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    Top Scholarships for Transfer Students in May 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: May 21st, 2024

    According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than one third of college students will transfer to another college. While students will transfer for many reasons, some students are transferring to save money. Regardless of why you are transferring, there are some great scholarships for transfer students that are available!

    These scholarships for transfer students are generally applicable for students who intend to transfer to four year colleges or universities. Also note that some states will have special scholarships for community college students who are transferring to an in-state university. You can check with the financial aid office at your in-state university!

    You can also keep on reading to learn everything you need to know about scholarships and financial aid as a transfer student.

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

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    • The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
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    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
    ** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Making the Leap Scholarship for Transfer Students

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The “Making the Leap” Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are transferring to another educational institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. We know…Show More

    The “Making the Leap” Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are transferring to another educational institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. We know…Show More

    The “Making the Leap” Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are transferring to another educational institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. We know that getting from point A to point B isn’t always straightforward, and that sometimes there are twists, turns, and unexpected detours along the way. If you’re a transfer student making the leap to another school, you probably know what we’re talking about. Switching educational institutions can be challenging, which is why we’re offering a $500 scholarship to help one outstanding transfer student. See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding the short answer response. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their response and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Apply

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Montana University System 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver at select Montana University System schools
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore

    Offered by Montana University System

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information")…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information")…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information") and will be soon pursuing a four-year degree at U of M - Missoula, U of M - Western, Montana Tech, MSU - Billings, MSU - Bozeman, or MSU - Northern? If so, you may be eligible for the Montana University System 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards waivers for undergraduate tuition at any 4-year unit of the Montana University System. The scholarship may be received up to a total of four continuous (fall/spring) semesters, so long as recipients continue to hold at least a 3.4 GPA. If you've earned an associate's degree from an eligible Montana community college and will be transferring to an eligible Montana four-year university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver at select Montana University System schools
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Minnesota State Workforce Development Scholarships

    Offered by Minnesota State

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Minnesota State

    Are you a Minnesota resident attending one of the 26 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State? If so, you may be eligible for the…Show More

    Are you a Minnesota resident attending one of the 26 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State? If so, you may be eligible for the…Show More

    Are you a Minnesota resident attending one of the 26 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State? If so, you may be eligible for the Minnesota State Workforce Development Scholarships! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 (per academic term) to multiple eligible students pursuing the fields of Education, Public Safety, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health Care Services, Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, or Transportation. Those who have previously received the Workforce Development Scholarship and have since transferred to one of the seven state universities of Minnesota State are also eligible. Bear in mind that preference will be shown to those with financial need. If you're a Minnesota resident attending an in-state community or technical college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

    Offered by American Association of Geographers

    2 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by American Association of Geographers

    Are you a community college student planning to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major? If so, you might be interested in the…Show More

    Are you a community college student planning to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major? If so, you might be interested in the…Show More

    Are you a community college student planning to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major? If so, you might be interested in the Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship! The scholarship is open to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will transfer as geography majors to four-year colleges and universities. The American Association of Geographers offers the program Darrel Hess, author of McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, funds it. The AAG looks to “provide students, educators, practitioners, and partners with the resources they need to enter the field, develop their careers, and form professional friendships that can last a lifetime.” Every year, they choose two eligible applicants to earn $1,500 to be used for any educational expenses. If you are passionate about obtaining your geography degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship

    Offered by The Husband & Wife Law Team

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by The Husband & Wife Law Team

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA? If so, the Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA? If so, the Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA? If so, the Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one Arizona high school senior or college student and $1,000 to a high school senior or college student from anywhere in the United States. To apply, interested students must submit a 250-350-word essay answering the prompt: "Tell us about a time you had to make a decision that was the more difficult path but the right choice, and how that choice paid off in the long run." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    SENEDIA STEM Scholarship

    Offered by Senedia

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Senedia

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national…Show More

    The SENEDIA STEM Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with the potential to support the future national security and defense sector workforce. These unrestricted scholarships have helped students with a range of costs, from tuition to housing. Students entering their second year of a two-year degree program or entering their third year of a four-year program are eligible to apply. Students transitioning from a two-year program to a four-year program are also eligible to apply. If you're a post-secondary STEM student from New England, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    4 awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Martin Achievement Scholarship

    Offered by University of Washington

    Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $41,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by University of Washington

    The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state…Show More

    The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state…Show More

    The Martin Achievement Scholarship is for first-year community college students wanting to eventually transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Applicants must be Washington state residents, have earned a minimum of 15 community college transfer credits at a community college in the state of Washington by the scholarship application deadline, and have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in sciences, engineering, math, business, humanities, social sciences, music, art (all academic disciplines are supported), leadership and/or service to the community. Please note that students must apply for this scholarship nearly 1.5 years in advance of when they would hope to transfer to UW. With that said, if you're a Washington state first-year community college student with dreams of being a Husky, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $41,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

