You can do this. It's literally in our mission to ensure the Aquinas College educational experience is affordable and accessible. Explore our scholarship opportunities for first-year students, continuing education students, and graduate students. 

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First-Year Student Scholarships

Welcome to college! See what opportunities are available specifically to incoming freshman at Aquinas College from merit awards to competitive scholarships.

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Graduate and Continuing Education Scholarships

Some of our scholarships are created specifically for Continuing Education and Graduate students. Explore opportunites for you.

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Endowed Scholarships

AwardSpring is Aquinas College's online database and application for scholarships that are privately funded/endowed. These scholarships are available for current Aquinas students. Incoming freshmen/transfers are automatically considered based on their admissions application and FAFSA information.

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Outside Scholarships

There are plenty of scholarships you can apply for that come from outside of our institution. From prestigious foundations to local businesses, there are opportunities abound to fund your education here at Aquinas College. We've compiled some excellent resources so you can explore all the opportunities available to you.


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Athletic Scholarships

Each year the athletic department awards a number of partial scholarships to individuals who excel in a particular sport. Recommendations are made by the coaches and approved by the athletic director. The awards are renewable as long as the student meets the criteria outlined in the Athletic Letter of Intent.

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Legacy Scholarships

The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to full-time traditional-age first year and transfer students who are children, stepchildren, grandchildren or siblings of alumni to Aquinas College or whose parents, stepparents or grandparents have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Aquinas College.

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Global Student Scholarships

Each year the Coordinator of Global Recruitment recommends high-quality foreign students for academic scholarships. Aquinas recognizes these students with awards ranging from $15,000 - $20,000. Renewal of these scholarships is based upon the student's maintaining good academic standing with the College.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Transfer Scholarships

Traditional age students transferring from another college may receive a Transfer Merit Scholarship. The student is considered for the scholarship at the time of application to Aquinas College. This scholarship is only for traditional age students.

GPA Scholarship Amount
3.68 - above $17,000
3.30 - 3.67 $15,000
3.00 - 3.29 $13,000
Under 3.0 $11,000


Fostering Success Scholarships

In an effort to remove barriers to higher education for young adults aging out of the Michigan Foster Care System, Aquinas College has created the "Fostering Success" Scholarship Initiative. This initiative will ensure that total assistance from scholarships and grants (including ETV funds, see below) will cover tuition, room, board and book costs for up to two prospective students each academic year.

  • Selection of up to two recipients will be made by the "Fostering Success" Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship selection will be made upon review of application for admission materials after deadline of April 1.
  • Scholarship is for incoming freshmen.
  • Student must be in the Michigan foster care system at the time of high school graduation or be in foster care when student turned 18.
  • Scholarship (tuition, room, board, books and activity fees) and housing will be for the academic year only. Summer classes, parking and other fees or expenses will be the responsibility of the Foster Care Scholarship recipient.
  • Aquinas will cover academic costs only (as determined by the International Student Programs Coordinator and Director of Financial Aid) for students who wish to participate in one of Aquinas' International Programs.
  • Scholarship is renewable each year (up to a maximum of five years) as long as the student maintains full-time status and demonstrates satisfactory academic progress.
  • Up to two scholarships available.

  • Complete an application for admission and submit all necessary paperwork, including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.
  • Complete an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Application with the State of Michigan each semester (ETV funds will be used to offset Aquinas tuition, room and board and activity fees). After completion of your first semester, you must file the Re-determination Application. Compliance is necessary to avoid charges being directly billed to the student. Contact ETV administrators at 1-877-660-6388 with any questions.
  • Have achieved a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale at time of admission.
  • Present ACT Composite of 22 or above or SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics) score of 1100 or higher.
  • Be residents in the State of Michigan.
  • File a FAFSA prior to the March 1 deadline every year.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Aquinas College Catalog (according to both academic and financial aid policies).
  • Live on campus or commute from their current foster care home (on-campus housing may not be available during Christmas break).
  • Attend scheduled STAR and Orientation sessions.
  • Work no more than 15 hours per week during the freshmen year.
  • Participate in academic monitoring with designated advisor (meeting twice before mid-term breaks).
  • Have a class attendance rate above 95% (any exception must be approved by designated advisor).
  • Sign release to allow an Aquinas representative to speak with case worker and/or guidance counselor at high school.

Departmental Scholarships