Scholarships & Aid

A Valuable, Affordable College Degree 

Earning a college degree from the University at Albany is a smart investment in your future. And, as a public research university, UAlbany costs considerably less than most private institutions and provides a rigorous academic experience of equal value. 

Nearly 80% of our undergraduate students apply for financial aid and about 60% receive money they don’t need to pay back.  

Visit our Tuition & Fees for Undergraduate Students page for information on costs and aid. 

Start the financial aid process by completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Incoming first-year and transfer students must file the FAFSA by December 1 to receive priority consideration for financial aid awards.   

Visit our Apply for Financial Aid as a First-Year Student or Apply for Financial Aid as a Transfer Student pages for detailed instructions. 

 

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Merit Scholarships for New York State First-Year Students 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions awards merit scholarships to select incoming first-year students, based on their academic achievement. Financial need is not a factor and there is no separate application.  

These scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years, provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits), while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for New York State tuition
 

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Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $20,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Minerva Scholarship

Minerva Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $4,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $16,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

 

1844 Scholarship

1844 Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated commendable academic performance, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $2,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $8,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Irvis Scholarship

Irvis Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated academic progress, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $750 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $3,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Academic Distinction Grant

The Academic Distinction Grant is a partial room scholarship awarded to our highest achieving New York State scholars. Recipients of this grant must have also received a Presidential Scholarship in the 2020-21 academic year or later to be eligible.  

This $1,000 grant is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this grant. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Academic Distinction Grant eligibility. 

Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State First-Year Students 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions awards merit scholarships to select incoming first-year students, based on their academic achievement. Financial need is not a factor and there is no separate application.  

These scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years, provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits), while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for out-of-state tuition
 

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Empire Scholarship

Empire Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $12,500 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $50,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Provost Scholarship

Provost Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $9,500 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $38,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Dean Scholarship

Dean Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated commendable academic performance, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $9,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $36,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Purple and Gold Scholarship

Purple and Gold Scholarships are awarded to first-year students who have demonstrated academic promise, reflected by their academic achievement and performance.  

This $7,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $28,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. 

Engaged Community Award

The Engaged Community Award is a partial room scholarship awarded to our highest achieving out-of-state scholars. Recipients of this award must have also received an Empire Scholarship or a Provost Scholarship to be eligible.  

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Engaged Community Award eligibility. 

Merit Scholarships for New York State Transfer Students 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is proud to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students continuing their studies at UAlbany by awarding merit scholarships to select incoming students. There is no separate application.  

These scholarships are generally awarded for two years, depending on the student’s academic grade level at the time of admission.  

Recipients must remain continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits), while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for New York State tuition.  

Note: Housing grants / partial room scholarships and non-tuition scholarships are not stackable, meaning that students cannot receive both. 

 

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Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant

Helderberg Transfer Housing Grants are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university.  

This $4,000 partial room scholarship ($2,000 per semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant eligibility. 

Delancy Scholarship

Delancy Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant.  

This $1,500 non-tuition scholarship ($750 per semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. 

Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant

Great Dane Transfer Housing Grants are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university.  

This $3,000 partial room scholarship ($1,500 per semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant eligibility. 

Stuyvesant Scholarship

Stuyvesant Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant.  

This $1,000 non-tuition scholarship ($500 per semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. 

UAlbany Book Award

UAlbany Book Awards are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the UAlbany Housing Grant.  

This $500 award ($250 per semester) is allocated to pay for books and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. 

Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfer Students 

The Office of Undergraduate Education is proud to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students continuing their studies at UAlbany by awarding merit scholarships to select incoming students. There is no separate application.  

These scholarships are generally awarded for two years, depending on the student’s academic grade level at the time of admission.  

Recipients must remain continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits), while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for out-of-state tuition.  

 

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Carillon Scholarship

Carillon Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university.  

This $7,500 partial room scholarship ($3,750 per semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Carillon Scholarship eligibility. 

Academic Promise Scholarship

Academic Promise Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university.  

This $6,000 partial room scholarship ($3,000 per semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Academic Promise Scholarship eligibility. 

Hudson Scholarship

Hudson Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university.  

This $4,500 partial room scholarship ($2,250 per semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.  

Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Hudson Scholarship eligibility. 

Competitive Awards for First-Year Students 

The University at Albany offers several competitive award opportunities for incoming first-year students.  

Eligible students must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are selected based on supplemental application materials and interviews. 

These awards are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits), while maintaining satisfactory academic progress.  

Additional eligibility guidelines include: 

  • Students must apply to the University at Albany by December 1 (extended from November 15) through the Early Action option. 

  • All competitive award application materials — including the essay and letters of recommendation — must be received by December 15 (extended from December 1). 

  • Finalists for each award must participate in an interview with the review committee. 

Students may apply for multiple competitive awards but are only eligible to receive one. Competitive awards can be stacked with merit scholarships but cannot exceed the cost of attendance. 

