Types of Financial Aid Available at the College
For 2022–2023, the College, through the Office of Financial Services, awards, in whole or in part, the following types of institutional financial aid to qualified students. Unless otherwise noted, all amounts given are on an annual basis, for a student enrolled in full-time study.
Hudson Valley Award
Students who meet one of the following criteria—at the time they apply for the College—receive a $2,000 scholarship which is given to 20 selected incoming first-year students each Academic Year. It is automatically renewable each year:
- Have been living in the Hudson Valley for more than six months:
- Proof of family’s homeownership or tenant-ship such as utility bills or rent receipts is required.
- Or attends a secondary or post-secondary educational institution in the Hudson Valley region:
- Proof of enrollment such as verification letters or official transcripts is required.
Affiliated Schools Award
Students who are graduates of affiliated high schools at the time they apply for the College receive a $2,000 scholarship which is automatically renewable each academic year.
- Proof of enrollment such as verification letters or official transcripts are required.
Interested students can check with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the current list of affiliated high schools.
Merit-Based Academic Scholarship
The academic scholarship for first-time freshman is awarded on a competitive basis to incoming students who demonstrate a record of excellence in their academic performance. Assessment criteria of the student include their high school GPA, and SAT/ACT scores if provided.
The academic scholarship for transfer students is awarded to incoming transfer students who demonstrate a record of excellence in their academic performance. Assessment criteria of the student include their GPA, recommendation letters, and their personal statement.
The academic scholarship for continuing students is awarded to students who demonstrate a continued record of excellence in their academic performance. Assessment criteria of the student as a whole include their annual cumulative GPA and satisfactory academic progress. At the end of each spring semester, Office of Student Financial Services will check the GPA of all scholarship recipients to ensure they have met their scholarship requirements.
2022–2023 and Prior
For students who entered prior to the 2022 academic year, under the following situation, the scholarship will be suspended: 1) For Honor, Scholar 1, the students fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA; 2) Scholar 2, Scholar 3, and Excel 1, the students fail to maintain a 2.8 GPA; 3) For Excel 2 and Excel 3, the students fail to maintain a 2.5 GPA; 4) the student has demonstrated any prohibited conduct please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.
Need-Based Grant: Lotus Grant
This is a non-repayable grant for students who demonstrate financial hardship. The Lotus Grant can only be applied towards tuition and is awarded on a competitive basis. The grant amount is determined by the level of demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds.
Due to the generous support of donors, students enrolled in the following programs may be eligible for additional awards:
- BFA and MFA in Classical Chinese Dance
- BM and MM in Performance
- BFA in Stage Production and Design
Awards available through these departments are as follows (subject to change):
|Tuition and Fees Waiver||Student does not pay tuition or fees for educational costs, including, but not limited to, costs associated with instruction received, academic and other student services, and institutional supports.|
|Room and Board||Student receives free housing and meals on campus.|
|Supply Assistance||College provides the student with the necessary academic and artistic supplies required for instruction (e.g., textbooks, dance clothing and equipment).|
|Transportation Assistance||Student receives assistance to pay for the transportation expenses associated with participating in the program.|
|Full College Scholarship||Total tuition and fees waiver, room and board, supplies assistance, and transportation assistance. Personal expenses are not covered.|
Other Sources of Financial Aid
There may be other sources of financial aid from time to time. Interested students can contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for more information.