At Norwich University, we strive to recognize the abilities and accomplishments of our students through a variety of scholarships and awards. A number of awards are based on academic performance or service before applying to Norwich; other awards are based on interactions and activities with the university before arriving here as a new student. Review the following aid descriptions to understand which scholarships or awards you may qualify for, as well as eligibility requirements. Norwich financial aid will be reduced if combinations of grants and scholarships from all sources exceed the billed charges.
Unless otherwise designated in the award description, gift aid awarded by Norwich University may pay for tuition, fees, room and board and other university expenses. Norwich University scholarships and grants are not tuition-specific but are intended to pay for billed charges and not external costs to the university. Norwich financial aid will be reduced if combinations of grants and scholarships from all sources exceed the billed charges and may be adjusted when tuition based external awards are given. Tuition based external awards and scholarships are taken into consideration first in awarding policies.
We understand that affordability is a key consideration for many as they consider their college choices. We encourage you to review all of our scholarships and awards so you can understand how affordable a Norwich education can be. Norwich University awards combinations of financial aid from multiple sources under structured awarding policies. A student is awarded under the university awarding policy that will provide them with the most funding in combination.
Norwich Undergraduate Awards
Norwich has several categories of awards:
- Service and Leadership
Students can earn awards from multiple categories, but can only earn one award from any given category. If a student earns more than one award from a single category, they will receive the award for which they are most eligible (for example, a student cannot receive both a Civil Air Patrol Award and a Junior ROTC Leadership Award. If a student is eligible for both, they would receive CAP, as it has a higher value). Norwich financial aid is awarded to meet a percentage of the cost of billable charges depending on calculated financial need. All awards listed in these categories reduce your Norwich education’s overall cost. Norwich awards are not transferrable to other institutions.
Students receiving tuition benefits provided by Norwich University or its partners are not eligible for additional awards from Norwich sources.
Institutional aid is subject to modification due to verification, change in billable charges, change in Expected Family Contribution (EFC), availability of federal, state, and institutional funds, changes in tuition and room and board charged by the university, satisfactory academic progress, registration status, change in lifestyle or major, eligibility for tuition remission/exchange or receipt of aid from outside sources or government agencies. Students approved to live off campus are not charged room and board; financial aid, including scholarship awards, is adjusted according to the new billed charges.
These awards are reviewed on an annual basis.
Academic awards have ranged values depending on the awarding policy a student is eligible for and are initially determined based on the recipient’s previous academic performance.
Academic awards are identified at the time of admission and are based on the comprehensive costs of living on campus for the year identified. Pricing changes based on adjusted fees, room and board, or changes in modality of learning (on campus to online) may change the value of or disqualify awards.
Deadline: Students applying in the Fall receive priority.
Eligibility: Eligibility for these awards is based on cumulative grade-point average as calculated during the admissions process. For students applying directly from high school, the awards will be calculated based on their high school grade-point average (GPA). Awards for college students who transfer for the spring semester of their first year of college will also be calculated based on their high school grade-point average. College students who transfer after the spring semester of their first year will have scholarships calculated based on their college grade-point average.
Students who do not receive outside scholarships are typically eligible for the maximum value of the academic award below. All institutional awards are subject to modification depending on the combination of awards that a student is eligible for.
Award Levels for Summer 2022 and Later
Up to $30,000 per year for four years. 3.60 or greater*
Up to $27,000 per year for four years. 3.40-3.599*
Up to $26,000 per year for four years.3.0-3.399*
Up to $24,000 per year for four years. 2.550-2.999*
Academic Recognition Award
Up to $22,000 per year for four years. Awarded for academic potential by recommendation of the Admissions Office.
* New-student academic awards are based on a recalculated weighted high school GPA; this calculation factors in both core and noncore academic courses. Transfer-student academic awards are based on college GPA. Not all students will receive the maximum value of the academic award if outside scholarships and awards are received.
Legacy Award (up to $20,000)
Beginning with the Fall 2023 term any child, grandchild, spouse, parent, niece/nephew, or cousin of a Norwich graduate may receive the Legacy Award, valued at $5,000 each year for a total of $20,000 over four years of study. Applicants must select their Legacy status on their application prior to November 1 to qualify.
Friends & Neighbors Award (up to $16,000)
Beginning with the Fall 2023 term, students who attended Norwich University as part of the Early College Program, or who will graduate from a local high school within 30 miles from campus, will be eligible for the Friends & Neighbors Award. Norwich Friends & Neighbors will receive $4,000 a year for a total of $16,000 over four years of study. Applicants must complete their application for admission prior to November 1 to qualify.
High School Service Award (up to $20,000)
Any high school may nominate up to three students who have demonstrated an exceptional record of service to their school or community for the Norwich High School Service Award, valued at $5,000 each year for a total of $20,000 over four years of study.
Civil Air Patrol Scholarship (up to $20,000)
This award is available to all qualified Civil Air Patrol cadets who have served for one or more years in a position of leadership as a member of the Civil Air Patrol. To be eligible for the National CAP Award, cadets must submit a Letter of Recommendation from their wing and/or unit commander with their admission application to Norwich and choose to be a member of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. The National Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Award is valued at $5,000 each year for a total of $20,000 over four years of study.
JROTC Leadership Award (up to $16,000)
Each Junior ROTC unit may nominate up to three students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in their JROTC unit and show leadership potential for the JROTC Leadership Award. This award has three levels, valued at $4,000 per year, for a total of $16,000 over a four year course of study; $3,000 per year, for a total of $12,000 over a four-year course of study; and $2,000 per year, for a total of $8,000 over a four-year course of study.
Future Leader Camp (up to $8,000)
Students who attend a Norwich University Future Leaders Camp (FLC) as high school sophomores or juniors may be eligible for a $2,000 Future Leader Camp award valued at $2,000 each year for a total of $8,000 over four years of study.
Naval ROTC Preparatory Scholarship (up to full tuition and fees)
The NROTC Preparatory Scholarship is awarded to up to five potential midshipmen. Interested students must apply for this scholarship. This is a five-year program, with Norwich covering the first year of tuition and fees through a combination of Norwich gift aid. These students will have a four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship reserved for them by the U.S. Navy if they complete program requirements during the first year.
Architecture Design Competition (up to $8,000)
High school students who submit a complete entry in the Norwich Architecture and Design Competition before midnight on Nov. 7, 2021, are eligible for an award. Norwich Architecture Department members will judge the entries. First prize will receive an award valued at $2,000 per year, for a total award value of $8,000 over four years of study. Second prize will eligible for an award valued at $1,000 per year, for a total of $4,000 over four years of study. All other students who submit a complete entry by the deadline will be eligible for an award valued at $500 per year, for a total value of $2,000 over four years of study. For group entries, all team members are eligible for the full award amount.
Visit Award (up to $4,000)
Students who visit the Northfield, Vermont campus on an official Admissions visit during or after the Spring semester of their Junior year in High School are eligible for a $1,000 Visit Award. This $1,000 award is available each year for a total of $4,000 over four years of study.
Virtual Visit Award (up to $2,000)
This award is available to students who attend either an official Admissions visit virtually or attend one-hour or more of Virtual Open House live sessions, during or after the Spring semester of their Junior year in High School. This award is valued at $500 per year for a total of $2,000 over four years of study.
Take the Lead (up to $8,000)
Students who submit a completed application for admission starting in the Fall and apply for financial aid (either https://studentaid.gov/ or CSS Profile) by the priority deadline (typically Dec. 15 of the application year), are eligible for Take the Lead, valued at $2,000 each year for a total of $8,000 over four years of study. Students applying for a Spring term start are not eligible for this award.
Webinar Awards (up to $4,000)
Students who attend a live Admission’s informational webinar found here during or after the Spring semester of their junior year in high school are eligible for a Webinar Award. This award is valued at $250 per webinar attended, up to a maximum of $1,000 (for four webinars) per year, for a total of $4,000 over four years of study.
