Students whose homes are located in Upstate New York shall be given first priority. Preference will be given to students majoring in accounting, accounting/information systems, information technology and business administration, based on need.
School of Business Scholarship Fund: The Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association and the School of Business have raised money to support this scholarship program. It provides scholarships to School of Business undergraduate and graduate students based on need and academic criteria.
Scott Caswell Memorial Scholarship: After his death in 1987, this fund was created by friends of Scott Caswell to benefit juniors or seniors who are enrolled in computer-related majors. Recipients must be residents of New Hampshire and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Tony Lambert Scholarship Fund: The Tony Lambert Memorial Fund was established by the Lambert family to support retailing and management majors. Awarded to juniors based on need and academic criteria.
William Trueheart Scholarship: Established in honor of former SNHU professor, William Trueheart, this scholarship fund is offered to support information technology majors with financial need. Preference is given to juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or better.
Culinary Scholarship Fund: Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in Culinary Arts who show financial need.
Ernest Iamundo/Labatt USA Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Labatt USA in honor of longtime employee, Ernest Iamundo. It supports students studying in a Hospitality program with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and financial need. Preference is given to juniors and seniors in the food and beverage program, or with an interest in pursuing a career in the food and beverage industry.
Hector Boiardi Scholarship: This fund was established in memory of Hector Boiardi to provide scholarships to students with financial need who have shown a real interest in culinary studies.
Stephen F. Knapp Scholarship: This scholarship supports students enrolled in the graduate School of Education with a focus in Special Education and demonstrated financial need.
Dr. Jeanette A. Ritzenthaler Scholarship: The estate of Dr. Jeanette Ritzenthaler made provisions for an endowed scholarship to be awarded to a student from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Students should be enrolled in the Continuing Education or Online undergraduate program. The student must be in his/her junior year (or with junior level credits) pursuing a bachelor’s degree, have financial need, be maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and provide evidence of leadership through involvement in school and community activities.
Martha Van Hyland Scholarship: This fund was created in memory of Southern New Hampshire University alumna, Martha Van Hyland to support Belknap County residents matriculated in the university's Continuing Education or Online bachelor's degree program. Students must maintain 3.0 GPA or higher and show financial need.
The Continuing Education Scholarship: This Scholarship is offered specifically to matriculated SNHU Continuing Education students or SNHU Online students. To be eligible students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA, be solely responsible for his/her tuition (employer tuition assistance recipients are not eligible), be currently enrolled and have taken a minimum of fifteen (15) credits at SNHU.
The Elaine I. Routhier Costigan and Ronald J. Costigan Scholarship: This scholarship was created to support continuing education students who have completed no less than half of the necessary credits who show financial need.
Alumni Leadership Scholarship: Created by the Alumni Board of Directors, this scholarship supports students who have completed at least two terms with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipients will have demonstrated leadership skills in the SNHU community and be actively engaged in student life.
Christine Zimmermann Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in memory of a former Southern New Hampshire University employee, Christine Zimmermann, this scholarship supports students who possess a disability as determined by the Office of Disability Services, be enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program and have a GPA of 2.5 of higher.
Dow Scholarship: This fund was established from the Franconia College Endowment to provide scholarships with preference first to students who reside in the towns of Franconia, Sugar Hill, Easton, Bethlehem, Littleton, or Lisbon and second to students who reside in Grafton and Coos Counties.
Educational Continuum Scholarship: This fund was established by the Southern New Hampshire University Educational Continuum. This scholarship is awarded to qualified students from Manchester and the surrounding area based on financial need and academic merit.
Fisher Family Scholarship: The Fisher family established this scholarship fund to be awarded to students who have shown a commitment to the academic support services of the University. Awards are based on a student’s commitment to the improvement of the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to successfully complete their collegiate education as demonstrated by continuous improvement of their academic performance over several semesters. Priority is given to tutors and mentors.
Gertrude C. Shapiro Scholarship: Established as a gift to the university by former New Hampshire College President, Gertrude C. Shapiro, this scholarship assists women from the state of Maine as they pursue full-time undergraduate day studies at Southern New Hampshire University. It is based on financial need and academic criteria.
