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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships and Grants

Rochester University is pleased to offer students institutional scholarships and grant opportunities. All institutional scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis. Modifications for future incoming classes will not change your scholarship award. All institutional scholarships are available for the fall and spring semesters only. Awards shall be applied directly against the recipient’s educational expenses at a rate of 50% for the Fall semester and 50% for the Spring semester. The total of all institutional aid for residential students may not exceed 100% of tuition, room, board, and fees. Please note that only full-time students (minimum of 12 hours) are eligible for institutional aid.

Merit-Based Awards

Exceptional students may also qualify for Merit-Based Awards. Students may receive no more than one merit award.

All institutional merit scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis. Modifications for future incoming classes will not change your merit award. All institutional scholarships are available for the Fall and Spring semesters only. Awards shall be applied directly against the recipient’s educational expenses at a rate of 50% for the Fall semester and 50% for the Spring semester.

Transfer scholarships are based on the student’s college transfer GPA and may not change throughout their time as a student at Rochester University. “First time at any college” students’ academic scholarships are based on their high school GPA and ACT scores and will remain unchanged throughout their time as a student at Rochester University.

Note: While many colleges only offer their scholarships for four years, Rochester University offers their scholarships for up to five years. So if you change your major or want to add a minor which takes you more than four years to complete, our scholarships will be there for you in year five.

Rochester University Scholarship Application

Students may receive no more than one of the following discounts

  • Christian Academy/School Graduate Discount if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time RU students under age 24 who graduated from an accredited Christian High School

    • Amount: $500/year

    • Renewal requirements: 2.0 CPGA

    • Applied automatically, discuss with your admissions adviser

  • Family Tuition Discount if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: Awarded if two or more dependent children or a parent and child are concurrently enrolled full time

    • Amount: $1,000 per year

    • Renewal Requirements: Continued enrollment of two or more immediate family members as verified by the registrar. Minimum of 2.0 CGPA.

    • Applied automatically, discuss with your admissions adviser

  • Children of Ministers Scholarship if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: First time RU students under age 24 who are dependent children of full-time ministers (pulpit, youth, worship) or foreign missionaries (working under the supervision and support of a Christian Church in the United States, letter from supporting congregation required annually) and who have served in that capacity for at least 3 years. Discount application form as well as youth census list (9th-12th) from your home congregation must be submitted annually.

    • Amount: $2,000/year

    • Renewal Requirements: Discount application form as well as youth census list (9th-12th) from your home congregation must be submitted annually. Must remain full-time boarding student and maintain 2.0 CGPA.

    • Discuss with your admissions adviser about applying for this award

The following may be awarded in addition to any other scholarships

  • Alumni Parent Scholarship if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: At least one parent must have attended Rochester University on a full-time basis for at least four semesters

    • Amount: $1,000/year

    • Renewal Requirements: 2.0 CGPA

    • Applied automatically, discuss with your admissions adviser

  • Nonprofit Management Major Scholarship if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: Through generous funding provided by the Stewart Team Real Estate, Rochester University offers a scholarship for students who are current Nonprofit Management majors, or who have been accepted to Rochester University and have declared Nonprofit Management as their major.

    • Amount: RU awards $5,000 annually to one or more individuals that meet the criteria of the scholarship.

    • Apply: Here

  • Pure Oakland Water Scholarship if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Eligibility: Through generous funds provided by Pure Oakland Water, Rochester University offers an annual scholarship for students who are currently biology majors, have a 3.0 GPA, are sophomore status or higher, and preferably an Oakland County resident.

    • Amount: $3,000

    • Apply: Here

Scholarships also available from

  • RaiseMe if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • Students can earn up to $28,000 in scholarships on RaiseMe to attend Rochester University!

    • We partnered with RaiseMe to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your academic, extracurricular, and community service achievements while a high school or college student. High School students can earn up to $7,000 per academic year and college students interested in transferring can earn up to $2,000 per year toward scholarships at Rochester University. The amount you earn on RaiseMe represents your guaranteed minimum amount of institutional grants and scholarships to attend RU. You may receive even more in your scholarship or financial aid package once we review your completed application for admission.

    • Apply: Click here to learn more!

  • SAGE Scholars – Tuition Rewards if_right_arrow_476325_white
    • To help make a Rochester University education financially accessible to more families, RU is an active participant and member in the Tuition Rewards program, sponsored by SAGE Scholars (Savings and Growth for Education), an independent organization.

    • By investing or saving with participating banks, credit unions, 529 Plans, and other financial institutions, family members can earn “points” to provide students with guaranteed minimum scholarships at a national consortium of participating independent colleges, including Rochester University. Starting with the freshman year, the points can be redeemed for up to the full cost of base tuition and spread evenly over four undergraduate years. Tuition Rewards are provided regardless of the income or assets of the student or the student’s family.

    • The student’s Tuition Rewards statement must be submitted through the Account Statement page at the time the student applies for admission to Rochester University. Statements submitted after RU has prepared a financial aid package for the student may invalidate the use of Tuition Rewards.

    • For more information on SAGE Tuition Rewards: please visit https://secure.tuitionrewards.com/index.cfm