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 federal loan debt of Drew graduates is below the national average of $27,000.
Drew offers four significant, merit-based academic scholarships for students enrolling in the 2017-2018 academic year. All applicants will be considered for these awards and no additional application is required.
New First Year Students
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 honors/college preparatory program. In addition, students must submit either SAT or ACT scores. Students earning a minimum score of 1260 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Mathematics) on the “new” SAT or a total ACT composite score of 26 may be considered for the Baldwin Honors Scholarship.
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.
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 submit either SAT or ACT scores. Students earning a minimum score of 1150 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Mathematics) on the “new” SAT or a total ACT composite score of 24 may be considered for Presidential Scholarship.
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 at Drew in order to remain eligible for the Presidential 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.
Scholarship Renewal Policy
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.
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.
Priority application deadline for Civic Engagement Scholarship is February 1st. Applications will not be considered after April 3rd. Students must have a completed Common Application on file and submit the following:
- Civic Engagement Scholarship Application
- Essay (uploaded via online application)
- A detailed resume of service activities (uploaded via online application)
Drew Scholarship in the Arts
Applicants for admission with a demonstrated talent for and interest in the fine or performing arts (art, theatre and music) are encouraged to apply for the Drew Scholarship in the Arts. Students awarded the Scholarship in the Arts receive an annual award of $2,500 ($10,000 over four years). This award is in addition to any academic merit awards received. While Scholarship in the Arts recipients are not required to major in an arts field, they are expected to participate in the fine or performing arts throughout their college career.
Art at Drew | Music at Drew | Theatre at Drew
Students must be in good academic standing, enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester, and continue to be an active participant in the Arts in order to remain eligible for this scholarship.
Priority application deadline for The Scholarship in the Arts is February 1st. Applications will not be considered after April 3rd. Students must have a completed Common Application on file and submit the following:
- Scholarship in the Arts Application (Application coming soon)
- Portfolio submission
- Audition by request
Experiential Learning Fellow (ELF)
At the time of admission, all Baldwin, Presidential and Civic Scholars will be invited to submit an essay of not more than 200 words as an application to become an Experiential Learning Fellow. ELFs have priority access to up to $2500 in university funds designated for internship support or study abroad in a Drew-run or Drew-partner program. Support from these funds can be used any time after the first year. Not binding, the ELF application essay will ask scholars to imagine how they might use these funds to support their studies at Drew.
International students are automatically considered for all Drew University Academic Scholarships at the time of admission. There are also a limited number of need-based grants and student employment opportunities available for international students. For consideration, students must complete the 2016-2017 International Student Financial Aid Application and submit it by February 15 to the Office of Financial Assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3188 (fax).
Transfer applicants are eligible to be considered for merit scholarships 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.
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 University, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed anytime after January 1 at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Drew’s priority deadline for filing the FAFSA for new students is February 15.
In addition to scholarships and grants offered by Drew University, students may apply for scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Learn more about outside scholarships.