    Offered by Legal Defense Fund

    Multiple awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Legal Defense Fund

    Are you a graduating high school senior, first-year student in an accredited four-year college, or a student transferring into an accredited four-year college? Further, will…Show More

    Are you a graduating high school senior, first-year student in an accredited four-year college, or a student transferring into an accredited four-year college? Further, will…Show More

    Are you a graduating high school senior, first-year student in an accredited four-year college, or a student transferring into an accredited four-year college? Further, will you be enrolled in a college or university for this upcoming school year? If so, the Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $3,000 a year (renewable for up to $12,000) to current and incoming undergraduate underclassmen who demonstrate financial need. Bear in mind that applicants should also demonstrate financial need (have a combined family income of $70,000 or less) and a commitment to public service.  If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarships

    Offered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

    The U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for students from underrepresented populations who are currently attending a two-year university and will be…Show More

    The U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for students from underrepresented populations who are currently attending a two-year university and will be…Show More

    The U.S. Western Digital STEM Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for students from underrepresented populations who are currently attending a two-year university and will be transferring to a four-year university in the upcoming school year to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM major. This scholarship is particularly aimed at those from underrepresented populations and those who are experiencing financial need or hardship. If you're an underrepresented minority pursuing a STEM major at a community college (with will be transferring to a four-year), we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society Transfer Scholarships

    Offered by British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

    Are you a soon-to-be transfer student? If so, the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society Transfer Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! The…Show More

    Are you a soon-to-be transfer student? If so, the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society Transfer Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! The…Show More

    Are you a soon-to-be transfer student? If so, the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society Transfer Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! The scholarships are open to students who have completed one or two years of study and are transferring their credits to another institution to finish their program. Applicants should be academic achievers (at least a "B" average GPA required) who have made a difference in their community through volunteerism. If you've made a difference in your community, consider making a difference in your own life by applying to the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society Transfer Scholarship! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship Award

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)

    40 awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)

    Are you a student looking to transfer from a two-year to a four-year college to complete your degree in accounting or a related field? Further,…Show More

    Are you a student looking to transfer from a two-year to a four-year college to complete your degree in accounting or a related field? Further,…Show More

    Are you a student looking to transfer from a two-year to a four-year college to complete your degree in accounting or a related field? Further, are you an AICPA Student Affiliate Member? If so, consider applying for the AICPA Foundation Two-Year Transfer Scholarship Award! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 to multiple applicants who hold (or have applied for) AICPA Student Affiliate Membership, are looking to pursue a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license, and are currently completing courses at a two-year college/university and planning to transfer with a declared intent to major in accounting or an accounting-related field at a four-year college/university in the upcoming school year. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    40 awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship

    Offered by Connecticut Community Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Connecticut Community Foundation

    The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship annually grants one-time awards of $1,000 or more to first-year or transfer students pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree…Show More

    The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship annually grants one-time awards of $1,000 or more to first-year or transfer students pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree…Show More

    The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business Scholarship annually grants one-time awards of $1,000 or more to first-year or transfer students pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree at the School of Business at Post University's main campus in Waterbury, Connecticut. To apply, interested students must provide two letters of support from teachers, guidance counselors, or community leaders who have had direct interactions with the student. In addition, applicants must submit an essay on how "an organization can benefit from emphasis on quality." If you're a student at Post University's School of Business, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started
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    Top 5 scholarships for transfer students overall

    We’ve hand-picked the following scholarships based on the strong reputation of their organizations, the value of the awards, and being open to a wide number of students. Apply with confidence to these 5 top scholarships for transfer students:

    How to win scholarships for transfer students

    Like any type of scholarship, transfer student scholarships are highly competitive and the vast majority of opportunities receive way more applications than they can give awards to. For this reason, it’s important to put together compelling applications in order to maximize your chances of winning. One of the best ways to do this is doing some research into the organization offering the scholarship, and giving the scholarship listing a close read. Try to find what values and principles they are looking for in a candidate, and emphasize these in your application.

    It’s also important to fine-tune your essays in order to maximize your chances. We can help you through this process with a collection of guides on assembling scholarship applications. These include guides on how to write a winning scholarship essayhow to write about yourself, and how to tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits. We can also walk you through the steps of making a scholarship resume, and give you tutorials on answering some of the most common scholarship prompts.

    You should also be sure to contact the financial aid and admissions offices at schools you are considering transferring to, in order to see if they offer any scholarships for incoming transfers. Finally, don’t forget about local scholarships! Local scholarships have a much lower number of applicants, so you have a higher chance of winning. Try looking at some local community organizations to see if they offer any opportunities.

