Student Aid

Ithaca College Programs

All recipients of need-based financial aid must demonstrate eligibility as determined by institutional policy. For the purpose of Ithaca College need-based programs, the calculation of financial need will not include parents attending college or other family members attending graduate school. In awarding institutional need-based grants or scholarships, Ithaca College uses the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) definition to determine whether a student has independent status. Applicants who have received a prior undergraduate degree will not be considered for institutional need-based financial aid.

Further information about application procedures as well as greater detail on aid sources is found in the on the Office of Financial Aid website under “Aid Programs and Scholarships.”
Aid Programs and Scholarships

Dana Internship Program

The Dana program provides educationally relevant work opportunities for highly qualified students with financial need. The Dana student work experience takes place during the academic year and/or over the summer. Students may work during the academic year with faculty on special projects or in the local community at nonprofit organizations. A summer program may also include corporate settings outside the area. Applicants may be current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who demonstrate financial need. Application must be made annually through the financial aid office.

Awards range from $3,345 during the academic year to as much as $5,000 for full-time summer internships. A portion of the award is paid directly to the student over the course of the summer or academic year, with the remainder applied to the student's College account. Created through a grant from the Charles A. Dana Foundation, this program is intended to help students discover new academic directions while reducing their loan burden.

President's, ALANA, and Select Named Scholarships

These scholarships are given to select entering undergraduate students of exceptional academic ability, regardless of their financial need. The awards are in recognition of superior academic achievement with the expectation of continuing pursuit of academic excellence. All incoming students are automatically considered for President's, Rod Serling, Carl Sgrecci, Lawrence C. Hill and Adrian M. Newens, Shirley Hockett, John B. Harcourt, Willard T. Daetsch, Patrick Conway, and ALANA Scholarships; no special application is necessary. ALANA Scholarship recipients must be members of an underrepresented group.

Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the date attendance began. President's Scholarships range from $7,000 to $16,000. Dean's and select named scholarships range from $3,000 to $9,000. ALANA Scholarships range from $2,000 to $9,000. Entering students who are Phi Theta Kappa members and possess a cumulative college GPA of 3.50 or greater will minimally qualify for a dean's or select named scholarship at the time attendance began.

All scholarships in this group may be renewed annually for the duration of the student's undergraduate study, as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and satisfactory progress toward a degree. A review of each student's academic performance is conducted by the financial aid office before approval for renewal.

Note: Dean's Scholarships are unavailable to new students after spring 2007.

Ithaca College Merit Scholarship

Ithaca College is a sponsor in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program, which provides scholarships of up to $2,000 to students who list Ithaca College as their first-choice institution to NMSC in accordance with NMSC guidelines. These awards are renewable on an annual basis for up to eight semesters. Full-time enrollment and good academic standing are required.

Ithaca College National Merit Recognition Award

Students who list Ithaca College as their first choice to NMSC in accordance with NMSC guidelines but do not meet NMSC criteria for the Ithaca College Merit Scholarship, or receive less than the maximum award, are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in an Ithaca College National Merit Recognition Award. These awards are renewable on an annual basis. Full-time enrollment and good academic standing are required.

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Scholar Award

First-year undergraduate students who have a high school ranking in the top 10 percent, highly competitive SAT scores, and community service involvement and who embody the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. may be considered for an MLK award. A separate application is required; it is available from the admission office.

Award amounts are $13,000 or $18,000, depending on the date enrollment began. MLK Scholars may also be eligible for MLK Grants based upon financial need. The combination of the MLK Scholar Award and the MLK need-based award cannot exceed tuition. Full-time enrollment is required.

Select Named Awards

All of the following awards are undergraduate programs only and require full-time enrollment. With the exception of the Flora Brown Award, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the end of each spring term is required for renewal in the following year.

Flora Brown Award
The Flora Brown Award provides a $5,000 grant depending on date enrollment began for selected students and has no grade point average requirement. The award is good for up to nine semesters of full-time enrollment and will be renewed automatically as long as recipients continue to make satisfactory progress toward a degree. Flora Brown was the first student to register for the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, signing up on September 19, 1892. She also was the first graduate to give money to Ithaca, contributing the first dollar toward the $500,000 needed for an endowment.

Carl Sgrecci Scholarship in Business
An accounting major and Ithaca alumnus, Carl Sgrecci taught business administration at the College in the early 1970s, earning the Faculty Excellence Award. As vice president for finance and administration, he is responsible for managing the College's endowment, investments, and operating and capital budgets.

Rod Serling Scholarship in Communications
One of the most prolific and inspired writers in television history, Rod Serling was the creator of The Twilight Zone, as well as an Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter for Playhouse 90 and other live programs during television's "golden age." In the early 1970s Serling taught communications courses at Ithaca. Today the College's Rod Serling Archives house the largest single collection of his television scripts and screenplays.

