The information below on scholarships and financial aid awards at Drew University applies to undergraduate students entering Drew for the first time in the fall of 2016 and later. 

Financial Aid Facts

  • Drew provided more than $32 million in scholarships and grants to students in 2015.
  • Seventy percent of Drew students receive scholarships and grants from the University.
  • The average debt of Drew graduates is at the national average of $27,000.

Academic Scholarships

Drew offers three significant, merit-based academic scholarships. All applicants will be considered for these awards and no additional application is required.

I. Baldwin Honors Scholarship

Students invited to participate in the Baldwin Scholars Honors program receive an annual scholarship of $25,000.

The Baldwin Honors Scholarship is awarded to students who have earned approximately an A average while enrolled in their high school’s most rigorous college preparatory program. In addition, students must have a minimum SAT score in the low to mid-1200s (Critical Reading + Mathematics) or a total ACT score of 27.

After the successful completion of their first year at Drew, Baldwin Scholars are eligible receive an additional fellowship of up to $3,500 to support academically related initiatives including independent research, community service activities, internships, study abroad, writing, directing or producing an original play.

Students may retain their Baldwin Honors Scholarship by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher and will graduate with honors if they maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

II. Presidential Scholarship

Students who are awarded a Presidential Scholarship receive an annual scholarship of $20,000.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students with a high school GPA in the A- range in an honors curriculum. In addition, students must have an SAT score in the mid- to high 1100s (Critical Reading + Mathematics) or a total ACT score of 26. Students intending to major or participate in the performing or fine arts may submit a digital recording of musical or theatrical performances or a digital portfolio of art work in place of standardized testing results.

After successful completion of their first year, Presidential Scholars are eligible to receive an additional fellowship of up to $3,500 to support academically related initiatives including independent research, community service activities, internships, study abroad, writing, directing or producing an original play.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 at Drew in order to remain eligible for the Presidential Scholarship.

III. Dean’s Scholarship

Students who are awarded a Dean’s Scholarship receive an annual award of $15,000.

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to applicants with a minimum high school GPA in the B+ range in an honors curriculum. This scholarship is awarded entirely on the basis of high school academic achievement so standardized test results are not required. Students must remain in good academic standing to remain eligible for this scholarship

Civic Engagement Scholarships

Students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service and civic engagement throughout their high school years are eligible to apply for a Civic Engagement Scholarship.  Applicants should demonstrate leadership in organizing and implementing community projects, as well as working with people from diverse backgrounds.

Students who are awarded the Civic Engagement Scholarship receive an annual award of $2,500 ($10,000 over four years). Baldwin Honors, Presidential or Dean’s Scholars who are also awarded a Civic Engagement Scholarship receive that amount in addition to their academic scholarship.  Civic Engagement Scholarship recipients are required to join the Civic Scholars Program, which includes participation in special classes, workshops, seminars and off-campus service projects. Residential Civic Scholars live together in a living-learning community for the first year of the program.

Learn more about the Civic Scholars Program.

After the successful completion of their first year at Drew,Civic Scholars are eligible to receive a fellowship of up to $5,000 for related initiatives, including service projects, internships, study abroad and independent research. For Baldwin and Presidential Scholars, this replaces the $3,500 fellowship available from those programs, representing a $1,500 gain for Civic Scholars who are also Baldwin and Presidential Scholars.

Students must be must be in good academic standing, enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester, and continue to be an active participant in the Civic Engagement program in order to remain eligible for this scholarship. Fourth year students in their last semester may register for fewer credits, in which case the scholarship will be prorated to the number of enrolled credits.

Application Process

The Civic Engagement Scholarship application deadline is March 1. Students must have a completed application for admission on file and submit the following:

Need-based Grants and Financial Aid

Drew is committed to helping students and families afford quality higher education. In order to be considered for need-based grants from Drew and the federal government, students and parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15.

The FAFSA generates a figure referred to as the Expected Family Contribution(EFC). This is an estimate of what your family is expected to contribute annually the student’s college education. At Drew, every student is expected to earn and save $1000 from a summer job and this will be added to the federal EFC when determining eligibility for need-based aid from Drew. The total EFC (federal plus Drew) is then subtracted from the university’s established Cost of Attendance (COA) to derive the “financial need.” For students receiving a Drew academic or a civic scholarship, the financial need will be reduced by the amount of those scholarships. A significant portion of the remaining need may be met through a combination of grants from Drew and federal/state sources (if eligible) in addition to moderate student loans and/or work-study jobs on campus.

Students applying as Early Decision (ED) candidates to Drew must complete the Drew University Net Price Calculator in order to receive an estimated award at the time of Early Admission.

Thomas H. Kean Minority Scholarships

Endowed by Thomas H. Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and former president of Drew University, this scholarship is offered annually to the highest achieving students of color with demonstrated financial need. This is a four-year scholarship and the total award amount varies based on the student’s demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship is automatically awarded based on the student’s academic record so no special application is required. However, students must file the FAFSA by February 15 to be considered for this award.

Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester in order to remain eligible for this scholarship. An exception will be made for fourth-year students in their last semester to register for fewer credits, in which case the scholarship will be prorated to the number of enrolled credits.

Drew Tuition Grants

Drew Tuition Grants are awarded to students demonstrating financial need. To be considered for this grant, students must file the FAFSA by February 15.

Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester in order to remain eligible for this scholarship. An exception will be made for fourth-year students in their last semester to register for fewer credits, in which case the scholarship will be prorated to the number of enrolled credits.

Outside Scholarships

In addition to scholarships and grants offered by Drew University, students may apply for scholarships offered through outside organizations. Learn more about outside scholarships.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are eligible to be considered merit scholarship based on previous collegiate academic achievement.

  • Transfer Honors Scholarship: $25,000 per year based on a college GPA of approximately 3.75 or higher.
  • Transfer Presidential Scholarship: $20,000 per year, based on a college GPA of approximately 3.5 or higher.
  • Transfer Dean’s Scholarship: $15,000, based on a college GPA of approximately 3.25 or higher.

In addition to these scholarships, transfer students from community colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, and who have obtained an associates degree are eligible for a PTK Scholarship of $2,500 per year.