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Scholarships

University at Albany Foundation Scholarships

Students who are awarded a University at Albany Foundation endowed scholarship will be notified via email.

Scholarships are awarded to new and continuing students based on academic excellence, leadership, service, talent, financial need, and any criteria required by the scholarship donor.

Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are need-based and require students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in conjunction with the scholarship application. The scholarship applicant is responsible for completing forms and providing valid documentation for scholarship consideration .

Institutional Merit Scholarships

The University at Albany awards merit scholarships based on academic success; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are awarded at time of admission to the University by Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions with awarding questions.

Freshman Presidential Scholarship (New)

The University at Albany's Presidential Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated superior academic excellence as evidenced by grade point average (GPA), SAT and/or ACT scores. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Renewable for three years contingent upon cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed cost of attendance
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Scholarship first awarded to cohort entering fall 2019-2020
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

Freshman Achievement Scholarship (New)

The University at Albany's Achievement Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated academic excellence through grade point average (GPA), SAT and/or ACT scores. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Be a resident of a state other than New York
  • Renewable for three years contingent upon cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award is designed to assist with, but not to exceed, cost of attendance
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Scholarship first awarded to cohort entering fall 2019-2020
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

175th Anniversary Scholarship

The University at Albany's 175th Anniversary Scholarships are designated for a select cohort of freshman students. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Renewable for up to three years for freshman, contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the University at Albany
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

Great Dane Transfer Grant

The University at Albany is proud to offer transfer students the Great Dane Transfer Grant. This merit-based award is for incoming transfer students who first entered the University in fall 2019 or spring 2020 and live on campus. To be eligible for the Great Dane Transfer Grant, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at your previous institution(s)
  • Have 24 or more transferrable credits from another college or university
  • Attend UAlbany on a full-time basis (12 credits or more, each semester)
  • Live on campus in university residence (Alumni Quad, Colonial Quad, Dutch Quad, Indian Quad, State Quad, or Freedom Quad Apartments)

This $3,000 award is split equally between fall 2019 and spring 2020, applied to University room costs only and designated specifically for fall 2019 and spring 2020. This grant may not be combined with any other grants, scholarships and/or awards designated for housing.

Student Success Transfer Grant

The University at Albany is proud to offer transfer students the Student Success Transfer Grant. This need-based award is for incoming transfer students who first entered the University in fall 2019 or spring 2020 and live on campus. To be eligible for the Student Success Transfer Grant, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 - 2.99 at your previous institution(s)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have 24 or more transferrable credits from another college or university
  • Attend UAlbany on a full-time basis (12 credits or more, each semester)
  • Live on campus in university residence (Alumni Quad, Colonial Quad, Dutch Quad, Indian Quad, State Quad, or Freedom Quad Apartments)

This $1,000 award is split equally between fall 2019 and spring 2020, applied to University room costs only and designated specifically for fall 2019 and spring 2020. This grant may not be combined with any other grants, scholarships and/or awards designated for housing.

Capital District Leadership Awards

Capital District Leadership Awards are scholarships designed to recognize and reward students from the greater Albany region with a passion for leadership and noteworthy leadership experiences. As part of our commitment to identifying, unleashing, and supporting student greatness, eight freshmen will be recognized and rewarded at $7,000 per year and 20 freshmen will be recognized and rewarded at $3,000 per year. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior, scheduled to graduate in the spring semester of 2020 and attending a high school in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, or Washington Counties.
  • While all students from eligible counties are welcome to apply, competitive applicants would fall in the upper quarter of the University at Albany's entering class (93%+ high school grade point average / SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 630+; SAT Math: 630+).
  • Award is "stackable" with other University at Albany merit scholarship aid (e.g. Presidential Scholarship, for possible totals of $11,500 or $7,500). This award will not count against Pell or TAP entitlement awards, nor the Excelsior Scholarship, and is renewable for each of three additional, consecutive years provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and completes 15 or more credits per semester.

Application Process

Students must apply to the University at Albany through the Early Action option, using either the Common Application or SUNY Application. The Early Action deadline is November 1 and all award materials must be received by December 1 (extended from November 15).

Applicants must submit the following required leadership award materials via their application portal:

  • Two letters of recommendation from high school officials where they are enrolled, attesting to leadership skills and potential.
  • A short essay (no more than 500 words) describing the student's personal vision to deploy leadership.

Applicants will first be notified of their admission decision, then after review of leadership award materials, semi-finalists will be invited to campus for an interview and reception in early February. Recipients will be required to reside in campus housing each year and 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.

Scholarships Paid to the University

Most scholarships awarded by the University (University Honors, Frederick Douglass, Athletic Scholarships, and most external donor scholarships) are paid directly to the Office of Student Accounts on your behalf. Funds UAlbany receives directly from the program or donor are credited to the student's account as "anticipated aid".

When scholarship checks from donors are made payable to the University, we simply credit them to your account as soon as we receive them. When a scholarship check from a donor is made payable to you, we send out a postcard asking you to come to the Office of Student Accounts Bursar counter to endorse it and then apply the amount to your account.

Scholarships Paid Directly to the Student

Other scholarships, such as some external donor scholarships, are paid directly to you -- not to the Office of Student Accounts. For this reason, they are not credited as anticipated aid on your account. You may use the money for any education-related expense.

Scholarships Can Change Your Financial Aid Eligibility

If you are receiving financial aid, you must inform the University's Financial Aid Office of any scholarship you receive from any source outside the University. If you do not, you may be overfunded with financial aid and may owe a repayment. That is, the amount of other financial aid may be reduced because of the scholarship, resulting in a new "balance due" on your account.

Receiving Your Scholarship Money

Scholarship awards are automatically credited to your UAlbany student account.

Thank You Letter & Scholarship/Donor Reception

Thank You Letter

Upon receiving a scholarship you will be asked to write a thank-you letter (this may be done via e-mail.) Many of the scholarships at UAlbany are made possible by contributions from generous donors. Receiving a thank you letter from scholarship recipients is meaningful to donors or their relatives. Thank you letters give UAlbany supporters the opportunity to see the impact the scholarship has made in the life of a student recipient. Please help us thank our generous donors who have helped make your scholarship possible.

Scholarship Reception & Photographs

You will also be asked to attend a Scholarship/Donor Reception, which is held annually in the fall by The University at Albany Foundation. This event gives student scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet the donors who made their scholarship possible, and gives the donors the opportunity to meet & greet the recipient of their scholarship. At this event, and at times throughout the academic year, The University at Albany Foundation may request that you provide a photo, have your picture taken and/or appear in a video so that this information can be shared with the donor(s) and used in our printed and on-line publications.

*You may also check with your School or Department for other scholarship opportunities that may be available.