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Institutional Scholarships

Students interested in applying for Hunter’s internal scholarships are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ever year. We also strongly recommend completing the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Excelsior Scholarship application. To apply for TAP and/or the Excelsior Scholarship you and/or your parent must be a NYS resident. Both applications can be found of the HESC Webpage.

FAFSA years:

    1. Entering freshman and/ or current or transfer students for Summer 2018/Fall 2018/Spring 2019 – Complete 2018-2019 FAFSA
    2. Entering freshman and/or transfer students for Summer2019/Fall 2019/Spring 2020 – Complete 2019-2020 FAFSA (available on October 1, 2018)

Please note: Scholarship applicants must have a valid FAFSA to be eligible for internal scholarships at Hunter College. In most cases students may be selected to submit additional documentation which must be processed to fully disburse an internal scholarship. Applicants must be mindful of their CUNYfirst “To Do List” to ensure additional documents are not required. If an applicant is awarded a scholarship and it is determined additional documents are required the scholarship will remain pending until a valid FAFSA is processed.

Most scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Merit
  • Need
  • Enrollment
  • Declaration of a Major and/or course of study

In most cases, scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and split into two equal disbursements, half in the fall and the other half in the spring. Scholarships can also be awarded for one term only, either fall or spring. We recommend all students to be mindful of their award amount, posting, and eligibility requirements. Please be advised, scholarships awarded in the fall are not always guaranteed in the spring.

For more information about applying for internal scholarships, email or call 1-212-772-4820. All email notifications regarding all Hunter Scholarships will be sent to your “myhunter” campus email as well as any issues in relation to your financial aid application. If you wish to speak to a financial aid counselor please visit us during our hours of operations.


Private Scholarships and Grants

There are a variety of external scholarships and grants available to students. Most do not need to be repaid and are offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional/social organizations.

Most organization will request information from your FAFSA as well as your enrollment, grade point average, etc. All documents which need confirmation of enrollment and/or financial aid should be submitted to and completed by the Office of Registrars and/or Financial Aid. You are also to complete and attach an Information Release Form to all paperwork in which we must provide confidential information of your student record. Please allow 3-5 business days to process your documents.
**Please note all requests for information cannot be sent directly to the organization. The student will have to pick up the document from the Office of Financial Aid.**


To search for an outside scholarship you can use our recommended webpages:

Please be informed documentation from the outside organization must be on official company letterhead and should be sent to the Office of Financial Aid, Registrars or Bursar's Office (if applicable). All paperwork must be received at least 3-4 month prior to the bill due date. Contingent on their approval your outside scholarship (payment) should arrive to the Office of Bursars (billing and payments) one week prior to tuition due dates to allow enough time to validate the scholarship and post it to your account.


Freshmen/New Student Scholarship

If you're a prospective student who would like to learn about Hunter's freshmen scholarships, visit Hunter's Freshman Scholars Program to learn more about the various merit scholarships we offer.


Part-time Students

If you are a part-time student who would like to learn about our part-time scholarship, please visit Part-time Student Completion Award to learn more about this merit scholarship.


Transfer Students

If you're a prospective transfer student who would like to learn about Hunter's Transfer Achievement scholarship, visit Transfer Achievement Scholarship (TAS) to learn more about this merit scholarship.


The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

If you:

  • Are a matriculated undergraduate degree student
  • At least 25 years of age
  • Are enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits
  • Completed at least 24 credits at Hunter with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Completed at least 60 credits towards the degree
  • Demonstrate financial need for 2017- 2018

You may be eligible for The Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship. To apply, please visit The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.


Scholarship & Welfare Fund

If you're a continuing student who would like to learn about the Scholarship & Welfare Fund please contact the Scholarship & Welfare Fund located in Hunter College.


Macaulay Students & the Macaulay Scholarship

If you're a Macaulay Student who would like to learn about the Macaulay Tuition Scholarships, visit Macaulay Student Handbook- Financial Aid. If you are a current student and have concerns regarding an award please contact the Office of Financial Aid.


NYC Council Merit Scholarship

If you're a recipient of the NYC Council Merit Scholarship you are to follow your eligibility requirement each term. To learn about the NYC Council Merit Scholarship, visit New York City Scholarships to learn more about the eligibility requirements and pursuit and progress.


Office of Perstiguous Scholaships & Fellowships

If you're a prospective student who would like to learn about Hunter's Perstiguous Scholaships, visit Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships to learn more about the various academic and merit scholarships we offer for students.


International Students

If you're a prospective international student who would like to learn about Hunter's International Students Scholaships, visit International Student Services to learn more about the various academic and merit scholarships we offer for international students.

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