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General Guidelines for Campus-Funded Scholarships & Grants

In order to qualify for Campus undergraduate grants and loans student must adhere to certain guidelines. Below is a condensed summary of guidelines that you may find helpful. Additional information can be found in “A Guide to Academic Scholarships and Grants” located on the Brochures & Forms section of this Web site.

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed every year by every student seeking any form of scholarship or grant assistance from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. The FAFSA can be accessed on-line at
  • Most scholarships and/or grants from the Brooklyn Campus. are awarded at the time of a student’s admission. Recipients must meet the general admissions criteria of both the the Campus and the department of their major. When the SAT score is considered for an award, it is generally based on a combination of the Critical Reading and Mathematics scores only. Scholarship and grant applicants may not possess a previous baccalaureate degree, may not be in default of any federal student loans, and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to apply for TAP and/or Federal Pell Grants.
  • Applicants for admissions who are “home schooled,” will have their secondary credentials evaluated depending upon the certification given. If a four-year high school diploma is available, that average will be used to determine eligibility for scholarship assistance. If the high school average is based upon less than four years of study, then a diploma from a state education department is required. Further information is available upon request.
  • Students may be awarded only one of the following Campus-funded scholarships or grants at the time of their admission: the University Scholars Award, the Dean’s Scholarship, the 100% G.I.A. Award, the Presidential Scholarship, the Provost’s Excellence Award, the Academic Incentive Award, the Martin Luther King/Jose Marti Award, or the Tuition Incentive Award.
  • Undergraduate scholarships and grants are not applicable to the graduate portions of any combined bachelor’s/master’s or advanced degree programs including, but not limited to Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Accounting, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Executive Nursing and Health Care Management, Physical Therapy, Education and Pharm D. Since undergraduate scholarship funding ceases after a maximum of eight semesters, this will happen whether or not the student progresses to the graduate phase of the program. Baccalaureate candidates who do not complete degree requirements within the eight-term limit, may petition the Scholarship Committee for an extension.
  • Recipients of specific undergraduate scholarships, who are full-time students entering the graduate phase of these specific programs, and whose cumulative average is 3.5 or higher, may receive the Graduate Excellence Award. This award provides $2,000 per year toward tuition.
  • Campus-funded assistance does not cover fees, more than two credits of private music instruction per semester, payment to affiliate music instructors of a fee higher than the Campus’ prevailing rate, nor does it pay for courses required to be taken off-campus, in hospitals, or other locations. Campus-funded scholarships and grants may not be included in any consortium agreements between the Brooklyn Campus and other institutions. Scholarship assistance does not cover courses that are repeated or additional courses required because of a change of major.
  • Recipients of institutional awards must be full-time students who are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester, must maintain this full-time status, earn at least a 3.0 cumulative average, and must make progress toward their degree. Awards are granted for the standard academic year - fall and spring terms, unless otherwise noted in the award description which appears in the letter of admission. They do not cover summer enrollment. Unless specified in the award description, these scholarship and grant programs are only applicable to the undergraduate phase of any program.
  • Recipients of the University Scholars Award, the Dean’s Scholarship Award, or the Presidential Scholarship Award may not receive any combination of awards that exceeds 100% of the cost of tuition. This also applies to awards from external sources that are for tuition only and, when combined with these Brooklyn Campus. awards, exceed 100%. Awards from external sources will be applied to a student’s account before Campus-based assistance. If appropriate, these specific scholarships will be reduced so that no combination of awards exceeds the 100% cost of tuition.
  • Students who are the recipients of the University Scholars Awards and the Presidential Scholarship Award are also eligible for the Distinguished Scholars Award. Based upon a minimum registration of 16 credits (12 credits of which are in core curriculum courses until the student progresses academically beyond this requirement), this award provides up to an additional $500 for 16 credits, $1,000 for 17 credits and $1,500 for 18 or more credits per semester. To maintain this award, students may not withdraw from the 16th, 17th or 18th credits of registration.
