This page is for undergraduates currently enrolled at UNH Durham. If you are considering enrolling at UNH as a new freshmen or transfer, contact the UNH Financial Aid Office to determine what type of assistance may be available for you.
The major sources of scholarship and grant aid for continuing students at UNH are:
- Federal Grants (links to Financial Aid website)
- University Scholarships and Grants (links to Financial Aid website)
- College and Department Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships
There are also a number of student awards and scholarships that are available through UNH offices/organizations. Also, check out the resources and services available through CFAR for funding your undergraduate education. In addition, consider undergraduate research as a way financing your academic interests while simultaneously furthering your skills and experience. Furthermore, the UNH Fellowships Office assists high-achieving students to apply for national and international scholarship awards. Lastly, you can learn to be a millionaire by following the financial advice from C.A.S.H.!
The Financial Aid Office (bottom floor, Stoke Hall) is the University resource/clearing house for need-based aid. Based on information you provide through the FAFSA, this office awards you need-based aid. This aid includes Federal Grants, College Work Study, and Loans (read more about them in this pdf document from the US Department of Education). In addition, this office administers/provides information about University Scholarships and Grants.
The Financial Aid Office also maintains a web page about outside scholarships available to UNH students. Check out this site several times each semester, as updated information comes in throughout the year and the awards have varying deadlines.
For information about grants,scholarships, and fellowships not based solely on financial need, continuing students may contact their academic department and college. Generally, this aid is contingent upon merit (academic performance) or a combination of merit and other factors such as academic field of study, leadership ability, residence, and/or financial need.
- The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), Paul School of Business and Economics, and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) use a single scholarship application for all majors available through their Deans'/Advising Offices. These applications are typically available early spring semester.
- The College of Liberal Arts (LA) and The School of Health and Human Services (HHS) have no central scholarship application process. In LA and HHS it is especially important to work with your faculty advisor, department chairperson, and Dean's Office to determine what assistance may be available for students in major and college.
- The UNH Honors Program makes available merit scholarships for students enrolled in that program.
Regardless of your school/college, speak with your college advisor, department chairperson, and/or Dean's Office to find out what assistance may be available through your department/college. These are the people who best know you and the resources for your major and college. Moreover, it's critical to get to know the faculty in your department, for they may serve as future references for you and/or sponsors of your undergraduate research. Ask your advisor and department faculty members about professional organizations and scholarly societies that may provide scholarship or grant assistance related to your major.
Other UNH student scholarship resources include:
- The Division of Student and Academic Services sponsors a number of student awards and scholarships. These awards typically stress extracurricular activities and/or community service and require a UNH Faculty/Staff/TA reference. The deadline is typically March 1 for the following academic year.
- The Parents Association awards separate endowed scholarships in addition to its student award scholarships that are accessed via the above link. These scholarships are based largely on financial need, evidenced by a student’s FAFSA submission and EFC score as well as based on a student’s working to make financial contributions to his/her education and/or a commitment to community service. GPA is also considered. Typical award is $3000. Deadline: March 1 for following academic year.
- The UNH Alumni Association provides scholarships that recognize students who have made contributions to the enrichment of the campus community and the Alumni Association’s annual tuition drawing.
- The University Community Scholarship (approx.$4500) is based on community involvement and academic merit. Requires two letters supporting the application. Contact Holly Young, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: typically early April for following academic year.
- The TEACH Grant Program is a federally-funded program administered through the UNH Department of Education. For undergraduate/graduate students committed to an elementary or secondary school teaching career -- applicants must meet and adhere to strict program requirements.
- The NOYCE Teacher Scholarship program provides fellowships for freshmen and sophomores, full tuition for juniors and seniors, and funding for graduate study in teaching K-12 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applications due November 1 or March 1.
- The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research offers an array of student fellowships (grants) and stipends realted to academic year and summer research, study abroad and other academic activities. In many instances, you can earn academic credit and receive a fellowship/stipend.
- The McNair Graduate Opportunity Program offers academic year internship and summer fellowship experiences for eligible students planning an advanced degree.
The UNH Fellowships Office (Hood House) provides information, advising and application support for high-achieving, undergraduate and graduate students seeking to apply for national and international scholarship and fellowship awards.
- CashCourse UNH runs money management workshops, answers questions about managing debt, and provides information about savings and how to become a millionaire! It also has a link for a free credit report.
- SmartAboutMoney.org provides a number of handouts about college financial literacy, including 40 Money Management Tips for College students (link to pdf).