 

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Capital District Leadership Awards

Capital District Leadership Awards recognize incoming first-year students from the greater Albany region who have a passion for leadership and experience as a noteworthy leader.  

As part of our commitment to identifying, unleashing and supporting student greatness, 10 first-year students are recognized as Capital District Leaders and awarded $7,000 per year; and 20 first-year students are recognized as Capital District Fellows and awarded $3,000 per year. 

Applicants must also be a high school senior, be scheduled to graduate in the spring semester of 2022, and be attending a high school in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren or Washington counties. 

While all students from eligible counties are encouraged to apply, competitive applicants fall in the upper quarter of UAlbany’s entering class. 

Eligible students can access the application through the UAlbany Applicant Portal.  

This non-tuition award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and successfully completes 12 or more credits each semester. 

Recipients are expected to take an active role in campus life. Their receipt of the award will be contingent upon successful completion of their senior year high school coursework, graduation at a level of achievement consistent with their performance when offered Early Action admission, and receipt of official ACT or SAT scores. 

College of Arts and Sciences Competitive Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences offers competitive awards to incoming first-year students pursuing the following majors: 

  • The Arts: Art; Art History; Music; Theatre 

  • Earth Sciences: Atmospheric Science; Environmental Science 

  • Global Studies: Africana Studies; Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; Japanese Studies; Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies 

  • Languages and Literatures: English; Journalism; Linguistics; Spanish 

  • Physical Sciences: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Physics 

  • Social Sciences: Anthropology; Communication; Economics; Geography; Globalization Studies; History; Sociology; Urban Studies and Planning 

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. 

Students interested in applying for a College of Arts and Sciences Competitive Award can access the application through the UAlbany Applicant Portal.   

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Competitive Awards

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers competitive awards to incoming first-year students pursuing the following majors: 

  • Computer Science 

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • Environmental and Sustainable Engineering 

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. 

Students interested in applying for a College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Competitive Award can access the application through the UAlbany Applicant Portal.  

Great Dane Teacher Pathway Competitive Awards

The School of Education offers competitive awards to incoming first-year students interested in pursuing the Great Dane Teacher Pathway for the following majors: 

  • Atmospheric Science 

  • Biology 

  • Chemistry 

  • English 

  • History 

  • Human Development 

  • Mathematics 

  • Physics

  • Spanish

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. 

Recipients of the Great Dane Teacher Pathway Competitive Award are eligible for an additional $1,000 award for their fifth/graduate year of study at UAlbany, pending admission to the program. 

Students interested in applying for a Great Dane Teacher Pathway Competitive Award can access the application through the UAlbany Applicant Portal.  

University in the High School (UHS) Competitive Awards

The University in the High School Program offers competitive awards to incoming first-year students enrolled in the University at Albany’s UHS program.  

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the first year, for the potential total of $4,000.  

It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. 

Students interested in applying for a University in the High School Competitive Award access can the application through the UAlbany Applicant Portal.  

University at Albany Multicultural High School Scholars Award

In its 34th year, UAlbany’s Multicultural High School Scholars Award recognizes African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) high school juniors from upstate New York who have distinguished academic records and who are involved in school and community activities. 

Awardees — who are nominated by their high school counselors and community leaders — must achieve a high school average of at least 88%.  

More than 4,600 ALANA students have received this award since its inception in 1987.  

The award was created by Dr. Carson Carr, Jr. to recognize students' excellence in their classrooms, school and community. At the time, Dr. Carr was the director of UAlbany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Awardees are invited to visit campus for an annual fall awards ceremony and reception that features college planning sessions and the presentation of certificates. Awardees will also receive a UAlbany admissions application fee waiver. 

Parents, family members, and guidance counselors are also recognized for their role in helping students achieve excellence. 

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Who is eligible and how do I nominate a student?

To be eligible, a student must: 

  • Be a high school junior who is African American, Latino/a, Asian American and/or Native American 
  • Live in upstate New York 
  • Have an academic average of 88% or higher 
  • Have engaged in outstanding school and community leadership 
  • Have (or plan to complete) no less than 18 core units including 3 years of college preparatory math, 2 years of lab sciences, 2 years of foreign language, 4 years of social studies, and 4 years of English (the other three units from English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, or foreign language.)   

High school counselors and community leaders can nominate students for the award. 

The 2022 nomination form will be available during the Spring 2022 semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions office at  
[email protected].  

Additional Funding Options 

When comparing college costs, it is important to always be aware of the bottom line — meaning the money you pay after financial aid.  

Direct expenses at UAlbany include tuition, fees, room and board. To determine how much you’ll need to pay, add up those direct expenses, then subtract all financial aid you’ve been offered.  

If you’re left with a balance to pay, consider the following options:  

  • Split your balance into equal installments by enrolling in the University's payment plan

  • Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan. A PLUS Loan allows for a student's parent to finance the remaining cost of attendance.  

Visit the Student Financial Services website for more information or to speak with a financial aid advisor. 

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