All students are considered for scholarships. Criteria for Binghamton scholarships include many factors such as academic merit,
donor preference, major, program participation and very often financial need, as determined
by the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Most scholarships at Binghamton are awarded in the spring for the following aid year and do not require an additional application. If awarded a scholarship, you'll be notified in your financial aid award offer and/or letter during the admission process.
- Scholarships will be included as part of the financial aid award package, which cannot exceed the budgeted cost of attendance.
- A student's financial need can be an eligibility requirement for some scholarships therefore we highly recommend you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than January 1.
Conditions of Award
|President's, Provost's, and Dean's Scholarships
Current Binghamton students
Current students who have demonstrated their academic abilities at the University are good candidates for scholarships. Regardless, all students are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility if they have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Typically, the only other qualification is to have a current FAFSA on file by our recommended filing date of March 1 each year. However, certain scholarships for returning students may also require an additional application.
A limited number of scholarships are available via the admission process; however, students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information. Financial Aid Services is only able to provide funding to qualified U.S. citizens, permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens.
A limited number of scholarships are awarded to graduate students. At the time of application review, all students are considered for department funding.
Most academic assistantships include a stipend and, in some cases, may also include a tuition scholarship. This scholarship is paid by the department for a specific number of credit hours. A tuition scholarship is a financial resource and must be included in the financial aid package. This may affect the amount of Federal Direct Loan for which a student is eligible.
In addition, students may apply for non-academic assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships. In most cases these require separate applications.
Interested in outside scholarship information? There are also many external scholarships opportunities available to students.
Taxation of scholarships, fellowships and awards
If you receive a scholarship or fellowship, you may have to pay tax on the amount you did not use to pay for tuition and course-related expenses (books, lab fees, etc.). This does NOT include federal or state grants (such a Pell, SEOG, TAP, etc.), nor does it include federal loans (such as Direct student subsidized/unsubsidized loans, or parent/Graduate PLUS loans, etc.).
Example: suppose you receive a $4,000 scholarship. You spend $1,500 for tuition and $300 for books. You spend the remaining $2,200 for room and board. The $2,200 is taxable and must be reported when filing your tax return.