Scholarships, Awards & Military Benefits

We understand that affordability is a key consideration for many as they consider their college choices. We encourage you to review all of our scholarships and awards so you can understand how affordable a Norwich education can be. Norwich University awards combinations of financial aid from multiple sources under structured awarding policies. A student is awarded under the university awarding policy that will provide them with the most funding in combination.

Unless otherwise designated in the award description, gift aid awarded by Norwich University may pay for tuition, fees, room and board and other university expenses. Norwich University scholarships and grants are not tuition-specific but are intended to pay for billed charges and not external costs to the university. Norwich financial aid will be reduced if combinations of grants and scholarships from all sources exceed the billed charges and may be adjusted when tuition based external awards are given.  Tuition based external awards and scholarships are taken into consideration first in awarding policies.

Students receiving tuition benefits provided by Norwich University or its partners are not eligible for additional awards from Norwich sources.

Institutional aid is subject to modification due to verification, change in billable charges, change in Expected Family Contribution (EFC), availability of federal, state, and institutional funds, changes in tuition and room and board charged by the university, satisfactory academic progress, registration status, change in lifestyle or major, eligibility for tuition remission/exchange or receipt of aid from outside sources or government agencies. Students approved to live off campus are not charged room and board; financial aid, including scholarship awards, is adjusted according to the new billed charges.

These awards are reviewed on an annual basis.

Academic Awards 

Eligibility: Eligibility for these awards is based on cumulative grade-point average as calculated during the admissions process. For students applying directly from high school, the awards will be calculated based on their high school grade-point average (GPA). Awards for college students who transfer for the spring semester of their first year of college will also be calculated based on their high school grade-point average. College students who transfer after the spring semester of their first year will have scholarships calculated based on their college grade-point average.

Students who do not receive outside scholarships are typically eligible for the maximum value of the academic award below. All institutional awards are subject to modification depending on the combination of awards that a student is eligible for.

Award Levels for Fall 2023 and Later

Presidential Award

Up to $30,000 per year for four years. 3.60 or greater

Provost Award

Up to $28,000 per year for four years. 3.40-3.599

Trustee Award

Up to $27,000 per year for four years.3.0-3.399

Dean’s Award

Up to $25,000 per year for four years. 2.550-2.999

Academic Recognition Award

Up to $23,000 per year for four years. Awarded for academic potential by recommendation of the Admissions Office.

Service/Leadership Awards

Alden Partridge Scholarship 

Students bringing a three-year Army ROTC scholarship or NROTC Preparatory Program scholarship to Norwich will be awarded a one-year contracted scholarship of Norwich tuition and fees for their first year on campus.  Students pay for uniform, books and medical insurance, if needed.

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Future Leader Camp Award (up to $4,000)

Students who attend a Norwich University Future Leader Camp (FLC) as rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors may be eligible for a Future Leader Camp Scholarship valued at $1,000 each year for a total of $4,000 over four years of study.

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JROTC Leadership Award (up to $16,000)

Each Junior ROTC unit may nominate up to three students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in their JROTC unit and show leadership potential for the JROTC Leadership Award. This award has three levels, valued at $4,000 per year, for a total of $16,000 over a four year course of study; $3,000 per year, for a total of $12,000 over a four-year course of study; and $2,000 per year, for a total of $8,000 over a four-year course of study.

 NOMINATE


Legacy Award (up to $1,000)

Any child, spouse, parent, sibling, niece/nephew, or cousin of a Norwich graduate may receive the Legacy Scholarship, valued at $1,000 toward their first year of study. Applicants must select their Legacy status on their application.


Naval ROTC Preparatory Award (up to full tuition and fees)

The NROTC Preparatory Award is awarded to a select group of potential midshipmen. Interested students must apply for this scholarship. This is a five-year program, with Norwich covering the first year of tuition and fees through a combination of Norwich gift aid. These students will have a four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship reserved for them by the U.S. Navy if they complete program requirements during the first year.

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Visit Awards

Visit Award (up to $1,000)

Students who visit the Northfield, Vermont campus on an official Admissions visit are eligible for a $1,000 Visit Award toward their first year of study.

