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Scholarships + Grants

Bryant will offer roughly $16 million in grants and merit scholarships to incoming students in the upcoming year.

Many Bryant students receive some form of grant, scholarship, work-study, and/or loan assistance. Federal Pell grants also are available to eligible students.

Focus on Scholarships

All new students are considered for academic scholarships at Bryant as part of the admission application process. You do not need to apply for financial aid to be considered. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.

First-Time Freshman Academic Scholarships

Bryant University offers a range of scholarships to outstanding applicants. We take into consideration your high school grade point average, SAT performance (if you submitted), high school class rank, your leadership and participation, etc. Scholarships are renewable for up to four consecutive years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study at Bryant, as long as you maintain academic requirements. Academic scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

Special Programs

  • Athletic Scholarships: For further information, contact the Department of Athletics at (401) 232-6070.
  • Family Discount: When two or more siblings from the same family are simultaneously enrolled as full-time traditional undergraduates, the second student receives a tuition discount of 10 percent from the University, as long as both continue to be enrolled. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to apply.
  • Smithfield Scholarship: One full-tuition scholarship is awarded per year to the top-ranked (using weighted rank) Smithfield High School graduate who is in the top 10 percent of his/her class and has been admitted to Bryant. This scholarship is renewable for four consecutive years of full-time study if the student maintains the designated GPA.

Focus on Grants

Grants are awarded primarily to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate the need for financial assistance. Grants do not require repayment. Continued eligibility is based on an annual review of information submitted on the FAFSA each year. Like all need-based awards, Bryant University grants may vary from year to year based on FAFSA information.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are available for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) within a range determined each year by the U.S. Department of Education. At Bryant, the majority of students eligible for Federal Pell Grants will also receive a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) are reserved for students with exceptional financial need. Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs will be considered first for FSEOGs. To apply for this grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA).

Government and Private Programs

Army ROTC Scholarship Program

Government-funded Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualified Bryant students. Each recipient receives the full value of tuition per year plus an annual book allowance, academic fees, and a monthly stipend from the ROTC command. Scholarships are available for two-, three-, and four-year terms. In return, scholarship winners enter into a contract with the U.S. Army, agreeing to accept an Army commission as a second lieutenant.

The ROTC scholarship covers the direct cost of tuition. For ROTC scholarship recipients who also reside on campus, Bryant provides funding to cover the direct costs of room and board. For information regarding the amount and conditions of this supplemental fund, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (401) 232-6020.

Army ROTC Tuition Assistance

Any qualified student who enters the Army ROTC Advanced Course and agrees to accept an Army commission as a second lieutenant receives a tax-free stipend for each school month during the Advanced Course. This stipend is unrelated to the Army ROTC Scholarship Program.

National Guard Tuition Assistance

Members of the National Guard may qualify for state-sponsored tuition assistance programs. They also may qualify for Army ROTC tuition assistance benefits under provisions of the Army ROTC Simultaneous Memberships Program. Contact your State Adjutant General's Office or the Bryant University ROTC Office if you are interested.

Private Programs

Many private philanthropic organizations, foundations, and corporations can be significant resources for scholarships. Local sponsors of such programs include service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, the American Legion, and parent-teacher groups. Your high school guidance office may have further details. Federal aid applicants are obligated to report the receipt of all such awards to Bryant's Office of Financial Aid.

State Scholarship & Grant Programs

Many states offer financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, work or loans. Check with your state agency for details.

Can first-time freshmen receive scholarships based solely on academic merit?

Yes! If you are applying to Bryant you do not need to submit any additional forms beyond your application in order to be considered for academic merit scholarships. Recipients are notified by the Office of Admission.

Are all Bryant academic scholarships renewable from one year to the next?

Yes, for up to four years (eight semesters), provided that you maintain full-time (at least 12 credits) enrollment status and a cumulative grade point average detailed on the scholarship letter you receive from the Office of Admission.

Can returning students receive academic scholarships for doing well while at Bryant?

All Bryant scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement prior to attending the University. Like most institutions, Bryant has no scholarship programs that provide financial rewards for doing well while in attendance.

Does the University award academic scholarships to transfer applicants?

Yes, Bryant offers a limited number of academic scholarships in this category.

Will privately-funded scholarships from non-Bryant third parties affect my financial aid awards?

On very rare occasions the receipt of these kinds of scholarships will require Bryant to make adjustments to your aid package. When possible, the Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to make these required adjustments to work-study or loan awards rather than to grants.

What scholarships or loans are available for international students?

International students are considered by the Office of Admission for academic scholarship awards when they submit their application to Bryant. A number of privately funded (non-government) education loans are available to international students who are able to secure a U.S. citizen co-borrower.

What financial aid is available for part-time students?

If you are an undergraduate enrolled in two courses (six credits) per semester, you are considered a half-time student. If you meet the standard for need, you are eligible to seek Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and/or Federal Direct Loans. To be eligible for continued financial assistance, you must maintain the same minimum GPA as full-time students.