Scholarships & Grants

Grants and scholarships are gift aid, which means that they are not required to be repaid or earned. Undergraduate students can be considered for programs funded by the federal government, the state of Massachusetts, and Suffolk University.

Undergraduate

Prospective Students: Estimate your eligibility for financial aid at Suffolk by visiting our Net Price Calculator. If you are interested in learning more about merit scholarships offered to new students, please visit our New Student Merit Calculator.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants

This federally funded program is available to undergraduate students with substantial demonstrated financial need and who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Award amounts vary based on the student’s EFC and enrollment status. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant is $6,095. Minimum enrollment requirements for receipt of a federal Pell Grant is 3 credits per semester.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

This federally funded program is available to full- and part-time undergraduate students with substantial demonstrated financial need. Award is based on student’s EFC, with priority given to Pell Grant recipients. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the maximum SEOG is $4,000.

Massachusetts State Grants

Mass Grant

This program is available to full-time undergraduate students who are residents of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to receiving this scholarship. Dependent students are considered legal residents of the same state as their parent(s). Award amounts vary based on the student’s EFC. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the maximum Mass Grant award is $1,600. Students may not receive more than eight semesters of Mass Grant.

Gilbert Matching Grant

This grant is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are residents of Massachusetts. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need with priority given to Mass Grant recipients. For 2018-2019 the maximum Gilbert Matching Grant award is $2,500.

State Part-time Grant

This grant is available to students who are permanent legal residents of Massachusetts and ranges from $200 - $850 per academic year. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits but fewer than 12 credits per academic term to qualify.

Public Service Grant

The Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program was established in recognition of the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Recipients must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year. The maximum award amount is $2,500 per academic year.

Gear-up Grant

This grant is available to undergraduate students who participated in the Early Intervention component of GEAR UP Massachusetts and have graduated from a Massachusetts public high school. Recipients must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year. For 2016-17 the award amounts range from $800-$1000.

Foster Child Grant Program

The program provides grants of up to $6000 annually for foster children to help pay for an education beyond high school. The Foster Child Grant recipient must have signed an agreement with the Department of Children and Families for care and services beyond age 18. Recipients must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year.

University Grants

Financial aid applicants will receive automatic consideration for awards listed below, unless otherwise noted

Alumni Discount: This $1,000 discount is available to the legal dependents of Suffolk University graduates who enroll full-time in an undergraduate program. Discount is not available to Suffolk University employees who receive tuition remission. A separate application [PDF] is required.

Alumni Leadership Fund: Awarded to a junior or senior who demonstrates financial need, has a minimum GPA of 2.7, and has shown leadership qualities while participating in university sponsored activities or organizations (i.e. SGA). Preference is given to dependents of Suffolk University alumni.

Anders Scholarship: This program is awarded to Sawyer Business School students who work part-time and are United States citizens.

Rae and Christina Anderson Scholarship: Awarded to deserving student(s) in the Sawyer School of Business.

Stephen A Baker & Co, Inc. Award: This grant is awarded to an Accounting major completing his/her junior year. Award amount is $1,000 and is applied to senior year tuition. Recipient is selected by a faculty committee on the basis of academic achievement.

Richard Ballo Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an aspiring journalist with a preference given to students from Waltham or Leominster, MA.

Black Studies Scholarship: The recipient of this scholarship is chosen by committee and must be a junior or senior with a minor in Black Studies.

Bookstore Scholarship: This scholarship is available to part-time students enrolled in evening classes. Recipients are selected on the basis of need.

Boys and Girls Club of Boston Scholarship: The recipient must be a registered member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, demonstrate financial need, and enroll as a full-time undergraduate. The scholarship can be renewed for up to four years, provided a cumulative 2.75 GPA is earned.

Patricia and John Brennan Scholarship: This fund is awarded to College of Arts and Sciences students who have been residents of Massachusetts for a minimum of 3 years.

