Most potential transfers realize quickly that merit aid is extremely limited for transfers compared to freshman applicants. Both the number of scholarships offered and the amount they are worth are significantly less. However, there are some available, so this thread is an attempt to provide a list of schools that offer merit aid to transfer students.
First I would like to provide a couple of comprehensive websites:
Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society for CC students offers merit scholarships at many 4-yr colleges, their website provides a FULL LIST on their website, so it is NOT NECESSARY to list individual schools that only provide PTK scholarships:
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
The following website may be of some help as for each school, it lists merit scholarships for various categories, including transfers. However, I haven't used it very much, so I'm not sure how helpful it is; the one school I checked had several "?", indicating that the website wasn't sure whether or not various scholarships were available to transfers.
MeritAid.com: Search Merit Scholarships, Academic Scholarships, Merit Awards - Merit Aid - Search
Before listing colleges with school-wide scholarships for transfers, I would like to say that many colleges offer departmental scholarships for continuing upper classmen who excell. This will take a lot of digging in college websites, and will be dependent on your performance after you transfer, but it is a potential financial resource at some schools.
The following are individual colleges that offer merit aid to transfers. When adding more schools, please try to post a link to the website and any pertinent information about the scholarships (eg. gpa limits, dollar amounts, only for in-state CC students, etc.). Hope this helps!
USC Financial Aid
Number of awards Varies
Application deadline February 2, 2010
Notification date By June 15, 2010
For entering transfer students only. Selection is based on grade-point average in transferable courses and rigor of courses. Last year’s recipients had an average GPA above 3.7 and had completed more than 30 transferable units at the time their applications were submitted.
Transfer Academic Scholarships | Enrollment Management | University of Miami
3.75 cumulative GPA
Phi Theta Kappa
(available in limited number to PTK members)
3.75 cumulative GPA
Current PTK member
3.75 cumulative GPA
Students who meet the minimum GPA criteria are not guaranteed a scholarship. Students are evaluated on their overall academic performance and are given priority consideration if all academic credentials are received by the March 1 priority application deadline. Transfer student grade point averages are calculated by the University of Miami Office of Admission.
University of Rochester : Money : Merit Awards
• Hillside-Rochester Scholarship
• Phi Theta Kappa
• Dean's Scholarship
• Meliora Alumni Scholarship
• Rush Rhees Scholarship
• Rochester Promise Scholarship
• Rochester Pledge Scholarship
• Genesee Scholarship
• Navy ROTC Scholarship
AU Transfer Merit Scholarships, Financial Aid, American University
• Fall Applicants: March 1
• Spring Applicants: November 1
Transfer applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher will be considered for a merit based scholarship and students with 45 credits or more will have priority consideration. Merit scholarships are awarded to the strongest applicants in the pool. Transfer scholarship amounts range from $6,000 to $15,000 per year and are renewable for 2 years only.
• AU Presidential Scholarship
• AU Deans' Scholarship
• AU Leadership Scholarship
• United Methodist Scholarship
Eligibility: Children of an active, ordained Methodist minister. Applicants must submit a letter identifying themselves as the children of a Methodist minister. Contact Christine Gettings, Kay Spiritual Life Center Operations Administrator at email@example.com
or at 202-885-3321.
• Athletic Scholarships
Eligibility: Outstanding transfer athletes. Contact Athletics at 202-885-3000.
• Tuition Exchange Scholarships
Eligibility: Students whose parents are employed by one of over 160 colleges participating in the Tuition Exchange Program. For information call 202-885-6000 and ask to speak with the Tuition Exchange liaison. Transfer students must submit their Tuition Exchange application by March 1.
• Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Eligibility: Transfer applicants who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Students must identify themselves as PTK members on the admissions application and provide a PTK advisor letter of recommendation. PTK membership alone does not guarantee a scholarship. Academic credentials must be competitive within the applicant pool.
Georgia Institute of Technology :: Financial Aid :: Scholarships
A transfer student's eligibility will be determined on an individual basis depending upon hours transferred.
University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid: OFA Scholarship Listing
A limited number of University scholarships are offered specifically to students transferring to the University of Michigan from community colleges in Michigan.
Leonard Howarth Scholarships
$4,000 per year
Awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students interested in majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, pre-engineering, or physics.
Walter Price Leadership/Community Service Scholarships
$3,000 per year
Awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students on the basis of leadership abilities and community service involvement.
A new full-time transfer who has at least 36 transferable credit hours after high school graduation will be considered for one of the following transfer awards.
Transfer Scholarships Amount Qualifications
Messina Scholarship $12,000 per academic year 3.75 – 4.0 cumulative transfer GPA.
Xavier Scholarship $10,000 per academic year 3.5 – 3.74 cumulative transfer GPA