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Scholarships and Grants

Paying for a life-changing education doesn't have to mean breaking the bank.

York College financial aid includes scholarships, grants, student employment and loans. We encourage you and your family to apply for financial aid to determine how York College can assist with your educational investment. By filing the FAFSA, you are automatically considered for all forms of aid at York College. Students who begin their enrollment in the 2018-19 academic year may receive one of the following scholarship awards. 

Want automatic consideration for scholarships? Get your application in today.

 YCP open house October 2016
York College Waldner Performing Arts Center in the fall

Recognizing your outstanding achievements Merit Scholarships

We consider first-time students for merit scholarships and grants based upon their complete applications. How do you maximize your merit award? It's straight-forward: The better you do in the classroom, the better the award. Every accepted York College student will be eligible for a merit award, further decreasing the cost of a college that's already a tremendous value! We'd be glad to discuss how your award was calculated once you receive your award letter.
  • Scholarships and grants for first-time students range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • You'll be notified of your award level after being admitted to York College of Pennsylvania. This makes it even more important to get your application in!
  • Additional financial assistance is available through completing the FAFSA and listing York College as a recipient of information.
  • Financial aid awards will be available no later than November 15, 2017, for Early Decision students. Regular student financial aid awards will be mailed beginning December 1, 2017.

Competitive scholarships available at York College Scholarship opportunities

  • Alumni Scholarship

    Amount Varies

    • Awarded to students who have an Alumnus/a relative (parent, grandparent, sibling, or other blood relative or non-blood relationships that are valid for eligibility are spouses and stepparents)
    • Scholarship consideration is based on financial need and other extenuating financial circumstances
    • All applicants must have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, excluding incoming freshman
    • All applicants must complete the necessary forms for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office of York College to determine your financial need
    • All applicants must submit a letter of reference from their alumni sponsor, if one is not already on file in the Alumni Relations Office
    • Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and recipients must reapply each year
    • Applications are available each Spring semester beginning January 20 with a deadline of March 30
    • Contract the Alumni Office for questions and the application
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to qualify
    • All information is subject to changes in the federal/state regulations and York College policy
    • Please note: the Alumni Scholarship would be in addition to any of the above merit awards
    • Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2018 - Please check back at a later date for the scholarship application.

    For more information, visit the Alumni Relations page

  • Eisenhart Community Scholars

    Up to 5 awards at $5,000 each per year 

    The Eisenhart Community Engagement Scholars Program educates, prepares, and inspires students to become agents of change in their communities and society. Students will be given mentored opportunities to study and develop genuine partnerships with local community agencies over the course of their time in the program. This supports the College’s mission element of community engagement and outreach by fostering connections among the College, its students and faculty, and our community. The program encourages students to pursue their interests and to meet their educational goals while making a difference in the greater York community. In addition, the program will nurture students’ skills in management, community organizing, leadership, networking, fundraising, and other skills that can apply to whatever profession they choose. Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to qualify.

    Apply for the Eisenhart Scholarship - Now available for 2018 incoming freshmen.

    The program seeks motivated, energetic students who have demonstrated:

    • A commitment to the common good and to their community
    • The ability to work in teams as well as independently toward those aims
    • A desire to engage in co-curricular, community service/learning activities
    • The leadership experience to manage students in service projects and initiatives
    • Empathy toward diverse people and diverse situations
    • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

    Award Details

    • Scholarships will be awarded for not more than four years
    • Specific experiential learn courses and/or two community service related internships are required
    • Students will complete a First-Year seminar that is dedicated to learning the principles of community service
    • Students will engage in at least 30 hours of community service projects per semester
    • The student will maintain a minimum 2.5 gpa and show satisfactory academic progress to retain award
    • Student will develop a service portfolio that collects and reflects upon the impact of community-based work, and meet regularly with other Eisenhart Scholars
    • Students will be expected to represent the College and the community with distinction and respect
  • The Doris and Bernard Gordon Scholarship

    Our Gordon Scholarship program is an incentive for Jewish leaders on campus! Four Gordon scholarships are awarded each year, contributing thousands of dollars annually toward the education of selected students. Gordon scholars commit to leading programs in Jewish life.

