Ithaca College participates in a wide variety of aid programs designed to meet the needs of most students. These include Federal, state (such as New York, Vermont, Delaware, and Rhode Island), and our own institutional aid programs. All applicants and continuing students are eligible to apply for aid programs that are available as scholarships, grants, loans, and work. Tax incentives may also apply for some families.
Types of Aid
Ithaca Scholarships for New Students
Ithaca College Scholarship
This scholarship is given to select entering undergraduate students of exceptional academic ability and/or talent, 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 automatically are considered for these scholarships with the submission of CSS Profile; no special application is necessary.
Ithaca College Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the date attendance began. All the awards may be renewed annually for the duration of the student's undergraduate study as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress toward a degree. A review of each student's academic performance is conducted by the Office of Student Financial Services before approval for renewal.
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
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.
Ithaca Leadership Scholar Program Award
Recipients must possess a demonstrated record of leadership and above-average academic performance. A separate application is required. The award is $7,000 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. Apply online after you have applied to Ithaca College using the Common Application.
Ithaca Premier Talent Scholarship
These awards are 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. Good academic standing and full-time enrollment are required.
Martin Luther King
First-year undergraduate students who are academically talented, have 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. The minimum award for students entering in 2019 is $25,000. Amounts exceeding the minimum award are 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. Apply online after you have applied to Ithaca College using the Common Application.
Scholar Program Award
These awards, made possible by the generosity of the Park Foundation, are intended to recognize and reward outstanding students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who, regardless of financial need, demonstrate significant academic and creative achievement in communications, involvement in relevant cocurricular activities, and community service on and beyond campus. Scholars receive this award throughout their Ithaca College career by maintaining a predetermined standard of performance. Apply online after you have applied to Ithaca College using the Common Application.