James and Joan Bristol Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a junior accounting major. Recipient is selected by a faculty committee on the basis of academic promise, scholastic achievement, and potential in his/her future profession.

Nelson & Mary Burke Scholarship: This scholarship is available to undergraduate students from Rhode Island. Recipients are selected on the basis of need.

CAS Student Retention Scholarship: With funds generously donated by Suffolk alumni, awards are given to College of Arts & Sciences students who may otherwise not have been able to remain enrolled at Suffolk University.

Chaput Family Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to residents of Arlington, MA with financial need. Recipients also must have attended Arlington, MA public or private schools. Priority given to History or Communications/Journalism majors.

John P. Chase Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time entering freshmen and transfer students enrolled in the Sawyer Business School. Recipients are selected on the basis of merit. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal.

Ciccolo Scholarship: This program was established to assist graduates of Cambridge, Ringe and Latin High School who demonstrate financial need and merit.

Pvt. Sheldon R. Cohen Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a full-time entering freshman from Chelsea. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Connell Scholarship: This scholarship was established to assist students with a demonstrated need who are residents of Lynn and/or graduates of St. Mary’s Regional High School.

John M. Corcoran Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time entering freshmen and transfer students. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of demonstrated scholastic achievement, with a particular emphasis on SAT scores. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal.

P. Leo and Helen Corcoran Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time entering freshmen and transfer students. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of demonstrated scholastic achievement, with a particular emphasis on SAT scores. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal.

Derek Coward Book Award Fund: This award was established by retired Associate Professor of Marketing and Executive-in-Residence, Derek Coward. The award is given to a student majoring in marketing who has the highest GPA at the end of his/her junior year. The award will be used to help finance the costs of textbooks for the recipient’s senior year.

J.W.S. Cox Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.

E. William Dandes Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Accounting.

Mio Davis Marketing Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a Marketing major in his/her junior year. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic standing and demonstrated financial need.

Dean’s Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time entering freshmen and transfer students. Recipients are selected on the basis of merit. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal.

DerMarderosian Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students with need who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to community service.

James E. and Rose E. Doherty Journalism Scholarship: This scholarship was established to provide support for journalism majors.

Agnes Driscoll Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need and merit.

Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University: This program is available to currently enrolled Suffolk Electrical Engineering students who graduated from a Boston Public High School and have financial need. At this time, no new recipients are being selected as grant funds have been exhausted by current scholarship recipients.

Family Discount Plan: This program offers an award of $500 per student to families with two undergraduate dependent students who are both enrolled full-time at Suffolk University. Requires a separate application.

Fenton Scholarship: This fund provides awards to needy students.

James Ferris, Sr., Engineering Fund: This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in Engineering Department with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and high ethical standards.

Mary Flannery Scholarship: Three $5000 awards are made annually to a junior majoring in each of the following departments: Accounting, Finance and Marketing. Recipients are selected by a committee.

Ford Journalism Scholarship: Awarded to an undergraduate Journalism major.

Freidman Memorial Fund: This award is given to a Biology major who demonstrates financial need. Recipients are selected by a committee.

Thomas A. Fulham Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time entering freshmen and transfer students. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of merit. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal.

Jill S. and James I. Gabbe Humanities Scholarship: Awarded annually on the basis of merit and need to sophomore, junior or senior majoring in English, Theatre or Humanities with a minimum GPA of 3.4.

Thomas J. and Margaret Geraghty Scholarship: This program is available to undergraduate students from Hyde Park or West Roxbury. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Grandfathered Tuition Plan for Meritorious students: This program stipulates that undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 will not be assessed the annual tuition increase. Applicants must have been enrolled at Suffolk University for at least one year prior, and have no D, F or Incomplete grades. Full-time students receive a grant equal to the yearly tuition increase. Part-time students (minimum 6 credits) required receive a grant equal to the yearly tuition increase for 6 credits. Note: this program is only available to Boston campus students.

Greenberg Family Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded by a committee to a sophomore or junior student with an major in Oral Communications.