VISIT NU


Virtual Visit Award  ($500)

This award is available to students who attend either an official Admissions visit virtually or attend one-hour or more of Virtual Open House live sessions. Students will receive $500 toward their first year of study.  

REGISTER


Additional Financial Aid Opportunities

Need-Based Grants

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid  is used to determine eligibility for need-based grants from Norwich University for domestic students and estimates grant amounts from student’s state of origin if applicable. Student must show demonstrated need as defined by Federal Student Aid.

PLEASE NOTE: Norwich University Grants and Awards are funded in part by generous gifts from Norwich University alumni, family and friends. Donor and student recipients are matched based upon shared history, values, abilities and merits. Once your donor has been identified, your Norwich University Grant will be replaced with the endowed fund named in honor of the individual(s) who has committed to investing in your success here at Norwich. We hold in highest esteem those who have come before us, and in appreciation of their gift, recipients of endowed funds will be asked to compose a letter of thanks and create a profile that highlights your experiences on campus. You will also be invited to attend an award luncheon where you may network with fellow recipients and donors.

**If there are special or unusual circumstances impacting your family that you feel are not well represented on your FAFSA, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss documenting this through our Special Circumstances Review process. 

Federal Work-Study

Federal work-study is a need-based form of financial aid that encourages part-time employment. Students work on campus and receive funds in the form of a biweekly paycheck as awards are earned.

Summer Research Fellowships (up to $4,800 per period)

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to support creative or scholarly projects. Enrolled students may apply for these faculty-mentored fellowships at either a six-week ($3,000) or 10-week ($4,8​00) commitment level. More information is available here.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Norwich employs undergraduate research fellows in many of our Academic Centers, to include the Center for Global Resilience and Security, the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center, the Writing Center, and the Norwich Humanities Initiative. Undergraduate Fellows earn an hourly wage while participating in high-impact educational opportunities with agencies such as NASA, the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Department and the Vermont Biomedical Research Network. For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Research.

Apprentice Grants

Norwich University provides undergraduates with high-impact learning experiences and gives faculty support for specific research projects and curriculum development initiatives through the apprentice program. The goals of apprenticeships are to introduce students to professional life while developing their communication, analytical, writing and/or research skills. Apprentice Grants are awarded for a single semester, an academic year, or summer. Amounts vary based on the apprenticeship.  Enrolled students can contact the Office of Academic Research for additional information.  

Veteran Education Benefits and Yellow Ribbon

Programs for Veterans and Military Service Members

Veterans Affairs education benefits are either earned by the student or transferred to the student. To start transferring benefits, the service member who earned them must apply to the Veterans Affairs Department. This can be done through eBenefits. Students using Veterans Benefits (Post-9/11, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.) are awarded financial aid under the packaging policy for which they are most eligible for the most combined funding.  

Norwich University is a participating member of the Defense Department’s Yellow Ribbon Program which helps ensure veteran benefit eligible students receive full consideration for funding. Only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements are entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100% based on length of active-duty service or service-connected disability since 9/11) may receive this funding. The Yellow Ribbon match at Norwich may be applied to any program offered on the Northfield, Vermont campus as well as those online through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Norwich University does not cap the number of participants who may receive the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship. 

Students who notify Norwich of eligibility for veterans benefit funding after being notified of their initial academic scholarship and grant eligibility, will be reevaluated according to the packaging policy that in combination with other sources of financial aid provides them with the most total funding.  Please refer to the general Norwich University awarding polices and the specific policies for each award provided by Norwich University.  As an example, Norwich University Academic Awards may be adjusted to a level below the maximum according to the academic award policy. In all cases, combinations of aid from all sources are constrained to billable costs (tuition, fees, room and board).

Veteran Education Benefits and Yellow Ribbon Example

First year student who was initially awarded for the 22-23 year according to standard financial aid eligibility. At the time of student’s award, we were not aware of their VA benefit.Same student after they provided a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) that reflected a post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit at 100% eligibility for 24 months. Once their file was re-worked to include the benefit, their full cost of Tuition and Fees was covered. Norwich also provided a portion of the original Provost Award to help with Room & Board.
Provost Award $26,000 Ipad Award $550 Fall Webinar Award $500 Federal Unsubsidized Loan $5500 Total Aid $32,550VA Chapter 33 $26,042 VA Ribbon $11,172 NU Ribbon $11,172 Provost Award $5,394 Federal Unsubsidized Loan $5500 Total Aid $59,280

To learn more about education benefit programs for veterans and the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department website, www.va.gov

For more information about Veterans Affairs at Norwich, visit www.norwich.edu/va

Using the Military Benefits You've Earned

The U.S. Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program can assist with the cost of tuition for Norwich University’s online programs to eligible active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel. The amount may not exceed $250/credit hour. You may even be able to combine TA money with funds from the GI Bill® to help offset the difference.