    Apply today:

  • The Sanjay Parekh International Merit Scholarship

    The scholarship ranges between $8,000 and $16,000 (over 4 years) and is awarded based on the student’s secondary school academic achievement

    • Open to first time full time resident students seeking F-1 student visa status applying for an undergraduate degree
    • Applicants must be accepted by June 1st to be considered
    • Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by mid June
    • Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA or equivalent to be considered
    • Applicants must qualify for an I-20 certificate of eligibility for F-1 status
    • Scholarship award is for eight full-time semesters, excluding summers and study abroad, toward one undergraduate degree
    • Recipients must maintain a 2.75 grade point average and live on campus housing in order to continue receiving the scholarship
    • All information is subject to changes in the federal/state regulations and York College policy
    • Students under disciplinary suspension lose future merit scholarship eligibility
  • Richard L. Mohatt Excellence in Music Scholarship

    Amount Varies

    • Awarded to students with talent in vocal and instrumental music and musical theatre regardless of major
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to qualify
    • Student must be full-time. Music majors are not eligible (and are instead eligible for the Vincent Risley scholarship).
    • All information is subject to changes in the federal/state regulations and York College policy
    • Scholarships may be renewed for students maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5

    Have questions? Contact Dr. Grace Muzzo (Coordinator, Division of Music), at

    Applications will be accepted beginning January 15, 2018, with priority given to applications received by March 30, 2018. 

  • York College Raise.Me Micro-scholarship Program

    We partnered with to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning money for college beginning in the 9th grade. You can accumulate up to $6,500 in micro-scholarships per year. York College will guarantee a minimum scholarship amount equal to the amount of the Raise.Me micro-scholarships. If the student is awarded total York College funds in excess of the Raise.Me total, funds will not be added to the York College total. If the York College total is less than the Raise.Me total, funds will be added to the York College total to equal the Raise.Me total.

  • Vincent Risley Scholarship- For Students with a Majors/Minor in Music

    Amount Varies

    • Awarded to students with a major or minor in music
    • Audition required
    • After a successful audition, students are considered
    • Satisfactory progress in the music program is required to renew the award
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to qualify
    • All information is subject to changes in the federal/state regulations and York College policy
    • Please note: the Vincent Risley Scholarship would be in addition to any of the above merit awards
    • Learn more about auditioning in the Division of Music
  • Transfer Merit Scholarship

    Ranges from $1,000 to $4,500 per year

    Scholarship award is for up to three years, (six full-time, continuous semesters, excluding summers and Study Abroad), toward one undergraduate degree. You'll be automatically considered once you complete your application. Notification for eligible students begins in December 2017.

    • Full-time accepted transfer students
    • A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to three years (six full-time, continuous semesters, excluding summers)
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to qualify
    • Students under disciplinary suspension lose future merit scholarship eligibility
    • All information is subject to change in the federal/state regulations and York College policy

    Additional scholarships are available for transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members. More information is available by contacting Katie Schwienteck, Directo of Transfer Admissions, at


  • Tuition Exchange Program

    Full Tuition and general fees for up to 8 full-time fall/spring semesters

    • Student must have a parent employed and deemed eligible by a member institution of either the Tuition Exchange, Inc. (TE, Inc.) or the Council of Independent Colleges – Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP)
    • The employer’s Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer can provide specific eligibility requirements
    • Admission to York College of PA is the only requirement for consideration
    • Three CIC-TEP Scholarships are awarded each fall to incoming freshman on a first-come/first-served basis
    • Transfer students can be considered for a CIC-TEP Scholarship if a scholarship from their freshman year has gone unclaimed
    • Five or more TE, Inc. Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshman and transfer students
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required to renew the scholarship each year
    • Replaces any other merit based award
    • Exchange scholarships may not be used for part-time study (< 12 credits), summer courses, study abroad, or graduate studies
    • Exchange scholarships do not cover semesters in which a major requires study at another institution and tuition is paid to that institution (directly or through YCP)
    • Additional information is obtainable from the YCP Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer, Prof. Rick Osborn
Contact Us
Financial Aid Office
Miller Administration Building, Room 138
Phone: 717.815.1282
M - F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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