Binghamton University Donor-Funded Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships

Binghamton University offers its own institutionally-based scholarships, fellowships and awards through the auspices of the Binghamton University Foundation. The Foundation assists over 1,900 students with support totaling nearly $2.5 million annually. Funds have been made available for these programs through the generosity of donors who wish to support the educational aspirations of Binghamton University students.

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The Binghamton University Foundation, in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records, administers over 350 scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students based on criteria established by the donor and contained in the scholarship gift agreement. Selection criteria might include matriculation status, school and department affiliation, financial need, academic achievement, community service, county residency, grade level and expected graduation date. Interested applicants should refer to the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records website ( for a listing of available scholarships.

All need-based scholarships require the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is processed by an external agency in contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Information regarding financial aid eligibility of FAFSA filers is received by the Office of Financial Aid Services shortly after the FAFSA has been processed by the federal contractor. The University recommended filing date for financial aid is February 1. Early filing of the FAFSA is advised for scholarship consideration.

Scholarship recipients are notified by the Binghamton University Foundation and funding is applied directly to the recipient's financial aid package.

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The Binghamton University Foundation awards program administers more than 140 achievement-based awards. Consideration for these awards is given to students who have been nominated by faculty, staff or fellow students. Award recipients are selected by representatives of the various academic departments or organizations that sponsor the award to recognize excellence and to honor students for exemplary service. No application process exists for awards.

Awards recipients are notified by the Binghamton University Foundation and funding is provided directly to the student at the conclusion of the spring semester.

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Fellowships and Other Student Aid

A number of benefactors have established fellowships or assistantships for graduate students at Binghamton University. Graduate students supported by a fellowship have no work requirements, allowing the recipients to devote their time exclusively to the pursuit of their graduate degrees. Some fellowships include a partial or full-tuition scholarship. Teaching and Graduate Assistants work approximately 20 hours per week and receive an academic year stipend. Most teaching and graduate assistants also receive a tuition scholarship.

In addition, donors have established several research grants to provide reimbursement of expenses related to student research activities. Application, selection and notification for these types of student aid are made through sponsoring departments.

For more information about donor-provided student aid, please visit the Binghamton University Foundation website ( or contact:
Director of Donor Relations
Division of Advancement
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000