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The information below on scholarships and financial aid awards at Drew University applies to undergraduate students entering Drew for the first time in Fall 2023 or later.

Merit Scholarships

Drew offers three significant, merit-based academic scholarships for students enrolling in the 2023-2024 academic year. All applicants will be considered for these awards and no additional application is required.

New First-Year Students

Applicants to Drew from high school will be considered for one of four major scholarships at Drew: The Francis Asbury Scholarship, The Presidential Scholarship, The Dean’s Scholarship, and The Drew Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, do not require a separate application and are based on the applicant’s previous academic achievement.  Annual scholarship amounts range from $15,000 to $27,000 and are renewable at the initial amount awarded, assuming no major changes in college tuition charges and contingent on the maintenance of satisfactory academic progress and continued full-time enrollment.

International Students

International students are automatically considered for all Drew University Academic Scholarships at the time of admission. There are also a limited number of need-based grants and student employment opportunities available for international students. For consideration, students must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application and submit it by June 15 to the Office of Financial Assistance. International students must submit their Certification of Finances at the time of application.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants will be considered for annual scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $23,000, which are renewable for up to two additional years at the initial amount awarded, assuming no major changes in college tuition charges and contingent on the maintenance of satisfactory academic progress.

In addition to these scholarships, transfer students from community colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and who have obtained an associates degree are eligible for a PTK Scholarship of $3,000 per year.

Other Merit Scholarships

Baldwin Honors Scholarship

Students who indicate on the application for admission that they would like to be considered for the Baldwin Honors Program may receive an invitation to participate in the Baldwin Honors Program upon admission to Drew.  Our highest-achieving students are challenged with independent learning and advanced coursework, leading to a senior thesis. They receive a scholarship award of $3,000 per year in addition to other possible merit and need based aid.

Students may retain their Baldwin Honors Scholarship by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher and must remain active in the Baldwin Honors curriculum.

Drew Action Scholars

Drew Action Scholars is a two-year program with a four-year scholarship, guided by a distinctive, results- and action-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving. Accepted students join a cohort of peers committed to community, innovation and global impact in a connected world. Complete the two year program and receive a four year scholarship of $10,000 ($2,500/year).

Recognizing the power of the experiential learning built into the Civic Scholars program, Drew University has expanded into the Drew Action Scholars program, including more students and embracing more—and larger—real-world problems and solutions.

In fall 2020, we welcomed the first class of Drew Action Scholars. If you are interested in any or all of the focus areas below, apply to earn a scholarship while joining a selective group of like-minded fellow students:

COMMUNITY

Build knowledge and practice skills needed to make a difference in our local communities—collaboration, advocacy, deliberation and more.

INNOVATION

Use design thinking, lean start-up methodology and other strategies to create change via social ventures, triple bottom line organizations, and technological innovation.

GLOBAL

Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to be successful in our global cultures and economies.

Priority application deadline for Action Scholars is February 1. Early Decision and Early Action candidates are encouraged to submit their scholarship applications as soon after the admissions application as possible.

Drew Scholarship in the Arts

Applicants for admission with a demonstrated talent for and interest in the fine or performing arts (art, theatre and music) are encouraged to apply for the Drew Scholarship in the Arts. Students awarded the Scholarship in the Arts receive an annual award of $1,500 ($6,000 over four years). This award is in addition to any academic merit awards received. While Scholarship in the Arts recipients are not required to major in an arts field, they are expected to participate in the fine or performing arts throughout their college career.

Students must be in good academic standing, enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester and continue to be an active participant in the arts in order to remain eligible for this scholarship.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Priority application deadline for the Scholarship in the Arts is February 1Early Decision and Early Action candidates are encouraged to submit their scholarship applications as soon after the admissions application as possible.

Students must have a completed Common Application on file and submit the following:

BA/MD Combined Degree Program and Scholarship

While at Drew, the seven-year combined degree student will receive a total of $35,000 per year in scholarships for three years. Additional financial aid for the three years at Drew is available based on demonstrated financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BA/MD PROGRAM >

Need-Based Grants and Financial Aid

Drew is committed to helping students and families afford quality higher education. In order to be considered for need-based grants from Drew University, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed anytime after October 1. Drew’s priority deadline for filing the FAFSA for new students is Febuary 15.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students are automatically considered for all Drew University Academic Scholarships at the time of admission. There are also a limited number of need-based grants and student employment opportunities available for international students. For consideration, students must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application and submit it by June 15 to the Office of Financial Assistance at finaid@drew.edu or 973-408-3188 (fax).

Outside Scholarships

In addition to scholarships and grants offered by Drew University, students may apply for scholarships offered through outside organizations.