    Resources for transfer students & students considering transferring

    The process of transferring schools can be complicated and involves a lot of choices. Luckily, we have some guides to help you through. Check out our guides on how to transfer colleges, how to transfer from a community college to a four-year university, and how to write a transfer essay. It’s important to use a different focus in your transfer essays than you did in your initial admissions essay, and this guide will help you with those differences. Finally, don’t forget to fill out the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile for your prospective school!

    Also see: Can you transfer into an ivy league school?

    Transfer scholarships from honor societies

    There are several academic honor societies out there that offer transfer scholarships to students. If you are a member in any of the organizations or are considering membership, these scholarships can be a great opportunity.

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society with over 3.8 million members. They offer a whole host of transfer scholarships for members, which you can access through their PTK Connect portal. Some are based on GPA whereas others may depend more on financial need and other extracurricular achievement.

    Tau Sigma

    Tau Sigma is a national honor society exclusively for transfer students. They run several scholarship programs, including ones for international students who are transferring schools. If you are looking to pursue your bachelor’s degree at a different college, don’t forget to check out Tau Sigma!

    How does transferring affect financial aid?

    When considering whether to transfer schools, it’s important to investigate how the decision would affect your financial aid. You will have to go through the financial aid process with your new school and see how much money they can offer you. Remember, institutional need-based and merit-based financial aid will not transfer with you.

    Transferring does not affect your Pell Grant or federal loans, but all other forms of institutional aid will change, and some renewable private scholarships may not transfer. So, if you already are on a private scholarship, make sure to be in touch with the servicers to ensure that the scholarship awards would transfer to your new school.

    Frequently asked questions about scholarships for transfer students

    Can transfer students get full merit scholarships?

    Transfer students may be eligible for full merit scholarships, but this will vary from college to college. It is best to check with the specific college you are looking at. If you talking about private scholarships, most of these awards will not cover full tuition, room, and board. To get an idea of what full scholarships are, and how they differ from full rides, check out our article on the subject

    How do transfer scholarships work?

    Transfer scholarships work in a similar way to other college scholarships. Students will need to complete the required application materials and apply by the stated deadline. There is nothing else that you need to worry about just because you are a transfer student! You’ll submit any materials to the college you are transferring into rather than the one you transfer from.

    Do transfers get financial aid?

    It depends! Just like when you applied to college the first time, your financial aid will depend on your financial need. Some colleges will offer generous financial aid for transfer students, while others may not commit to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for accepted transfer students. We always recommend talking to a financial aid officer at the college in question. Luckily, when it comes to federal aid, transfer students are just as eligible as anyone else. That means you’ll still be eligible for the Pell Grant if your finances qualify you. You can also take out federal subsidized loans, Parent PLUS loans, and more.

    Do transfer students who are transferring from community colleges qualify for scholarships or financial aid?

    All of the above scholarships will be available to community college students who are applying to four year colleges or universities. In fact, some states have special programs for students who transfer from in-state community colleges to in-state colleges (the NJ STARS program is one such initiative in the state of New Jersey).You will also continue to qualify for federal aid such as the Pell Grant, Stafford Loans, unsubsidized loans, and Parent PLUS loans. It’s also a good idea to reach out to the college you’re transferring into, as they might have resources for local scholarships to apply to.

    What colleges give transfer scholarships?

    There are a good number of colleges which offer transfer scholarships. Grand Valley State University, for example, offers transfer scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per semester. The University of Alabama also has a wide variety of transfer scholarships, some of which range up to full tuition. Oftentimes, these programs are set up for in-state students who graduate from a community college.

    Can transfer students receive Pell Grants?

    Yes! Transfer students are just as eligible to receive Pell Grants as any undergraduate student. As long as you are below your Pell Grant lifetime limit, you will be eligible. However, this limit equates to about six years of full-time school, so it is very rare to exceed it.

    Should transfer students use the FAFSA?

    Yes! Every student should fill out the FAFSA to qualify for federal, state, and institutional aid. It’s just as important for transfer students to fill out the FAFSA as it is for students who have attended the same university throughout their whole tenure. Make sure to fill out the FAFSA before the deadline! Although transferring can be a hectic process, you want to make sure not to fall behind on FAFSA paperwork and lose out on financial aid.

    When should I apply for scholarships as a transfer student?

    It’s never too early to apply for scholarships as a transfer student. Whether you’re applying to transfer-specific scholarships, or any scholarship opportunity, you’ll see year-round deadlines. Remember to apply early and often to maximize your chances at earning great scholarship opportunities. A great place to start for this is our free scholarship search tool. It’ll match you with vetted scholarship opportunities custom-matched to your demographics and academic interests. Opportunities auto-update as new ones open, and you can use the tool to plan your application strategy and keep track of deadlines.

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