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Scholarships and Grants

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

At York, we help you find the best fit – of loans, grants, scholarships, and other support – for you as an individual student and for your family. We encourage you to apply for financial aid to help determine how York College can assist with your educational investment. By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are automatically considered for all forms of aid from York, on top of generous merit scholarships, and the scholarship opportunities outline on this page.

Applications for York's competitive scholarships, for the 2023-24 academic year, will open on November 1, 2022.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND SCHOLARS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT YORK COLLEGE.PAYING FOR YOUR DEGREE IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK.

  • Merit Scholarships

    First-Year Students

    We consider first-time students for merit scholarships and grants based upon their complete applications. How do you maximize your merit award? It's straightforward: 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 offer.
    • Scholarships and grants for first-time students range from $3,000 to $11,000 based on residency status.
    • 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 are available beginning November 15, 2022, for Early Decision students. Regular Decision student financial aid awards will be available starting in December 2022. If you're awaiting a financial award, make sure we have your FAFSA!
      • FAFSA Code: 003399

    Transfers Students

    The York College Transfer Merit 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. 

    • Merit scholarships for transfer students range from $1,000 to $7,000
    • 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)
    • The 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

    International Students

    The scholarship ranges between $2,000 and $9,000 (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
    • The 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

    Raise.Me

    We partnered with Raise.me 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.

  • Transfer Student Scholarships

    Transfer Merit Scholarship

    The scholarship ranges between $1,000 and $7,000 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. 

    • 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)
    • The 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

    Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship

    The PTK Scholarship award at York College 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. 

    • Full-time accepted transfer students who transfer to York College as a current member of the PTK Honor Society
    • Applicant must provide a copy of his/her current PTK certificate as part of the application process
    • 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)
    • The 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

    HACC Scholarship Program

    The HACC Scholarship award at York College 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. 

    • For Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) students who are enrolling full time at York College
    • Applicant must be transferring from HACC as their last college attended
    • Applicant must have at least 30 completed credits at HACC
    • Applicant must have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at HACC at the time of application review
    • 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)
    • The 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

    More information about scholarships is available by contacting Erica Schieler, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at eschieler@ycp.edu.

  • International Student Scholarships

    International Merit Scholarship

    The scholarship ranges between $2,000 and $9,000 per year, 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 qualify for an I-20 certificate of eligibility for F-1 status
    • The scholarship award is for eight full-time semesters, 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

    The Sanjay Parekh International Merit Scholarship

    The scholarship ranges between $2,000 and $4,000 per year, 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
    • The 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

     

  • Additional Scholarships

    Alumni Scholarship

    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 3.0 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
    • Contact the Alumni Office for questions and the application
    • The 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

    For more information, visit the Alumni Relations page.

    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.

    IMPACT York

    The Impact York program awards $4,000 ($1,000 for each year of participation) to qualified residential students from York County. Impact York engages students in community-based and project-based learning. Through a guided set of experiences, Impact York team members learn to address the needs of a community by participating in leadership training, developing innovation skills, and applying knowledge from their area of study to address real-world needs.

    To qualify for Impact York, you must:

    • Enroll at YCP starting in the fall of the same calendar year that you graduate from high school.
    • Be a graduate of a York County public or private high school, or be home-schooled with a York County resident address.
    • Attend York College as a residential, first-time student.

    Visit the Impact York webpage to learn more about the program.

    James L. Mohatt Excellence in Music Scholarship

    Scholarship amount varies.

    • Awarded to students with talent in vocal and instrumental music regardless of major
    • The 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 gmuzzo@ycp.edu.

    Presidential Research Fellowship Program

    Presidential Research Fellowship Scholarship recipients receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship, but that's just the start of the benefits of this exclusive, academically-challenging and rewarding program for high-performing students.

    Presidential Research Fellows:

    • Work closely with a faculty mentor
    • Design an original research project with other research fellows that will contribute new knowledge or new expression to a field of study.
    • Participate in interdisciplinary “high impact” learning opportunities — you will obtain a deeper learning of how your major relates to others
    • Submit to a peer-reviewed journal
    • Present at research conferences

    More information is available on the Presidential Research Fellowship page.

    Vincent Risley Scholarship

    Scholarship 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
    • 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

    York College Promise

    The York College Promise provides eligible graduates from York County high schools with an opportunity to attend college as part of a cohort of fellow program participants who will live and learn together on campus.  Students will receive personalized support with academic advising, work-study job opportunities, and free tuition toward their cost of attendance at York College. 

    • Students will be full-time, first-time students from York County.
    • Students must have graduated from a York County high school in good standing, or have been homeschooled in York County, with at least a 2.5 high school GPA.
    • Students must enroll at York College in the fall immediately following their high school graduation.
    • Students must be residential students, on campus, during their four years of college, and enrollment must be continuous every regular term.
    • Students must come from families whose Adjusted Gross Family Income, as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is $75,000 or less and eligible for a Pell Grant award. 
    • Students must complete at least 30 new credits toward degree completion each year, with a minimum college
      GPA of 2.0.
    • Enrollment must be full-time and continuous every regular term. 
    • Students must remain in good standing — academically, financially, and socially. 
    • Students must live on campus in assigned residential housing each regular term.

    Learn more about the York College Promise by visiting the York College Promise page.

  • Scholar Programs

    STEM Scholars

    This program will span the first 3 semesters of your degree. Both curricular (a common course each semester) and co-curricular (research projects, community outreach, etc.) activities will be part of your experiences in this special Learning Community. By applying to this program you are indicating that you understand the requirements of the STEM Scholars Program, and you are aware that your commitment to the STEM Scholars Program is for 3 semesters.
    • Be a first-time student at York College of Pennsylvania.
    • Show interest in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and/or math.
    • Demonstrate academic ability or promising potential in STEM (High School or Transfer GPA, SAT scores, and essay responses will be considered as part of the application).
    • Agree to enroll in the required courses for this learning community, including General Chemistry I lecture and lab, CHM 134/CHM 135.
    • Agree to live on campus for your first year as part of the residential learning community (there is limited space for commuters).

    Visit the STEM Scholars page to learn more about this program!

    Eisenhart Community Scholars

    The Eisenhart Community Scholars Program annually awards up to five $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year) to students driven by a desire to serve the community. The Eisenhart Scholars program educates, prepares, and inspires students to become agents of change in their communities and society. This program supports York College’s commitment to fostering connections among the College, its students and faculty, and our community, by encouraging participants to integrate community service into their academic studies.

    Eisenhart Scholars have the opportunity to receive guidance from mentors; develop genuine partnerships with local community agencies; and build skills in management, community organizing, leadership, networking, and fundraising. Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to qualify.

    Visit the Eisenhart Community Scholars webpage to learn more about the program and how to apply.

    Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows

    The Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows Program seeks individuals who demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and experience in implementing new ideas. These individuals are innovators who are passionate about identifying and fulfilling the needs of their community and who want to build an extraordinary life.

    Students accepted into the program have the opportunity to participate in funded trips abroad and to apply for grants to support innovative projects, business start-ups, professional development, and more. Graham Fellows also have 24/7 access to the Graham Innovation Zone (our on-campus makerspace), receive guidance from faculty and community mentors, and are invited to seminars and workshops that will help them develop key professional skills.

    Visit the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows webpage to learn more about the program and how to apply.

  • Tuition Exchange Program

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

    • The 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, Erica Schieler, Assistant Director of Financial Assistance, escheiler@ycp.edu
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