SUNY Oswego awarded nearly $6.5 million in merit scholarships this past academic year to incoming students who demonstrated an outstanding level of academic achievement. We offer many scholarships that are both merit and need-based to help students pursue higher education.

Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence. Over one-third of the entering class receives merit-based scholarship money, with an average renewable award of $3,000. All freshman awards are renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Scholarship Amount GPA SAT** ACT
Presidential $20,000* (4 years) 93-96 1190-1300** 26-29
Deans $6,000 (4 years) 90-94 1110-1210** 24-26
Merit $3,000 (4 years) 88-91 1050-1150** 22-25

*$5,000 annually for on-campus students; $2,500 per year for students living off-campus
** Represents old SAT scale (prior to March 2016)


To apply, incoming students should complete the application for admission as early as possible for the following fall term. No additional scholarship forms are required. Applications received by Jan. 15 receive priority for scholarship consideration.

For more information, visit our full Merit Scholarships page.

Destination Oswego Scholarship

These merit-based renewable awards are available to non-New York state residents and international students, who are not otherwise eligible for New York state tuition, and require full-time study and on-campus residency. The award amounts range from $6,000 to $9,000 for up to four years based on a student’s coursework, grades,test scores and housing.

Transfer Achievement/Merit Scholarships

Transfer students entering with 57 or more credits and a GPA of 3.30 or higher are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable for one year if the student maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA at SUNY Oswego. Complete an application for admission to be considered; no scholarship forms are required.

Freshman Scholarships

These scholarships, available in three monetary levels, are awarded with priority to candidates with a strong record of classroom achievement and competitive test scores on either the SAT or ACT.

Please read the Merit Scholarship Policy page for additional information.

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. The first-of-its-kind in the nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in fall 2017 - spring 2018, increasing to $110,000 in fall 2018 - spring 2019, and reaching $125,000 in fall 2019 - spring 2020.

For more information or to apply, visit New York State’s Higher Education Services Corporation's (HESC) Excelsior Scholarship page.

The Nunzio "Nick" C. and Lorraine E. Marano Scholarships annually fund 62 awards of $5,000 each for first-generation students with financial need. Marano Scholars awards are renewable as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. The endowed scholarships, first presented in 2017, are part of the Scriba family's generous bequest, the largest-ever gift to the college. Due to graduations and grade requirements, each year the award becomes available to approximately 15 to 20 students.

SUNY Oswego Foundation Scholarships, supporting outstanding students, are funded by generous donors. Awards are available for students interested in particular fields of study, are members of underrepresented groups, possess exceptional talent in the arts or display significant financial need, among other possibilities. Applications are online.

Incoming freshman and transfer students admitted for the fall term are automatically considered for scholarships, and cannot apply for foundation scholarships.

The Possibility Scholars program makes an exceptional academic program available for freshman applicants to Oswego's fall term. This scholarship program transforms the lives of student scholars and set them on a trajectory to meet both individual achievement goals and humanity's need for knowledge to conquer pressing global challenges. Through the generosity of leading donors, we deliver personal and financial assistance to students who face significant barriers to attending college. By integrating three transformational learning experiences, it is among the most comprehensive educational opportunities offered in the region.

When combined with existing need-based aid, Possibility Scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship worth more than $20,000 per year, enabling scholarship recipients to study abroad, engage in research and graduate with little or no debt. 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.

The Summer Research Institute

Accepted students will receive a stipend and room and board to engage in a rigorous laboratory-based summer research experience supporting year-round knowledge building. Working closely with a faculty mentor matched to their academic interests and career goals, Possibility Scholars will exercise critical thinking skills and enter valuable professional relationships for the future.

The Global Laboratory

Possibility Scholars will receive support for an international experience. Scholars will benefit from a holistic learning experience that will provide practice working across borders and time zones to solve real-world problems such as mitigating climate change, controlling emerging diseases, reducing extreme poverty, developing sustainable energy resources, and wisely managing water and food systems. Being embedded in an international community will help develop richer understanding and creative ideas for building a better world.

Financial assistance

The Possibility Scholarship will be applied in coordination with any other grants or scholarships awarded to assure each Possibility Scholar receives full financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for four years at SUNY Oswego. Our aim is to remove all financial barriers to a college education.


To be considered for the Possibility Scholars program, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of New York state
  • Complete an application for admission to SUNY Oswego as a freshman for the fall.
  • Obtain a Possibility Scholarship nomination/letter of recommendation from an educator at your school. This nomination should speak to your accomplishments in STEM subjects, including any special projects you've completed, and your potential to succeed in a STEM field in college.
  • Be admitted to a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major *
  • Demonstrate high potential for success in a STEM field based on your school grades and SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Must live in a residence hall on the SUNY Oswego campus all four years

*Preference given to first-generation college students

Eligible majors include
  • Adolescence Education Biology
  • Adolescence Education Chemistry
  • Adolescence Education Earth Science
  • Adolescence Education Mathematics
  • Adolescence Education Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Applied
  • Mathematical Economics, Applied
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Education
  • Technology Management
  • Zoology

Oswego launched the first multi-departmental Co-op program in the SUNY system that allows you to create an integrated learning experience that enhances your studies and career development. In a Co-op, students enter a paid full-time six-month employment with the school and an employer.

Because the Co-op placement is a non-credit educational program, students do not pay tuition for this program. Oswego supports this endeavor with a variety of resources -- preparing you for interviews, what to expect on the job, and drawing on your workplace and classroom experience to achieve your goals.

If you begin at SUNY Oswego as a freshman, you can start your work term the second semester of your sophomore year. If you are a transfer student, you can begin after completing at least one academic semester in your major.


To be eligible, you must qualify for a Presidential Scholarship, and be matriculated into a participating program. If accepted into the co-op scholarship program, these awards will replace your Presidential Scholarship.


Freshman entering SUNY Oswego in the fall term can apply to one of 15 $6,000 merit Co-op Scholarships (up to $24,000 for four years) available through our partnership with the World Association for Cooperative Education.


Participating majors have different Co-op schedules to comply with their curriculum. Meet with your Co-op academic advisor to coordinate the Co-op schedule and your coursework, then obtain a release form. Once you complete the form, you must pass a mandatory course that prepares you for the program. Search for Co-ops through Laker Leads, or search for companies directly. Please keep in mind that the Center for Experiential Learning has to approve you for a Co-op program before you can start applying for any positions.

Under ROTC, students are able to receive a competitive, merit-based scholarship, covering all or part of college tuition, in return for active military service after graduation. ROTC students attend college classes while receiving basic military and officer training for their chosen branch of service through the ROTC unit at or nearby the college.

There are many scholarships available from private and non-profit institutions or organizations based on your skills and interests. We recommend using Fast Web, a free search engine to see if you qualify for scholarships outside of SUNY Oswego.

Here are additional links to some private scholarships:

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

Xerox Minority Scholarship

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

The Association for Women Geoscientists Chrysalis Scholarship

Microsoft Technical Scholarships for Minorities and Women

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship