Types of Scholarships

We have a variety of scholarships available to help make an Alfred University education affordable for you.

Scholarships for Undergraduates

Alfred University is committed to providing a very competitive scholarship program. If you are a strong academic student, we have a variety of scholarships that will interest you. The Office of Admissions awards all scholarships based upon consideration of a student's cumulative GPA, rigor of curriculum, and board score. A student's strength in high school/college courses, high school quality, leadership and service, and participation in extracurricular activities is also taken into consideration. A student must complete the entire admission application process to be eligible for scholarships. Most undergraduate scholarships are renewable annually at AU.

First Year & Transfer Students

Scholarships for New York State residents range from $10,000-$23,000 annually.

Scholarships for non-New York State residents range from $15,000-$23,000 annually.


Alfred University scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions' Scholarship Committee prior to enrollment at Alfred University. Unless otherwise noted, first year students are awarded in the entering first year and require full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) enrollment.


A scholarship is a form of gift assistance awarded based on merit. Most scholarships are renewable for four years. It usually denotes a merit-based award which recognizes academic achievement and promise or another special attribute. Alfred University offers a wide variety of scholarships to acknowledge the special abilities of new first year, transfer, and international students. Students can apply for most of the scholarships listed, except as noted, by completing the application for admission. Scholarship amounts reflected on this webpage are for first time first year and transfer students.

We offer the following scholarships:

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Jonathan Allen Scholarship
  • King Alfred Scholarship
  • Saxon Award
  • 1836 Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (Full-time transfer students from a two-year college who are members of Phi Theta Kappa.)
  • Art Portfolio Scholarship (for students in the School of Art & Design. Students must submit a portfolio for review. Students wishing consideration for this scholarship need to complete the admissions process and submit their portfolio by February 1 for first year students and March 1 for transfer students)

Alfred University also offers Competition Scholarships for first year students who may compete in the academic areas of engineering, mathematics, and English composition. The scholarships are $1,000 to $2,500 per year. Awards are renewable provided the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, continuous full-time enrollment, and good citizenship.

The competitions are held on the Alfred University campus during the fall and winter of the senior year of high school. The Lelia E. Tupper Writing Competition is determined by an essay submission.

William Varick Nevins III Mathematics Competition
Campus Exam

Lelia E. Tupper Writing Competition

Inamori School of Engineering
Campus Exam

Full-time students who are certified as eligible to participate by a member institution within the Tuition Exchange Inc. Program are eligible for the standard full-time tuition rate up to a maximum of eight semesters for enrollment in one of the University's undergraduate degree programs.

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by a University committee. Candidates are evaluated based on high school/college academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, and citizenship.

Students must apply for admission by the preferred application deadline of February 1st. Be certified as eligible to participate by a Tuition Exchange Inc. member institution and demonstrate a completed application for admission with all supporting documents and credentials by February 15.

The Office of Financial Aid is excited to be working with ScholarshipUniverse - a tool that makes funding and applying for external scholarships easier.

What is ScholarshipUniverse?
It is a matching system that maximizes scholarship opportunities for students. It allows students to create an academic profile that enables them to connect with various external scholarship opportunities. Updating your profile regularly will ensure you are seeing all of the external scholarships for which you qualify.

How does ScholarshipUniverse Work?

  • You answer questions and are matched to scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible
  • You can easily apply online to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal
  • You can track your application status via the portal
  • You are alerted whenever you are matched to a new scholarship opportunity
  • You will receive automatic reminders about outstanding tasks and next steps

How do I use ScholarshipUniverse?

  • Current and newly deposited students will access ScholarshipUniverse and enter your Alfred credentials
  • There are detailed ScholarshipUniverse navigation instructions and FAQ's built in that you may find helpful as you explore the tool

*Please note: ScholarshipUniverse is only compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers.