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 prior to applying to Norwich, while other awards are based on interactions and activities with the University prior to 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. Unless otherwise designated in the award description, gift aid awarded by Norwich University may pay for tuition, fees, room and board, as well as other University expenses.
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.
During the admissions application process, if you receive a comprehensive aid package from Norwich and find you owe less to another 4-year residential program, Norwich University will review your award package to ensure you do not pay any more to attend Norwich than you would at the following types of institutions:
- 4-year accredited private college/universities
- Any 4-year residential “out of state price” state university
- Any Senior Military College
- Any in-state flagship university
Deadline for the Affordability Commitment review:
Students must apply for both admission and financial aid before December 15th for priority consideration. Applications after December 15th may be considered on a funds-available basis.
Both first-year and transfer students are eligible for the affordability commitment.
Norwich Scholarships and Awards
Norwich has several categories of scholarships and awards:
- Service and Leadership
Students can earn scholarships from multiple categories, but can only earn one scholarship or award from any given category. If a student earns more than one scholarship or award from a single category, they will receive the award for which they are most eligible (for example, a student cannot receive both a CAP Award and a JROTC 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 cost of billable charges. All scholarships and awards listed in these categories reduce the overall cost of your Norwich education. Norwich scholarships and awards are not transferrable to other institutions.
Students receiving tuition benefits provided by Norwich University or its partners are not eligible for additional scholarships.
Scholarship and other 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 scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis.
Academic scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis based on the recipient’s previous academic performance.
Academic scholarship are confirmed at the time of admission, and are based on the comprehensive costs of living on campus for the year identified. Changes in pricing based on adjusted fees, room and board, or changes in modality of learning (on campus to online) may change the value of or disqualify scholarships.
Deadline: Student’s applying in the Fall are given priority.
Eligibility: Eligibility for these scholarships is based on cumulative grade point average as calculated during the Admission process. For students applying directly from high school, the scholarships will be calculated based on their high school grade-point average (GPA). Scholarships 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.
2020-2021 Award Levels
Up to $28,000.00 per year for four years. 3.60 or greater*
Up to $26,000.00 per year for four years. 3.40-3.599*
Up to $25,000.00 per year for four years.3.0-3.399*
Up to $24,000.00 per year for four years. 2.550-2.999*
Academic Recognition Scholarship
Up to $22,000.00 per year for four years. Awarded for academic potential by recommendation of the Admissions Office.
* New student academic scholarships are based on a recalculated weighted high school GPA; this calculation takes into account both core and non-core academic courses. Transfer student academic scholarships are based on college GPA.
Service/Leadership Scholarships and Awards
High School Service Award
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
This scholarship 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 Scholarship, 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) Scholarship is valued at $5,000 each year for a total of $20,000 over four years of study.
JROTC Leadership Award
Each JROTC 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
Students who attend a Norwich University Future Leaders Camp (FLC) as high school sophomores or juniors may be eligible for a $2,000 Future Leaders Camp Scholarship is valued at $2,000 each year for a total of $8,000 over four years of study.
NROTC Preparatory Scholarship
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 Navy if they complete program requirements during the first year.
Students who visit the Northfield, Vermont campus on an official Admissions visit prior to December 15th of the year prior to enrolling 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
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, prior to December 15th of the year prior to enrolling. This scholarship is valued at $500 per year for a total of $2,000 over four years of study.
Take the Lead
Students who submit a completed application for admission and application for financial aid (either FAFSA or CSS Profile) by the priority deadline (typically December 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 who attend an Admission’s informational webinar found here between September 1 and December 15th of the year prior to enrolling are eligible for a Webinar Award. This award is valued at $250 per webinar attended, up to a maximum of $1000 (for four webinars) per year, for a total of $4,000 over four years of study.
Additional Financial Aid Opportunities
The FAFSA is 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.
Federal Work Study
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 bi-weekly paycheck as awards are earned.
S-STEM | Norwich University Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NU S-STEM) funded by the National Science Foundation
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
VA Education benefits are either earned by the student or transferred to the student. To start the process to transfer benefits, the service member who earned the benefits must apply to the VA to transfer the benefits to their eligible dependent. This can be done through eBenefits. Students utilizing Veterans Benefits (Post 9/11, Voc Rehab, etc.) are awarded financial aid under the packaging policy for which they are most eligible.
Norwich University is a participating member of the Department of Defense 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 for which they are most eligible. Receipt of aid from outside sources or government agencies take priority over Norwich University academic awards and grants.
To learn more about education benefit programs for veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit the US Veteran's Administration website, www.va.gov
For more information about Veterans Affairs at Norwich please visit www.norwich.edu/va
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 (AROTC and NROTC scholarships generally cover full tuition and fees. AFROTC has varying scholarship amounts). In recognition of ROTC participation, and during periods of enrollment in which ROTC funding covers full tuition and fees, the Norwich University ID White Scholarship is provided to pay for 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 not chosen straight out of high school, don't stop 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 according to state and federal guidelines.
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. Please click here for more detailed information regarding scholarships available for online Degree Completion and Graduate Studies.