Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships
Grants, scholarships, and fellowship funds come from various programs both inside and outside of the University. They may have a variety of requirements not related to financial need. Foundations, alumni and many University scholarship and fellowship funds are awarded by committees of the University’s schools and colleges in cooperation with Financial Aid. If interested, you should contact your school, college or The Office of Financial Aid. Full-time enrollment is usually required by agencies that award private scholarships. If you are awarded for less than full-time enrollment, the donor must inform the the Office of Financial Aid in writing.
What's on this page?
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program for undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) based on a standard formula established by Congress. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will tell you if you are eligible for a Pell Grant. Award amounts vary, are based on financial need, and the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. The maximum amount is set each year. For correct information click here.
ISIR Correction Procedures
If it is deemed necessary that corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR) are necessary, you will receive written notification from the Office of Financial Aid. Corrections may be made as follows:
- By making the corrections on Part II of the SAR and return it directly to the FAFSA processor at the address provided at the end of the SAR document.
- By visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. (Note: Students cannot update their social security number or their date of birth electronically. Students must have a PIN number, assigned by the U.S. Department of Education to make changes on this site).
- By seeking the advice of a financial aid representative at Howard University, the correction will be transmitted electronically to the U.S. Department of Education. It is our recommendation that you speak with a financial aid representative at Howard University before you make any corrections to your original SAR document.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federally funded program administered by the University to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients. You can receive from $100 to $4000 per academic year. There is no guarantee that all eligible students will receive an SEOG because funds are limited and are awarded based on the availability of funds at the University.
The Howard University Trustee Tuition Scholarship is primarily merit-based award that recognizes high academic achievement within individual schools and colleges. Each Dean determines the 1) application process, 2) selection process and 3) any additional criteria for this award. No award is guaranteed as these funds are limited and no school/college is required to make Trustee scholarship awards each academic year.
Base criteria for awarding Trustee Scholarships by schools and colleges are:
- Eligible applicants must be enrolled as full-time students
- Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average based on full-time enrollment for the prior academic year (the minimum of 12 credits for full-time status will not include credits from courses in the Center for Academic Reinforcement)
- The Scholarship may be adjusted based on receipt of other tuition awards
- Demonstrated financial need may be considered
- Award amounts are in any amount up to tuition
- Awards may not be issued via refund or pay for any expense (including fees) outside of tuition
Four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships are available based on academic merit and medical eligibility. Scholarship students are selected through national and on-campus processes. Once selected, students receive tuition, fees, books, and a subsistence allowance of up to $150 per month for up to 40 months. During enrollment in ROTC, students complete 33 credits of instruction and a varying number of hours of professional training. Upon completion of ROTC and graduation, they receive a commission in the U.S. Army or Air Force. Their compulsory service must be on Active Duty or with the Reserve or National Guard component of their branch of service. For more information contact Howard University Army, Air Force, ROTC department. Reconsider "small" scholarships when you look at the thousands of dollars you will probably spend on your education, a "small" scholarship, such as one worth $200, may not seem worth the effort. Yet, if you take the time to fill out the application, use two hours to complete an essay, then get the scholarship, you have just earned $100 an hour!
The Frederick Douglass Scholars Program
Funds academically talented new students (minimum GPA 3.5) who wish to pursue doctoral studies at Howard University and who have interest in college or university teaching. The Douglass Scholar may receive up to $75,000 in stipend support over a five-year period (annual stipend $15,000), full tuition remission and $1,000 annual research allowance. Fellows will pursue full-time graduate study and research, and will participate in supervised faculty development and teaching activities. Fellows are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward a degree.
The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Scholars Program
Funds full-time students who are recommended by the dean's office. They must maintain a 3.5 GPA or better. These students are required to provide a personal statement of career goals and aspirations.
Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen and file a FASFA for that academic year.
Transfer Scholarship Program
The Howard University Transfer Scholarship is a limited and competitive program designed to provide financial assistance to prospective transfer applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement while attending an accredited community college or other post-secondary institution and wish to complete their undergraduate studies at Howard University.
To be eligible for consideration, prospective transfer applicants must have at least 30 transferable credit hours at the time of admission and at least a 3.25 grade point average from their transferring institution.
The Transfer scholarship is a one-time award of $10,000 only offered in the fall semester.
If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible for Veterans Benefits. For more information about military benefits, contact the Office of Special Student Services. If you are receiving educational benefits, you are required to report them on your FAFSA. Although Veterans Benefits will not effect your eligibility for a Pell Grant, they are used when determining your eligibility for other types of aid.
How to Start a Scholarship Search
- Search the World Wide Web (WWW) for scholarship opportunities.
You can go to Fast Web at http://www.fastweb.com for a free search
- Contact any business, civic, fraternal or religious organizations that you or your family belong to and ask if they offer scholarships.
- Ask your high school administrative or counseling staff for information on scholarships that might be available to alumni.
- Contact your local library for further resource information.
- Check the Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Bulletin Board
- Frequently check the Office of Financial Aid face book page by searching: ‘Howard University Office of Financial Aid‘
- Howard University is a proud member institution of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Click the link for information on scholarship opportunities.
- Howard University is a proud member institution of the Gates Millenium Scholars Program. Click the link for information on scholarship opportunities.