  • Dean’s Awards are available to undergraduate students, including international students, who earned at least a 3.7 semester average while registered for 16 credits or more in a single term. When this occurs, the student is eligible for the Dean’s Award in the following term, as long as he/she is registered for a minimum of 16 credits. For example, if the student earns the requisite average in the fall semester, the Dean’s Award is given for the spring term. This award is not transferable to any other term, and is not available during any summer terms. It is only applicable to the undergraduate phase of any program. Award amounts include $1,000 for students enrolled in 16 or 17 credits, and $1,200 for 18 or more credits. Students must apply by visiting the Academic Dean in the school of their major who will in turn make a recommendation to the Office of Student Financial Services.
  • Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to students who have received four (4) consecutive monetary Dean’s Awards. Dean’s Scholarships are awarded in the sixth term and provide $10,000 a year for tuition. Students must apply by visiting the Academic Dean in the school of their major who will, in turn, make a recommendation to the Office of Student Financial Services.
  • Activity Scholars and Activity Service Awards are available to students majoring in specific programs or participating in campus activities. They are awarded for one year at a time. Majors include Art, Communication Studies, Dance, Journalism, Media Arts, Music, Physical Therapy, Sports Science and Urban Education. Campus Activities Program and Cheerleader Awards also are available. Activity Scholars/Activity Service Awards are not available to students receiving a University Scholars Award, a Dean’s Scholarship, a Presidential Scholarship or a 100% G.I.A. Award.
  • Continuing Student Scholars Awards are not available to students receiving the University Scholars Awards, the Dean’s Scholarship, or a 100% G.I.A. Award. Application for this award is made through the Honors Program.
  • Tuition Incentive Awards are available to full-time undergraduate students, and provide an award of $2,000 per year. This award is not available to an entering student who also receives any academic award at the time of admission.
  • Recipients of the Academic Incentive or Tuition Incentive Awards are eligible for the Scholars Award if their cumulative grade-point average is 3.0 or higher. Students must have earned at least 30 credits at Long Island University to be eligible to receive this award. The Scholars Award for recipients of the Tuition Incentive Award is $1,000 per year. For the Academic Incentive Award it is $2,000 per year. These awards are renewed if the student maintains the minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.
  • The Upper Classmen Recognition Award is given to students who have earned at least 60 credits from Long Island University and who have maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. This award provides $1,000 per year and is renewable while the student maintains the minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • The Global Studies Program scholarships and grants include Merit/Service Scholarships, Global Citizen Scholarships, Dean’s Scholarships, Founders Scholarships, Peace and Justice Scholarships, International Understanding Scholarships, and need-based grants. Awards for these programs are based on the grade-point average of the student, on contribution to the community, or on verifiable educational experiences abroad.
  • While summer scholarship assistance is not generally available, full-time students who are graduating at the end of the summer or at the end of the fall may apply for this assistance through the Office of Student Financial Services. Applications must be made in advance, during the spring term directly before the final summer and/or fall terms.
  • If a scholarship recipient is readmitted to the Campus and maintained the minimum cumulative average of his/her award, undergraduate scholarship assistance will be reinstated according to the guidelines existing in the current term for which the student is readmitted. Students must request reinstatement of scholarship assistance at the time of reapplication to the Campus. Similarly, if a student’s scholarship is canceled for academic standing reasons, and if eligibility is regained at a later time, the award will be reinstated according to current guidelines.
  • Campus-funded scholarships and grants will not be reinstated for students whose registration was canceled and who subsequently request reinstatement. Also no awards will be reinstated because of a student’s lack of timely receipt of FAFSA information (after the standard academic year has ended) and when TAP and Federal Pell Grants are no longer available. No undergraduate or graduate awards will be reinstated after the close of the academic year.
  • Graduate students are required to sign all contracts offering any Campus-funded assistantships, fellowships or scholarship (with or without a stipend) before awards will be made. They are required to complete the (FAFSA) before an award is given. Full matriculation status is required, and students must meet all minimum academic standards for their award which generally includes a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • The total number of Campus-funded scholarships, grants, assistantships, fellowships, etc., offered each year by the Campus is dependent upon the availability of funds. The Brooklyn Campus reserves the right to change its scholarship and grant policies accordingly.
  • All students are encouraged to use the Internet as a resource for finding other sources of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants) that may be available to assist with meeting college costs.