Scholarships and Grants
Assumption College awards over $34 million in college scholarships, merit scholarships and grants each year benefiting more than 90% of our students. Grants and scholarships are free money and do not need to be repaid. Scholarships and grants come from a number of different sources including Assumption College, alumni, the federal government, the state government and outside organizations.
Merit scholarships are awarded to new students whose records demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership and potential for success at Assumption College. Institutional merit-based scholarships are renewable each year, provided students maintain the specified grade point average. Merit scholarships are awarded within the acceptance letter.
First-Year Student Merit Scholarships
Students who are accepted for admission to Assumption are automatically considered for a merit scholarship up to $24,000 per year.
Transfer Student Merit Scholarships
Transfer students who are accepted for admission to Assumption are automatically considered for a merit scholarship up to $16,000 per year.
All transfer students who are PTK Scholars are awarded an additional $2,500 per year.
Scholarship for Catholic High School Graduates
All Catholic high school graduates who are accepted for admission to Assumption (as a first year or transfer) are awarded the $2,500 per year Brassard Scholarship. The Brassard scholarship is awarded within the acceptance letter.
Athletic Scholarships at Assumption are highly competitive and are available for 22 of our 24 varsity teams. The scholarship amounts vary and are at the discretion of the coach. All scholarships are awarded in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations upon the recommendation of the head coach and the approval of the Director of Athletics. An athletics scholarship is restricted to educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board and required course-related books. Once a scholarship is awarded, the College is committed to fulfilling its financial obligation to a student athlete until their NCAA eligibility exhausted. Athletics grants are one-year awards, which are subject to renewal and can be decreased, increased or cancelled.
Blue and White Sports Participation Awards
Blue and White Sports are competitive club programs that are overseen by the Department of Athletics. They include esports, women’s ice hockey and men’s swimming. Participation awards are available and are at the discretion of the coach. All participation grants are awarded upon the recommendation of the head coach and the approval of the Director of Athletics. A Blue and White participation award is restricted to educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board and required course-related books. Blue and White participation grants are one-year awards, which are subject to renewal and can be decreased, increased or cancelled.
Application- and Audition-based Scholarships
Light the Way Scholarship (apply by December 15)
The $26,000 per year Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to up to 50 incoming students per year who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way. Learn more about the application process for this scholarship.
Band Scholarship (Apply by February 1)
Assumption offers scholarships of up to $5,000 for incoming students who demonstrate exceptional instrumental talent and who commit to participate in the Assumption College Band. The scholarship is renewable each year for instrumentalists who want to be part of an advanced level artistic experience and high quality ensemble and instrumentation.
Vocal Scholarship (Apply by February 1)
Assumption offers a number of vocal music merit scholarships of $2,500 - $10,000 to incoming students who demonstrate vocal excellence and who commit to participation in the Assumption College Chorale and its a cappella chamber ensemble, VOCE.
Assumption College Grant
The Assumption College Grant is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. The FAFSA form must be completed each year to be considered for these funds. Learn more about renewing your Assumption College Grant.
Assumption College participates in the following Federal Grant Programs. To be eligible for these funds, students must complete the FAFSA annually and demonstrate financial need based on a qualifying EFC
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students with considerable financial need. Annual award amounts are determined each year by the Federal Government. The current maximum Pell Grant for a full-time student is $6,195 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
FSEOG funds are awarded to undergraduate students who have Federal Pell Grant eligibility. Funding levels are determined each year by the Federal Government. FSEOG funds awarded to Assumption College students typically range from $100-$2,500.
Assumption College participates in the following state grant programs. To be eligible for these funds, students must complete the FAFSA annually, in accordance with each state's established deadline, and demonstrate financial need.
The MASSGrant is available to full-time undergraduate students who are permanent legal residents of Massachusetts. Award amounts are determined each year by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Current MASSGrant amounts range from $600-$1,600.
Massachusetts Gilbert Grant
The Gilbert Grant is available to full-time undergraduate students who are permanent legal residents of Massachusetts. Funding levels are determined each year by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Gilbert Grant amounts range from $200-$2,500.
For more information regarding all Massachusetts State Grant and Scholarship offerings, please refer to Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Other State Grant Programs
Assumption College participates in other state grant programs available to non-MA resident students. Awards from states will not be added to your financial aid package until official notification of eligibility from the state's agency is received (generally occurring during the summer months). For more information on eligibility requirements and deadlines, please contact the scholarship agency in your home state.
Scholarships may also be available through sources such as religious and civic organizations, banks, credit unions, your parents' employer or local businesses. Check with your guidance counselor for help researching potential scholarship sources. Remember, you should not have to pay to find potential scholarships.
Remember to inform the Financial Aid Office of scholarships you receive from other sources. Please see our policy on outside scholarships and how they can affect your financial aid package.