Laurence S. Hill and Adrian M. Newens Scholarship in the Health Professions
Laurence Hill and Adrian Newens were instrumental in developing the two divisions that would eventually merge to become the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Hill served as head of the College's physical education division from 1929 until 1957; one of the HSHP facilities is named after him. Newens directed the speech and drama division from 1931 until 1943. That department was a forerunner of Ithaca's programs in the health professions.

Shirley Hockett Scholarship for the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences
A professor emerita of mathematics, Shirley Hockett began teaching at Ithaca College in 1966 and retired in 1991. During her long career she won several teaching awards and wrote six mathematics textbooks, including a very popular manual on preparing for the advanced placement exam in calculus.

John B. Harcourt Scholarship for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A dedicated and dynamic teacher who specialized in Shakespeare and Dante, John B. Harcourt was an English professor for 32 years; he retired in 1985. He was also the author of The Ithaca College Story, a comprehensive history from Ithaca's founding as a music conservatory through the mid-1970s.

Willard T. Daetsch Scholarship for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
A German professor at Ithaca from 1965 to 1995, Willard Daetsch was also the founding director of the Center for Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies, which contributed to the early development of the London Center and such innovative academic programs as women's studies, social work, and planned studies. In addition, he founded Ithaca College's technology interest group and served for a term on the Gerontology Institute advisory board.

Patrick Conway Scholarship for Music
A celebrated cornet soloist, Patrick Conway first gave brass instrument lessons at the newly founded Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1895. After he and his band secured tremendous success through national tours, recordings, and radio shows, he returned to Ithaca in 1922 as head of the Patrick Conway Military Band School. Affiliated with the Ithaca conservatory, the school was dedicated to training band musicians and conductors, including such notables as Les Brown, George S. Howard, and Walter Beeler.

Ithaca Leadership Scholarship

Recipients must possess a demonstrated record of leadership and above-average academic performance. A separate application is required and is available from the Office of Admission. The award is $6,000 or $7,000, depending on when enrollment began, and is renewable contingent upon continued demonstration of leadership and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of each spring semester. Full-time enrollment is required.

Ithaca Premier Talent Scholarship

This award is for selected new students who are majoring in music and theater -- programs where artistic, technological, managerial, or theatrical talent is a criterion for acceptance into the major. The maximum award is $16,000, depending on when enrollment began, and is renewable annually. Good academic standing and full-time enrollment are required.

Ithaca Sibling Grant

This non-need-based grant is awarded to students who have a concurrently enrolled brother or sister at Ithaca College. The award amount is $1,000 per year. Full-time enrollment is required.

Ithaca Heritage Grant

This award is provided to children of Ithaca College alumni. Proof of alumni relationship must be provided to the Office of Financial Aid upon request. The award amount is $1,000 per year. Full-time enrollment is required.

Ithaca Access Grant

This is a need-based grant. Full-time enrollment is required, and students must reapply for the grant each year.

Date Enrollment Began:

Maximum Award:

Fall 2000-spring 2002


Fall 2002-spring 2004


Fall 2004-spring 2008


Fall 2008 and thereafter $11,000
Ithaca Opportunity Grant (IOG)

This program is offered to select students who are academically prepared, meet College admission standards, have considerable financial need, and are of African American, Asian/Pacific Island, Hispanic, or Native American origin. Students receiving IOG funds will also be considered for state, federal, and other funds. These awards are need-based and provide assistance up to the full cost of tuition.

W. G. Egbert Founder's Grant

This program provides limited amounts of grant assistance to select students on the basis of high financial need as determined by the College. Full-time enrollment is required and students must reapply each year.

Ithaca-New York State HEOP Grant

The Ithaca College-New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides need-based grants to students who have been accepted to the College under New York State HEOP program guidelines. Students' academic records and family income levels must fit criteria set by New York State.

Ithaca Employment Opportunities

Eligible students may be employed under one or both of the following programs: federal work-study (FWS) or campus employment. Potential job opportunities may be found on the financial aid website. All incoming students are required to work one semester in the dining services. Campus employment is a College-funded program designed to offer employment opportunities to students, but it is not based on financial need.
Office of Financial Aid

For additional information on FWS, see the financial aid website.
Federal Work Study

The amounts awarded through FWS and/or campus employment generally range from $2,400 to $3,100. Award offers are not a guarantee of employment. It is the student's responsibility to seek and accept employment and to work sufficient hours to earn the work award offered. Payment is made biweekly, usually via direct deposit.

The potential earnings from a work award will not be credited to a student's account or considered as an anticipated payment at the Office of the Bursar, since there is no guarantee that the money will be earned. Money earned through work-study employment may be used at the student's discretion.