Esports (up to $12,000)
Additional Financial Aid Opportunities
The Free Application for Federal Student Aidis used to determine eligibility for need-based grants from Norwich University for domestic students and estimates grant amounts from student’s state of origin if applicable. Student must show demonstrated need as defined by Federal Student Aid.
International students enrolling in programs offered at the Northfield, Vermont, campus only, may also apply for need-based grant funding from Norwich University by completing the International CSS Profile.
PLEASE NOTE: Norwich University Grants and Awards are funded in part by generous gifts from Norwich University alumni, family and friends. Donor and student recipients are matched based upon shared history, values, abilities and merits. Once your donor has been identified, your Norwich University Grant will be replaced with the endowed fund named in honor of the individual(s) who has committed to investing in your success here at Norwich. We hold in highest esteem those who have come before us, and in appreciation of their gift, recipients of endowed funds will be required to compose a letter of thanks and create a profile that highlights your experiences on campus. You will also be expected to attend an award luncheon where you may network with fellow recipients and donors.
Federal work-study is a need-based form of financial aid that encourages part-time employment. Students work on campus and receive funds in the form of a biweekly paycheck as awards are earned.
Norwich Civic Scholars Program (up to $12,000)
Each spring, Norwich University identifies candidates for our Civic Scholars Program based on materials submitted with their Norwich Application: students who demonstrate a history of commitment to serving others and have a high GPA in high school will be offered the opportunity to apply by e-mail. Candidates selected for the program will receive a $3000 award to be applied towards Norwich’s comprehensive costs. This award may be renewed each year if the student meets requirements set forth by the Civic Scholars Program. If you would like to be considered for this program, notify your admissions counselor after acceptance.
Summer Research Fellowships (up to $4,800 per period)
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to support creative or scholarly projects. Enrolled students may apply for these faculty-mentored fellowships at either a six-week ($3,000) or 10-week ($4,800) commitment level. More information is available here.
Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Norwich employs undergraduate research fellows in many of our Academic Centers, to include the Center for Global Resilience and Security, the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center, the Writing Center, and the Norwich Humanities Initiative. Undergraduate Fellows earn an hourly wage while participating in high-impact educational opportunities with agencies such as NASA, the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Department and the Vermont Biomedical Research Network. For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Research.
Norwich University provides undergraduates with high-impact learning experiences and gives faculty support for specific research projects and curriculum development initiatives through the apprentice program. The goals of apprenticeships are to introduce students to professional life while developing their communication, analytical, writing and/or research skills. Apprentice Grants are awarded for a single semester, an academic year, or summer. Amounts vary based on the apprenticeship. Enrolled students can contact the Office of Academic Research for additional information.
S-STEM | Norwich University Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NU S-STEM) funded by the National Science Foundation (up to $10,000 per year)
Norwich University is proud to partner with the National Science Foundation to offer new students who major in one of six STEM fields (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, math or physics) the opportunity to compete for a National Science Foundation-funded scholarship. Scholarships are valued up to $4,000 for a first-year student, can increase in value during each successive year a student remains eligible, up to a maximum value of $10,000 per year.
Veteran Education Benefits and Yellow Ribbon
Programs for Veterans and Military Service Members
Veterans Affairs education benefits are either earned by the student or transferred to the student. To start transferring benefits, the service member who earned them must apply to the Veterans Affairs Department. This can be done through eBenefits. Students using Veterans Benefits (Post-9/11, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.) are awarded financial aid under the packaging policy for which they are most eligible for the most combined funding.
Norwich University is a participating member of the Defense Department’s Yellow Ribbon Program which helps ensure veteran benefit eligible students receive full consideration for funding. Only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements are entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100% based on length of active-duty service or service-connected disability since 9/11) may receive this funding. The Yellow Ribbon match at Norwich may be applied to any program offered on the Northfield, Vermont campus as well as those online through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Norwich University does not cap the number of participants who may receive the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.
