Binghamton University Donor-Funded Scholarships and Other Student Aid

Binghamton University offers its own institutionally-based scholarships, fellowships and awards through the auspices of the Binghamton University Foundation. The Foundation assists over 2,000 students with support totaling over $3.1 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 Financial Aid and Student Records, administers over 390 named 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 Financial Aid Scholarship website for more information and a link to search the scholarship database.

All need-based scholarships require the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For students to have the best chance at all available financial aid funding, including need-based scholarships, the University-recommended FAFSA filing date is January 1 for new students and March 1 for returning students.

Scholarship recipients are notified by the Binghamton University Foundation and awards are reflected in 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 Direct Student Aid

A number of benefactors have established fellowships or assistantships for graduate students at Binghamton University. Graduate students supported by a fellowship have few or 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 10-20 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 and Stewardship
Division of Advancement
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000