Griffin Manning Award: This grant is awarded by a committee to an outstanding senior Accounting major.

Mary Hefron Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from Arlington who has successfully completed one semester. Applicants must demonstrate need.

Sheng Fa Hsu Scholarship: This program is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.

Robert J. Kane BA '66 Scholarship: Awarded to CAS students who demonstrate financial need.

Chris Katsikas Scholarship: Awarded to a part-time undergraduate student with financial need.

Joseph M. Kelly Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen with demonstrated need from Boston English, Catholic Memorial, or Watertown High school.

Regina Khirallah Scholarship: This program is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

David Kinosian Scholarship: Awarded to a Sawyer Business School undergraduate student with need who comes from a single parent home.

Anthony Laconti Scholarship: This fund is given to a Sophomore or Junior student with a Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biochemistry/Forensic Sciences major. The scholarship requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Geraldine F. Lavin Memorial Scholarship Fund - This scholarship is awarded annually to a Suffolk University Cape Cod student enrolled in the Sawyer Business School whose life has been impacted by breast cancer. This award requires a separate application.

Lynch Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of one of the eight inner-city high schools of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Mass Community College Excellence Award: This scholarship is awarded to students transferring to Suffolk University from a Massachusetts Community College. Recipients are selected on the basis of merit as part of the Admissions application process. No additional application is required. The award is renewable for up to 8 semesters.

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time, undergraduate accounting majors who plan to enter the accounting profession. Applicants must be Massachusetts residents entering junior or senior year. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of demonstrated financial need and merit.

McDonnell International Business Scholarship: This program is awarded to students in the Sawyer Business School with financial need.

Dorothy McNamara Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded annually by a faculty committee.

Nathan R. Miller Scholarship: This scholarship is available to graduates of Boston public High Schools entering an undergraduate program. Up to 15 full-tuition scholarships are awarded annually based on demonstrated financial need and merit. Awards are renewable for up to 4 consecutive years (8 consecutive semesters) provided recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 2.8.

Ella Murphy Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an English major. A recipient is selected by a faculty committee on the basis of merit.

NEWIRE Scholarship: Established through the generosity of the New England Women in Real Estate, this scholarship is awarded to a part-time female undergraduate management student. Recipients are selected on the basis of need and merit, with priority given to applicants planning a career in real estate.

Boston Newspapermen’s Benevolent Association Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a Journalism major who plans to enter the print media. Priority consideration is given to juniors and seniors. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee on the basis of merit. Requires full-time enrollment. Requires separate application.

Stephen P. Novak Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen. Recipient is selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

John Nucci Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students with need from Boston Latin High School.

John Paul O'Connor Scholarship: Awarded to an Accounting major with demonstrated financial need.

Peters Family Scholarship: Awarded to a deserving undergraduate, preferably from Massachusetts, with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Quincy Scholarship: Awarded to needy full time undergraduate students who are graduates of the Boston Public Schools.

The Road Less Traveled Scholarship: This scholarship was established to provide support to graduates of Milford Senior High School who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Scholarship: Awarded to an undergraduate student with need.

Charles A Rossiter Jr. Scholarship: Awarded to deserving undergraduate Sawyer Business School students. Priority is given to students who are residents of Melrose, MA or attended Malden Catholic HS or worked for the IRS as a student or prior to enrollment.

Jose Royo Memorial Scholarship: This fund is awarded to a student with financial need who is studying at Suffolk University's Madrid Campus.

Francis A. and Edith V. Sagan Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts & Science on the basis of need and merit.

Samia Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need from Brighton, MA or Allston, MA with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Priority is given to freshmen from Brighton High School.

Samia Scholars: This program was established through the generosity of Suffolk alumnus Leonard J. Samia, ’69, to provide financial support to deserving Massachusetts students with great promise and with financial need. The award can be renewed for a total of four academic years provided recipients continue to demonstrate need and academic success.