Norwich University directs Service members to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service and receive approval prior to enrollment at Norwich. Service members who are interested in using Tuition Assistance (TA) need to proceed to the appropriate website below after consulting with their Education Services Officer/Counselor and having their TA account created:

Tuition Assistance point of contact at Norwich University

Shaun McCaughey   
Associate Registrar   
smccaugh@norwich.edu   
Phone: 802-485-3305   
Fax: 802-485-2533

Premier Awards

ROTC Scholarships

DID YOU KNOW?

ROTC: can cover part or all of tuition and fees Norwich: has an award that covers room and board

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs exist at hundreds of colleges and universities. However, Norwich University has been recognized as the birthplace of the program. 

Value:

Some students seek ROTC Scholarships before they attend college, which helps cover all or part of tuition and fees (Army ROTC and Naval ROTC scholarships generally cover full tuition and fees. AFROTC has varying scholarship amounts). In recognition of ROTC participation, and during enrollment periods in which ROTC funding covers full tuition and fees, Norwich University provides additional aid to cover on-campus room and board charges.

How to Start:

Students are tasked with asking questions, gathering information and getting their name out there. Start by exploring information on the individual service branch websites. Each branch has a unique ROTC Scholarship application process. It is helpful to start the application process your junior year of high school. If you’re not chosen straight out of high school, we encourage you to keep trying. There are plenty of chances to compete for scholarships and commissioning opportunities once college has started.

Service branches:

ROTC Scholarships and the Financial Aid Process:

Students who become eligible for ROTC funding after being notified of their initial academic awards and grant eligibility, will be re-awarded according to the ROTC policy.  Academic awards are not retained under the ROTC policy and other awards may be modified.  Federal Pell Grant eligible students retain their Pell Grant in addition to their ROTC funding. Students do not retain other Norwich aid (including academic awards) in addition to the ROTC, ID White, and Pell Grant. Students whose ROTC funding covers less than the full amount of tuition and fees (Air Force ROTC) are also repackaged with consideration of their ROTC funding limitations. For more information, contact by email  Financial Aid (nufinaid@norwich.edu).

Full Tuition Awards Received from Outside Sources

Students receiving outside scholarships that provide funding for full tuition or full tuition and fees, are awarded a grant in the amount of room and board charges from Norwich University when residing on campus. Federal and State aid will be awarded according to regulations if the student completes a FAFSA and/or state applications. Examples of full tuition scholarships include, NSF Service Awards and SMART Scholarships.

Tuition Remission/Benefits

Students who become eligible for tuition remission or tuition benefits provided by Norwich University or its partners after being notified of their initial academic scholarship and grant eligibility, will be reevaluated according to the packaging policy for which they are most eligible. All other aid is awarded based on state and federal guidelines.

Norwich Scholarships and Awards for Residential Master’s Candidates

During the Admissions process, Norwich University will evaluate each master’s candidate for Norwich scholarships*. In addition, residential students will be evaluated for need-based aid to help offset the cost of on-campus housing and fees. Each candidate will be provided a financial aid letter following this evaluation that details any scholarship and/or need-based funding offered by the university. Candidates may submit competing award offers in accordance with Norwich University’s Affordability Commitment.

*On-campus graduate-level scholarships are not additive. If two or more NU-based scholarships are awarded to a student, only the highest award amount will be applied to the student’s record.

Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship for any of Norwich's on-campus graduate programs. The scholarship is awarded for each semester of enrollment at $850 per semester. 

Active-Duty Military Scholarship

Active-duty, guard and reserve personnel, to include honorably discharged and retired veterans, are eligible for the Military Scholarship for any of Norwich's on-campus master’s degree programs. The Military Scholarship is not transferrable to dependents. The scholarship is awarded for each semester of enrollment at $500 per semester.  