Outside awards will be used to meet any unmet need in the financial aid package. Once need has been fully met, an adjustment may be made to the self-help portion (work-study and loans) of the package based on federal and state regulations. Drew University need-based grants will be reduced only if the total of all scholarships and grants exceeds the student’s financial need. Outside awards will have no impact on Drew University merit-based scholarships unless the total of all grants and scholarships exceeds the cost of attendance.

ROTC Scholarships

Army ROTC

Drew University has a partnership arrangement with Seton Hall University for student membership in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Seton Hall, located in South Orange, NJ, is 12 miles from Drew. Most students make the 20-minute drive two days a week with either their own car, a Zipcar or with a fellow student.

Army ROTC is a leadership program that allows cadets to both attend college as a regular student and train to commission as an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation. A number of opportunities are available to prospective cadets to receive a full scholarship from the Army.

The Pirate Battalion at Seton Hall is one of three host universities in the state of New Jersey for Army ROTC. This ROTC program encompasses other crosstown universities—including Drew—that contribute to the 100-strong Battalion of Cadets.

Purpose: The ROTC program seeks to attract qualified, motivated students who are committed to learn Army values and standards. Cadets will be trained on Army operations and coached to become leaders of soldiers. They will be mentored to improve leadership skills, qualities and traits for betterment of our community. Finally, the ROTC program at Drew through Seton Hall will commission Army officers of character who lead our Army and nation to good world standing.

ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS

  • Four-Year Scholarship: Full tuition, book allowance, and a monthly stipend are offered to current high school students who intend to enroll in a four-year degree program at a participating ROTC college.
    • Deadline: All applications must be received no later than January 10 of your senior year in high school.
    • Application requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 17 and 26 with a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.50. Receive a high school diploma or pass a high school equivalency test. Minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test Service.
    • Commitment: A total of eight years split between the Army and the Individual Ready Reserve.
  • Three-Year Scholarship: Full tuition, book allowance, and a monthly stipend for current college students who still have three years to complete their degree programs at participating ROTC colleges.
    • Deadline: Unpublished; speak to a recruiting officer for timeframes.
    • Application requirements: See the four-year scholarship requirements listed above.
    • Service commitment: Four years of full-time service.
  • Two-Year Scholarship: Full tuition, fee coverage, book allowance and a monthly stipend for current college students who still have two years to complete their degree programs at participating ROTC colleges.
    • Deadline: Unpublished; speak to a recruiting officer for time frames.
    • Application requirements: See the four-year scholarship requirements listed above.
    • Service commitment: Four years of full-time service.
State Grant Programs

New Jersey Tuition Aid Grants

The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) is a state-funded program which provides assistance to students who demonstrate substantial financial need.

Eligible Students

  • Have a H.S. diploma or equivalent.
  • Are enrolled, full-time, matriculated undergraduate students.
  • Are legal residents of New Jersey for a minimum of 12 months prior to receiving a grant.
  • Cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on any student grant.
  • Are registered for the Selective Service (males only).

How to Apply

Students who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students and NJ DREAMERS will complete the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application.  The annual filing deadlines to apply for state aid are listed below:

  • Returning students: April 15. If you do not file by this deadline you will lose grant eligibility for both the fall and the spring.
  • New students in the fall and spring: September 15.
  • New students in the spring only: February 15.

For more information, contact the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Scholarships and Grants program at 800-792-8670 or visit www.hesaa.org.

Educational Opportunity Scholars (EOS)

For students with exceptional need, from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who have been NJ residents at least 12 months prior to receiving the grant. Must be a full-time student. Garden State Scholarship holders are not eligible. Generally, family income cannot exceed $32,040 annually for a two-person household or $81,780 for an eight-person household. (Exceptions may be made in extreme circumstances.)

Benefits

$2,500 per year, depending on a student’s financial need and satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply

Contact Drew’s Educational Opportunity Scholars Program Director.

Grants From Other States

Residents of other states should check with the appropriate state agency or high school guidance office for additional details regarding state grant eligibility and application requirements. Any state grant award is tentative and contingent upon the finalization of the state grant formula appropriation and actual receipt of funds by Drew University.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants

Description

Pell Grants are funded by the federal government and eligibility is determined by the information provided on the FAFSA.

Benefits

The amount of this grant ranges from $740-$7395 annually for the 2024-2025 academic year and is directly related to the SAI calculation determined by FAFSA Data. This program has a 12-term limit.

How to Apply

File the entire FAFSA by Feb. 15.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Description

FSEOG is a program funded by the federal government.

Benefits

Drew University is given a fixed amount annually to award to the students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA data. A typical FSEOG award is $1,000.