SBS Alumni Association Scholarship: Available to a full time undergraduate student enrolled in the Sawyer Business school for junior or senior year. Recipients must have earned a 2.75 or higher GPA, have a permanent Massachusetts address, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate active participation in the activities of Suffolk University.

SBS Student Retention Scholarship:
With funds generously donated by Suffolk alumni, awards are given to Sawyer Business School students who may otherwise not have been able to remain enrolled at Suffolk University.

Scangas Entrepreneur Scholarship: Awarded by faculty committee to a deserving undergraduate in the Entrepreneurial program.

Scully Scholarship: This award is given to a student in the Sawyer Business School with financial need.

George C. Seybolt Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate student. Recipients is selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Charles E Shiere Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to student enrolled in the Sawyer Business School who demonstrates financial need.

Frederick F. Spaziani Memorial Award: This scholarship is awarded by a faculty committee to one full-time and one part-time student in the Engineering program on the basis of merit.

Harold Stone Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded by a faculty committee to a junior Accounting major. A recipient is selected on the basis of merit.

Tegan Centennial Scholarship: Funds from this program are awarded to a College of Arts & Sciences sophomore, junior or senior with financial need.

Transfer Excellence Award: This scholarship is awarded to full-time transfers upon their acceptance to Suffolk University. Recipients are selected on the basis of merit as part of the Admissions application process. No additional application is required. The award is renewable for up to 8 semesters.

Ethelann Trent and Charles Silver Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to part-time undergraduate students (at the sophomore, junior, or senior level), enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need and merit. Priority consideration is given to females who are mature in years.

Trustee Achievement Grant (TAG): This grant is awarded to current students on the basis of prior academic achievement. Students must enroll full-time. Awards can be renewed for up to 8 semesters.

Trustees Scholarship: The largest institutionally funded program available at Suffolk University, this scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time undergraduate students. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

University Achievement Grant: This grant is awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students on the basis of prior academic achievement. Students must enroll full-time. Awards can be renewed for up to 8 semesters.

University Student Retention Scholarship: With funds generously donated by Suffolk alumni, awards are given to students who may otherwise not have been able to remain enrolled at Suffolk University.

U.S. Veteran's Memorial Scholarship: Provides financial assistance to one academically qualified undergraduate student who is a veteran of the U.S. Military or descendant of a U.S. veteran.

Vendome Firefighter’s Scholarship: This scholarship, established to provide assistance to a child or descendant of a Boston firefighter, is awarded to an entering freshman. Recipient is selected on the basis of merit. Award amount is one third of tuition costs. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal. Requires separate application. Please contact Student Financial Services to apply.

Stanley M. Vogel Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in English. Recipient is selected on the basis of merit.

Vogel-Katsenes Scholarship: This program provides scholarship funding to a College of Arts & Sciences student with financial need.

Richard Voke Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman who is a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Waldorf Family Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Henry Warren Scholarship: This program, established to assist students from the Ashland area, is awarded to undergraduate students. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Harry Zohn Scholarship: This scholarship was established in memory of Trustee Harry Zohn. One award is extended per academic year. Recipient is selected on the basis of financial need and merit. First priority is given to students majoring in English with a minor in Languages. Note: requires a minimum course load of 6 credits per semester.

Outside (Private) Scholarships

Numerous private scholarships are available through outside organizations and can be an invaluable source of assistance to students. Information on such scholarships is often available at your local library, the Guidance Office at your local high school, or on numerous web-based scholarship searches. We encourage all Suffolk students to pursue as many outside scholarship opportunities as possible.

If you are the recipient of an outside scholarship, you must report the award and the amount to the Office of Student Financial Services. It is the student’s responsibility to make us aware of any source of funding not listed on your award letter. Federal regulations require that your total financial aid not exceed your calculated financial eligibility.

In some cases, outside scholarships may necessitate an adjustment to your financial aid package. Whenever possible, self-help awards (loans and/or employment programs) will be reduced before grants or scholarships are impacted. Suffolk University policy does not allow for grant and scholarship funding in excess of the cost of tuition.