University of Delaware


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File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all sources of aid.

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Scholarships for Prospective First-Time Undergraduate Delaware Resident Students

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified residents of our state. Under our Commitment to Delawarean's Program we pledge to ensure financial aid is available to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.

This means a qualified student can attend the University with the assurance that their family will not be asked to contribute more than their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. While students are asked to invest in their education by borrowing (or pay if they decline to borrow) 25% of costs in loans each year. Our goal is to ensure that students graduate with debt that is manageable and the earning potential from their bachelor's degree far outweighs, over time, what they are responsible to pay back. The University commits grants and scholarships as listed below will be made available to cover their remaining financial need.

For an individualized estimate of the financial aid you may expect from the University, please refer to our Net Price Calculator .

Merit Scholarships

Academic (Merit) Scholarship Average Amount Awarded* General Criteria Renewability
UD Trustee Scholarship $3,000 - $5,000
Per Year
Awarded to students whose personal talents distinguish them within the pool of admitted applicants. Students will have very competitive academic credentials such as 2300 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 35 and 4.00 grade-point average. These scholarships are renewable as long as students continue to meet a 3.0 GPA and earn 12 credits each semester. See here for additional scholarship terms and conditions.
UD Presidential Scholarship $2,000 - $3,000
Per Year
Awarded to students with academically talented qualifications such as a 2200 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 34 and 3.75 grade-point average
UD Provost Scholarship $1,000 - $2,000
Per Year
Awarded to students with an exemplary academic record such as 2100 combined SAT or ACT Composite Score of 33 and 3.50 grade-point average

Above is a list of Academic (Merit) Scholarships available at UD that will be offered approximately 2 weeks after being admitted to the University.

Distinguished Scholar Awards

In addition to the above Merit scholarships, the University of Delaware offers a very competitive scholarship program to our students enrolled in our Honors Program. Awards range from $7,000 to full-tuition scholarships, including a limited number of Eugene du Pont Memorial Scholarships that fund Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board, plus a $2,500 Enrichment Grant for approved educational uses such as Study Abroad. In January each year the Admissions Office will reach out to those students eligible to compete for these Distinguished Scholar Awards.

Endowments (Donor Scholarships)

The University has available some endowments made available to students on behalf of our generous alumni and donors. These awards often have specific criteria required (e.g., College or Major) in addition to the merit and financial need that may be required to be awarded these additional scholarships. The average amount of awards for these are $2,000 per year.

State Aid

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) offers financial assistance for education to Delaware residents in the form of scholarships and awards that help offset college costs. See for additional information on application deadlines.

SEED Scholarship

A SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree) Scholarship are provided by the State of Delaware and provides tuition for full-time students enrolled in the Associate in Arts Program (AAP) at the University of Delaware at the UD campuses located at the Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown campuses of Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC). SEED Scholarships are not offered to students who choose to pursue bachelor's degrees at the University of Delaware in Newark.

The SEED Scholarships are for Delaware residents who graduate from a Delaware high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, enter directly into the AAP from high school, and are not convicted felons. Enrollment in at least 24 credits per academic year and a 2.5 GPA must be maintained to continue eligibility while in the Associate in Arts Program.

Students who wish to be considered for SEED Scholarships must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Music Scholarships

Students who audition to be accepted as music majors are considered for music scholarship awards during their auditions. These awards are competitive and are awarded by recommendation after all auditions have been heard. All music majors who receive Department of Music talent-based scholarships may be required to participate in more than one ensemble.

In addition, students who participate in the Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band are eligible for a scholarship. Visit the Department of Music's website for additional information.

Athletic Scholarships

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics grants performance-based scholarships in all sports in compliance with NCAA Division I regulations and guidelines. Amounts vary. For more information, contact the Athletics Department, at (302) 831-4006 or complete the Prospective Student Athlete Questionnaire.

ROTC Scholarships

U.S. Army: Two and three-year scholarships are available for enrolled and non-enrolled on-campus students. For more information on scholarships or anything related to Army ROTC, contact the Recruiting Officer at 1-800-830-ROTC.

U.S. Air Force: There are three different types of scholarships see here for additional information. Questions on scholarships or anything related to U.S. Air Force ROTC, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at (302) 831-2863.

Need Based Grants

A student is awarded a Need-Based Grant to meet the remaining demonstrated financial need after taking other sources of aid into consideration (see above). Please note that the amount of the need based grant may be adjusted when we are made aware of other scholarships and grants after initial awarding or if there is a change to the EFC. In addition, students living on campus may also be offered the On Campus Need Based Grants to support their cost of living on campus. This grant is only available to students when living in on-campus housing.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include School Code 001431 after January 1st but before February 15th to be considered.