Scholarships and Grants Summary


For entering full-time freshmen, FDU offers a wide range of scholarships that recognize and reward outstanding performance in high school — as well as exceptional leadership and service in your school and community.

Presidential Scholarships


  • Academic scholarships awarded to qualified, first-time freshmen.
  • Required Criteria: 1350 SAT or above (Math plus Evidenced-based Reading and Writing) (ACT 29)*
  • 3.5 GPA and above.*
  • Recipients must enroll as first-time, full-time residential students.
  • School Counselor recommendation is optional but encouraged
  • Essay of 400 to 500 words on a topic of the applicant's choosing.
  • Renewable up to four years.
  • Students can apply at

*consideration begins at these academic levels

Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarships

$18,000 to $30,000 per year

  • Academic scholarships awarded to qualified, first-time freshmen.
  • Renewable up to four years.

Deans' Scholarships

$10,000 to $17,500 per year

  • Academic scholarships awarded to qualified, first-time freshmen.
  • Renewable up to four years.

Provosts' Scholarships

$5,000 to $9,500 per year

  • Recognizes academic achievement of qualified, first-time freshmen with a proven record of outstanding leadership and/or community service.
  • Recommended Criteria: Awarded based on academic record, leadership abilities and extracurricular activities.
  • Renewable up to four years.



FDU provides a variety of need-based funding and special grants in addition to its generous scholarships.

Note: These grants can be combined with scholarships.

FDU Need-Based Grants*

Up to $25,000

  • Provides funding based on need to full-time students.
  • Criteria: Determined through the filing of the FAFSA.
  • Renewal of the grant is subject to satisfactory academic progress, full-time enrollment and continued financial need.

Children of Alumni Grant

$1,500 per year

  • Provides a grant of $1,500 to undergraduate sons and daughters of Fairleigh Dickinson University alumni.
  • Awarded annually based on continued full-time enrollment.

FDU Family Grant

$1,500 per year

  • Families with two or more dependent children attending as full-time undergraduate students receive a $1,500 grant for each student enrolled at FDU simultaneously.
  • Maximum of $1,500 awarded per person annually. Does not apply to students enrolled in Wroxton College and summer sessions, inter-sessions, mini-sessions or other special sessions.

Alumni/Faculty/Trustee Endorsement Grant


  • Provides a one-time $1,000 grant to new, full-time students carrying at least 12 credits per semester during their first year of attendance.
  • Requires that an Alumni/Faculty/Trustee recommendation form be submitted.

Athletic Scholarships

Award Amount Varies

  • Recognizes superior athletic ability of students participating in NCAA Division I sports at the Metropolitan Campus.
  • All recipients are subject to Division I rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For information, call 201-692-2208.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

$19,000 per year

  • Recognizes transfer students with an associates degree, and members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK).
  • Proof of PTK membership must be attached to application for admission.
  • Candidates must have earned an associate degree.
  • Renewable annually (maximum two years).

Transfer Scholarships

$5,000 to $14,000 per year

  • Open to transfer students who have completed at least 24 college credits.
  • Recommended application deadlines: May 1 for fall entry; December 1 for spring entry.
  • Renewable for a maximum of three years.


*Note: Need-based programs require financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New and returning students should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. The FAFSA must be filed annually for renewal.

College is the most important investment you’ll ever make. At Fairleigh Dickinson, we work closely with you and your family to make our quality private education an affordable investment.

Number of freshman receiving some form of scholarship and financial aid.

Apply for admission by January 15 to be automatically considered for our best range of scholarship opportunities. No separate scholarship application is needed.

The average financial aid package at FDU, including scholarhips, grants and student loans.


We urge incoming students and their families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than February 15 for maximum consideration for need-based grants.

Be sure to include FDU’s appropriate campus code when filing the FAFSA:

Florham Campus 004738

Metropolitan Campus 002607

You can file the FAFSA online at


For any questions you might have about our scholarship and financial aid programs at FDU, please contact us at:

Office of University Admissions
Phone: 800-338-8803

We also offer annual workshops on financial aid for families. Check Upcoming Admissions Events for details on upcoming programs.