John & Betty Miles Scholarship: The principal requirement for candidates to be eligible for the scholarships will be the inability to afford the total tuition after available financial aid. An additional requirement will be a history of a serious learning attitude and achievement (grades, projects, etc.). Students eligible for scholarships will be U.S. citizens enrolled in the undergraduate school. Preference of consideration will be given to students who have graduated from a Christian High School or were active in a Christian Church as evidenced by a letter of recommendation from his/her minister of the church. In a year when there are no deserving needy students fitting these specific guidelines the awards may be presented to other U.S. students enrolled in the undergraduate program.
Kappa Chi Scholarship: The Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association and the Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority, Kappa Chi Chapter have raised money to support this scholarship program. Consideration is given to students who are members of the Kappa Chi Sorority.
Kappa Delta Phi Scholarship: This scholarship supports needy and deserving students at Southern New Hampshire University.
Kappa Sigma Scholarship: This scholarship supports needy and deserving students at Southern New Hampshire University.
Michael DeBlasi Scholarship Fund: This scholarship supports full-time undergraduate day students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and necessary financial need.
Phi Delta Psi Scholarship: This scholarship supports needy and deserving students at Southern New Hampshire University.
The Richard and Joanne Gustafson Scholarship Fund: This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated an active engagement in campus life, combined with practical application of their degree program. The scholarship will be a balance of need and academic performance. Preference will be given to a student who is a legal resident of New Hampshire.
Student Ambassador Scholarship: This fund, created by the Student Ambassadors at SNHU, is selected by a committee of the Student Ambassadors to deserving students who possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, have demonstrated financial need, and have shown outstanding service to the University community.
The Athletic Scholarship Fund: This scholarship supports student-athletes who have sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must possess the appropriate athletic skills and meet the current NCAA and institutional eligibility standards.
Tremblay/Eldridge Scholarship Fund: This scholarship fund supports students and student athletes enrolled in fulltime undergraduate or graduate programs.
William S. Green Scholarship: This fund was established in honor of William S. Green, charter member of the Southern New Hampshire University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Emeritus. Scholarships from this fund are designated for juniors or seniors who have maintained cumulative grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher and have conducted themselves in a manner that has both served and brought credit to the university. Financial need is also a factor in determining recipients of this scholarship.
Women Associates Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to female undergraduate students who are enrolled in their junior or senior year at Southern New Hampshire University and have demonstrated financial need. Awards are made based on academic achievement and excellence in involvement in university life and activities.
Li Xu Scholarship Fund: This fund was established in memory of SNHU student Li Xu (aka Oscar). This scholarship is awarded to International and U.S. undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate the strong giving and sharing spirit of Li Xu by showing their commitment to the needs of new students. Scholarship applicants should demonstrate interest in helping new students understand the academic culture of the University and social culture of New Hampshire in an effort to assist them in adjusting to the University.
Timothy Russell Travel/Study Scholarship: This scholarship supports students who travel to and from their internship location. Students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA majoring in Hospitality Administration, Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism, Restaurant Management, or the Culinary Arts, and must qualify for credit bearing internships outside of New England, either nationally or internationally.
The Edward S. Wolak Scholarship: This fund is established in honor of Edward S. Wolak, SNHU Trustee. Scholarships from this fund are designated for students who are enrolled full-time in the University College division and at least in their second year of study with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preferences will be given to students who are present or former members of the Boys and Girls Club or have worked at least one year in a quick-service restaurant.
Edward Nassar Veterans Memorial Scholarship: In memory of Edward Nassar, a former student at Southern New Hampshire University, the Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association has created a scholarship fund designed to provide assistance to deserving, needy Southern New Hampshire University students. Preference is given to veterans of the armed forces and/or their dependents. Candidates are required to submit a letter of consideration. A GPA of 2.8 or higher is required, awarded based on financial need and academic standing.
Veterans Scholarship: This scholarship, founded by alumni who are veterans of the Vietnam War, supports current students who are veterans, the dependents of veterans, or actively serving in the military. Awards are based on need and academic criteria.
Charles & Barbara Bickford International Scholarship: The scholarship shall be awarded to graduate or undergraduate international student(s) studying on the Manchester campus. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need in the following order: students from Vietnam or Cambodia, students from Southeast Asia or China, then lastly from other foreign countries.