Students who notify Norwich of eligibility for veterans benefit funding after being notified of their initial academic scholarship and grant eligibility, will be reevaluated according to the packaging policy that in combination with other sources of financial aid provides them with the most total funding. Please refer to the general Norwich University awarding polices and the specific policies for each award provided by Norwich University. As an example, Norwich University Academic Awards may be adjusted to a level below the maximum according to the academic award policy. In all cases, combinations of aid from all sources are constrained to billable costs (tuition, fees, room and board).
To learn more about education benefit programs for veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department website, www.va.gov
For more information about Veterans Affairs at Norwich, visit www.norwich.edu/va
Using the Military Benefits You've Earned
The U.S. Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program can assist with the cost of tuition for Norwich University’s online programs to eligible active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel. The amount may not exceed $250/credit hour. You may even be able to combine TA money with funds from the GI Bill® to help offset the difference.
Norwich University directs Service members to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service and receive approval prior to enrollment at Norwich. Service members who are interested in using Tuition Assistance (TA) need to proceed to the appropriate website below after consulting with their Education Services Officer/Counselor and having their TA account created:
Tuition Assistance point of contact at Norwich University
Did you know?
ROTC: can cover part or all of tuition and fees
Norwich: has an award that covers room and board
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs exist at hundreds of colleges and universities. However, Norwich University has been recognized as the birthplace of the program.
Some students seek ROTC Scholarships before they attend college, which helps cover all or part of tuition and fees (Army ROTC and Naval ROTC scholarships generally cover full tuition and fees. AFROTC has varying scholarship amounts). In recognition of ROTC participation, and during enrollment periods in which ROTC funding covers full tuition and fees, Norwich University provides additional aid to cover on-campus room and board charges.
How to Start:
Students are tasked with asking questions, gathering information and getting their name out there. Start by exploring information on the individual service branch websites. Each branch has a unique ROTC Scholarship application process. It is helpful to start the application process your junior year of high school. If you’re not chosen straight out of high school, we encourage you to keep trying. There are plenty of chances to compete for scholarships and commissioning opportunities once college has started.
ROTC Scholarships and the Financial Aid Process:
Full Tuition Awards Received from Outside Sources
Students receiving outside scholarships that provide funding for full tuition or full tuition and fees, are awarded a grant in the amount of room and board charges from Norwich University when residing on campus. Federal and State aid will be awarded according to regulations if the student completes a FAFSA and/or state applications. Examples of full tuition scholarships include, NSF Service Awards and SMART Scholarships.
Students who become eligible for tuition remission or tuition benefits provided by Norwich University or its partners after being notified of their initial academic scholarship and grant eligibility, will be reevaluated according to the packaging policy for which they are most eligible. All other aid is awarded based on state and federal guidelines.
Norwich Scholarships and Awards for Residential Master’s Candidates
During the Admissions process, Norwich University will evaluate each master’s candidate for Norwich scholarships*. In addition, residential students will be evaluated for need-based aid to help offset the cost of on-campus housing and fees. Each candidate will be provided a financial aid letter following this evaluation that details any scholarship and/or need-based funding offered by the university.
Candidates may submit competing award offers in accordance with Norwich University’s Affordability Commitment.
*On-campus graduate-level scholarships are not additive. If two or more NU-based scholarships are awarded to a student, only the highest award amount will be applied to the student’s record.
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship for any of Norwich's on-campus graduate programs. The scholarship is awarded for each semester of enrollment at $850 per semester.
Active-Duty Military Scholarship
Active-duty, guard and reserve personnel, to include honorably discharged and retired veterans, are eligible for the Military Scholarship for any of Norwich's on-campus master’s degree programs. The Military Scholarship is not transferrable to dependents. The scholarship is awarded for each semester of enrollment at $500 per semester.
The Federal Direct Loan Program offers Unsubsidized Loans to graduate students. Unsubsidized Loans accrue interest immediately after they are disbursed; however, repayment typically begins six months after the student's last class. You can apply for Federal Loans by completing the FAFSA. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website.
Distance Education Aid Opportunities
Online Students at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Students obtaining degrees in our online degree programs are considered for a variety of scholarship awards based on their admission application through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Click here for more detailed information regarding scholarships available for online degree completion and graduate studies.