Financial Aid

Types of Aid

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.

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Ithaca Merit-Based Scholarships for New StudentsIthaca Merit-Based Scholarships for New Students
These scholarships include named, endowed, and school-specific scholarships with varying academic criteria. Some require special applications.

ALANA, President's, and School-based Scholarships
These scholarships are 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 are automatically considered for President's, school-based, and ALANA Scholarships; no special application is necessary. ALANA Scholarship recipients must be members of an underrepresented group.

ALANA, President's, and school-based scholarship amounts vary depending upon the date attendance began. For the 2018-2019 academic year President's Scholarships are $20,000. ALANA scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000. All these merit awards 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 Office of Student Financial Services before approval for

Flora Brown Award
The Flora Brown Award provides up to $13,000 for selected students entering as new matriculants.  The award is good for up to eight semesters of full-time enrollment (nine if in a 4.5 year program of study) and will be renewed automatically as long as recipients continue to make satisfactory progress toward a degree and the GPA requirement, if applicable. 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.

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.

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. An online application form is available at Click on the Scholarships tab to apply.

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 Scholar Program
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 2018 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. An online application form is available at Click on the Scholarships tab to apply.

Park 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.