Villa Maria College is one of the most affordable, private institutions of its type in Western New York. Our admissions and financial aid counselors are committed to working with each and every student to assist them in making their time with us as comfortable as possible, so that may devote their time and energies to their studies and toward earning a degree in their field of choice.
We understand that paying for college is an important decision. We have therefore prepared information in this section that details the many scholarships available through Villa Maria College, as well as the many outside scholarships for which you may be eligible.
We encourage you to review the sub-pages under this section of our website for more information on the types of scholarships available.
Academic Excellence Merit-Based Scholarships for Full-Time Students
Villa Honors Scholarship – An award up to $7,000 annually given to students with a high school average of 90 and above. A GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain this award in the sophomore year.
Presidential Scholarship – An award up to $2,000 annually given to students with a high school average between 85 and 89. A GPA of 2.75 is required to maintain this award in the sophomore year.
Villa Merit Scholarship – An award up to $1,500 annually given to students with a high school average between 80 and 84. A GPA of 2.25 is required to maintain this award in the sophomore year.
Alumni Scholarship – An award up to $1,500 annually given to students with immediate family members of Villa Maria College Alumni and extended family members of Felician Sisters
College Transfer Merit-Based Scholarships for Full Time Students
(Minimum of 24 Credits Earned at a Regionally Accredited College or University)
Felician Grant Scholarship
$3,000 per year
*3.0 College Transfer GPA 3.25 to maintain Sophomore year
Franciscan Grant Scholarship
$2,500 per year
*2.5 College Transfer GPA 2.75 to maintain Sophomore year
Founders Grant Scholarship
$2,000 per year
*2.0 College Transfer GPA 2.25 to maintain Sophomore year
Special Talent Grant Scholarships
Students may be eligible for additional grant scholarship funds though our Special Talent Grant Scholarship program. These funds are disbursed by the Grant-In-Aid Scholarship review committee each semester. These need based grants recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic, artistic, or musical talent.
In addition, in an effort to encourage students to realize their intellectual, creative, professional, and spiritual potential, the college may award additional scholarships for students who demonstrate the college’s mission and vision.
If you have any specific questions about Villa Maria College’s financial aid programs, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at (716) 961-1850.
For information on applying for endowed scholarships, contact Aimee Murch, director of Financial Aid, at 716-961-1849.
Say Yes Buffalo
Say Yes Buffalo is offering a tuition scholarship to eligible students in the Buffalo Public School system, as well as all city charter schools. Say Yes scholarship money will cover the remaining balance of a student’s tuition after state, federal, and/or institutional grants and scholarships have been applied. The award covers tuition only and does not include costs for room and board, books, and other fees.
Villa Maria College provides Say Yes Tuition Scholarship to students from families with an income of less than $75,000. Students from families whose income is more than $75,000, who plan on attending Villa Maria College, may receive the Choice Grant. This grant offers up to $5,000 per year. Choice Grants, when combined with state, federal, and institutional grants and scholarships, are not to exceed the cost of full-time tuition.
The Say Yes Buffalo Tuition Scholarship is available to students who:
- Reside in the city of Buffalo
- Graduate from a Buffalo public school or charter school, located in the city (beginning in June 2013).
- At minimum, complete grades 9-12, in consecutive years, at a Buffalo public or charter school located in the city.
- Successfully complete and submit a Say Yes Buffalo Tuition Scholarship Application and all other required documentation of residency and public school attendance.
- Apply for federal and state financial aid programs available.
- Enroll as a full-time college student in an eligible college within 15 months after high school graduation.
Process and Timeline for Say Yes students at Villa Maria College:
- Complete and submit a Say Yes Student Certification Form (Click Here) by April 1
- Apply and be admitted to Villa Maria College (Click Here)
- Apply for Financial Aid (complete and submit FAFSA and TAP applications) April 1
- Notify Villa Maria College and Say Yes Buffalo on your intent to enroll by April 1
For more information on the Say Yes Program visit buffalo.sayyestoeducation.org or chat with our Villa Say Yes contact:
Villa Maria College is one of the most affordable, private institutions of its type in Western New York. Our admissions and financial aid representatives are committed to working with each and every student to assist them in making their time with us as comfortable as possible from a financial perspective, so that may devote their time and energies to their studies and toward earning a degree in their field of choice. While we offer both merit-based and endowed scholarships, we understand that sometimes additional assistance is needed.
We want to help our students in uncovering additional opportunities to help fund their education. Below you will find links for a vast number of outside scholarships opportunities available to you as a student. While this is an extensive list, we encourage you to investigate not only these opportunities, but, any other reputable opportunities within your community, as well as those at the state and national levels. Every scholarship, no matter how small, adds up.
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*Villa Maria College welcomes students of all ages, faiths, and abilities, who contribute to the diversity of its student population. We are also an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped-accessible facilities are available on campus to accomodate both students and visitors alike. An Office for Veterans Affairs is available to assist those who have and/or who continue to serve in the armed forces with their educational pursuits.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. To qualify for a Pell grant, undergraduate students must demonstrate financial need, attend school at least half time, and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
To determine eligibility, a student needs to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year at www.fafsa.ed.gov.The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA and the formula produces an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC will determine if a student is eligible for a Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
An FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need-that is, students with the lowest estimated family contribution – and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. FSEOG doesn’t have to be paid back.
To determine eligibility, a student needs to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
There is no guarantee every eligible student will be able to receive an FSEOG. Students at each school will be awarded these funds based on fund availability.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. TAP is a grant and it does not have to be paid back. To learn more about TAP, go to http://www.hesc.ny.gov/content.nsf/SFC/About_TAP
Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to four years (eight payments) of assistance for full-time study.
Although an estimate of a student’s eligibility may be included on their award letter, the state’s notification is their official approved award.