Scholarships

First-year and transfer students should complete their application for admission as early as possible. Those received before the Regular Decision deadline (Jan. 15 for fall term applicants and Nov. 15 for spring term applicants) will get first consideration for admission and awards. More than 40% of entering first-year and transfer students received academic merit-based awards in 2020.

First-Year Scholarships

First-Year Scholarships, available in three monetary levels, are awarded to incoming first-year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence with a strong record of classroom achievement in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. These scholarships are competitively awarded to the top 35-40% of students in the entering class. They are renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA.

Scholarship Amount
Presidential* $20,000* (4 years)
Dean $6,000 (4 years)
Merit $3,000 (4 years)

*Students entering in fall 2020 and after — $5,000 annually for on-campus students.
Students entering in spring 2020 and prior — $5,000 annually for on-campus students; $2,500 per year for students living off-campus.

Transfer Achievement Scholarships

Full-time transfer students entering with a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and 24 college credits or more are eligible for a $1,000 Transfer Achievement Scholarship. Recipients who maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA and full-time enrollment at SUNY Oswego may renew this scholarship for up to two years consecutive to the initial award for a maximum total of $3,000. The scholarship will not exceed $500 per semester regardless of the maximum total. Transfer Achievement Scholarships awarded prior to 2021 are renewable for only one year consecutive to the initial award.

How to Apply

First-year and transfer students should complete their application for admission as early as possible. Those received before the Regular Decision deadline (Jan. 15 for fall term applicants and Nov. 15 for spring term applicants) will get first consideration for admission and awards. No additional scholarship forms are required for the scholarships listed above.

See full scholarship policy for SUNY Oswego awards.

Additional Scholarships

Application and eligibility requirements may apply to the following awards.

Co-op Scholarship

First-year students entering SUNY Oswego in the fall term, with a desire to participate in a paid, full-time, long-term (12-26 weeks) employment opportunity, can apply for a renewable $6,000 Co-op Scholarship (up to $24,000 for four years). If awarded a Co-op Scholarship, this award will replace your Presidential Scholarship.

To be eligible, students must: apply to and be accepted to SUNY Oswego; meet all SUNY Oswego Presidential Scholarship criteria; commit to participate and satisfy all SUNY Oswego Co-op program criteria; and matriculate into an eligible major. Eligible majors include accounting, biochemistry, business administration, chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, finance, human resource management, marketing, or software engineering. Learn more

For additional information, email co-op@oswego.edu.

Destination Oswego Scholarship 

These awards are available to first-year and transfer non-New York state residents and international students, who are not otherwise eligible for New York state tuition, and require full-time study. The award amount is $9,000 annually for up to four years. Requires on-campus housing and full-time status. Learn more

Possibility Scholarship

The Possibility Scholars program makes an exceptional academic program available for first-year applicants to Oswego’s fall term. This scholarship program transforms the lives of student scholars and sets them on a trajectory to meet both individual achievement goals and humanity’s need for knowledge to conquer pressing global challenges.

When combined with existing need-based aid, Possibility Scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship worth over $20,000 per year, enabling scholarship recipients to study abroad, engage in research and graduate with little or no debt after an exceptional undergraduate experience. Only New York state students entering STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are eligible for consideration, with priority given to high achieving students with significant financial need. Learn more

The Excelsior Scholarship

Tuition-free college for middle-class New Yorkers

SUNY Oswego has a long-standing commitment to higher education access, college completion and cost predictability. And now, through New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship program, a greater number of New York students and families will be eligible to earn free tuition at SUNY Oswego. Learn more

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