There are a number of scholarships, grants and special programs available to qualified students to help you pay for the cost of attending Manhattan College. Scholarships and grants do not need to be paid back. Scholarships can only apply towards tuition. It does not apply towards room & board.
Manhattan Colleges funds a variety of scholarship and grant programs that are awarded to eligible students. Please note that institutional aid is awarded based on full-time resident status. When a student changes residency status from resident to commuter, the change in the student's budget may result in the loss of all or some of their need-based aid. The Office of Financial Aid Administration strongly urges all students who are considering moving off campus to speak with a financial aid counselor prior to making a residency change to see if and/or how your financial aid could change.
Manhattan College awards need-based aid to students who demonstrate financial need. These awards are given for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). Need-based aid recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress, full-time enrollment, file FAFSA annually and on time, and comply with any verification requests.
Non-need based scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments. Eligibility for these scholarships is based on a variety of accomplishments such as exceptional SAT or ACT scores, grade point average, volunteer and community involvement, extra-curricular accomplishments and class rank.
Special scholarships are offered to students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and/or leadership in their high school or community. A separate application and interview/audition/try-out is required for these awards.
The federal government offers several grants that are available for eligible students.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are based on financial need as demonstrated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need; students who receive Federal Pell Grants have priority. FSEOGs are awarded by a college's financial aid office based on information in the FAFSA.
If eligible, students should apply for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the Department of Veterans Affairs upon acceptance. Obtain your Yellow Ribbon Certificate of Eligibility from the VA. You can do this by contacting them at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551) or online at the VA website. Upon completion of the application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility advising you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
After proceeding with an application for admission to Manhattan College, please forward your Certificate of Eligibility to Adeline Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The College will receive direct payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs in the amount of both the GI Bill Benefit (Ch. 33) as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program matching portion.
Residents of New York State who attend college in New York State may be eligible for financial aid funded by the State. Information about specific programs is listed below. Additionally, visit the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website for further information about paying for college in New York State.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. You can view the documents needed as well as the filing instructions here. NYS TAP for Dream Act Students should fill out a separate application here.
HEOP provides supportive services and financial aid to New York state residents who meet specific academic and financial criteria, and attend independent colleges and universities in New York state. HEOP at Manhattan College enables motivated students who lack adequate preparation and financial resources for college attendance to pursue a college degree, and includes a number of support services to help students succeed academically and socially.
Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
CSTEP seeks to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program offers state-funded assistance for students who meet specific academic and financial criteria, and who major in a STEM-related field. The CSTEP program at Manhattan College provides support services to help students succeed academically and socially.
Outside, private scholarships are available through a number of outside, third-party organizations. These awards are considered part of your financial aid package and federal regulations require this information be reported to the College. Substantial funding from outside scholarships may impact your awards. Award adjustments can vary from the reduction of loan offers to a decrease in other institutional aid offered. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid Administration if you anticipate getting an outside scholarship.
To assist students who want to apply for outside scholarships, we maintain a blog with new scholarship posted on a routine basis.