Federal Loans 

The Federal Direct Loan Program offers Unsubsidized Loans to graduate students. Unsubsidized Loans accrue interest immediately after they are disbursed; however, repayment typically begins six months after the student's last class. You can apply for Federal Loans by completing the FAFSA. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Distance Education Aid Opportunities

Online Students at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Students obtaining degrees in our online degree programs are considered for a variety of scholarship awards based on their admission application through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Campus-based students who transfer to an online program will have their aid repackaged per online program aid policy. Merit Awards and Norwich-funded Grants are not transferrable toward online coursework. Click here for more detailed information regarding scholarships available for online degree completion and graduate studies.

Additional Scholarships

Outside scholarships are offered through a variety of foundations/agencies that we hope will also be of assistance. This is by no means an all-inclusive list.

Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit (ng.mil)  

The Vermont National Guard offers scholarships to active-duty members who meet their eligibility criteria. Norwich students can complete their Drill weekends on campus, without having to find transportation to a unit elsewhere. Students in the National Guard also receive training slots that allow training to be completed over the summer. 

Vermont Nursing Workforce Incentive Loan Program (Interest-free and forgivable)

VSAC and the Vermont Department of Health have teamed up to offer a program that covers up to $16,280 to qualified recipients pursuing a nursing career in Vermont.

Vermont Teacher Forgivable Loan Program

Funded by the Vermont Legislature, the Vermont Teacher Forgivable Loan Program covers up to $16,280 (which may also cover room, board, books and supplies) for qualified recipients enrolled in a program that leads to a degree or certificate in education and a teaching license with an emphasis on encouraging Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color, new Americans, and other historically underrepresented communities.

Funding is awarded to qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been depleted.

Clean Energy Experts Scholarship Program 

The Clean Energy Experts Scholarship program offers a single $1,000 grant to assist with educational expenses, such as tuition, textbooks, computer equipment, housing, and other related expenses to the recipient’s studies. Eligible applicants are undergraduate students attending an accredited college or university in the United States and planning to be enrolled in classes during 2023.

Citizen's Bank Scholarship Program 

Citizens wants to honor the dedication of students and families pursuing higher learning! Visit the link to check out the registration form to be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $15,000 to use towards school expenses and one of the $2,500 monthly prizes for use towards school expenses. Additionally, each quarter a student who meets the required criteria for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Prize will be eligible to win a $2,500 quarterly prize for use towards school expenses. 

Department of Defense SMART Program 

SMART offers scholarships for undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students pursuing a STEM degree. 

Google

Students interested in/majoring in computer science.

Intel 

Full-time students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Material Science, who are members (or descendants of members) of a Native American tribe.

Measurement Science Conference

US Citizens currently enrolled in an engineering, science or quality assurance degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Sage IT

Sage IT, a leader in Digital Business Transformation and Optimization, is happy to announce a great scholarship grant opportunity of $1000 for your students that will be awarded semi-annually with the winner of the next edition to be announced on World Down Syndrome Day in March 2024. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2024.

The challenge-to-win is an article writing contest on “What Are the Next-Gen Innovations in Assistive Technology? How Are These Innovations Helping Differently Abled People to Bridge the Digital Divide and Career Gaps?” and the winner gets a scholarship of USD 1,000.

SME Education Foundation

High school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing degrees in manufacturing or engineering.

Sports Gear Swag

Offering a one-time scholarship reward of $1000 to one outstanding university student. The scholarship requires students to create and submit a 500-word essay describing The Benefits of Playing Sports Competitively. More details can be found here: https://www.sportsgearswag.com/scholarship 

CodeWizardsHQ Educational Scholarship

Offering $2,500 to High school seniors and incoming college freshmen, 3.5 GPA or higher. Priority to STEM program applicans. Application requirements: Students will need to submit proof of eligibility (FAFSA, proof of income, or tax return), a recommendation letter, a 600-word statement of purpose, a resume, and an unofficial transcript. Option to submit a 2-minute video. https://www.codewizardshq.com/scholarship/

Students may access a number of nationally available private scholarship opportunities at www.fastweb.com and www.finaid.org