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Scholarship Options

Merit Scholarships

We believe that your exceptional talents and promise should be rewarded. So while we offer a wide range of need-based options for your financial aid, we also offer merit-based awards, which are determined without regard to your financial circumstances.

Simmons Scholarship Eligibility Awards
Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Scholarships
Students must be 24 years old or older and will automatically receive this one-time tuition waiver. The student should complete the financial aid application process to be considered for other forms of need-based aid.
Students admitted as degree candidates through the Dix Scholars option are granted a tuition waiver in the amount of $3,400. The award is split ($1,700 per semester) between the first two consecutive semesters that the student attends.
Endowed Scholarships
Numerous endowed scholarships have been established through the generous contributions of friends, supporters, and alumnae/i of Simmons College. Financial need and academic performance are the most common criteria in awarding these scholarships. Students must apply for financial aid each year in order to be considered for these awards.  These scholarships are awarded annually and are not automatically renewed for subsequent years.  Endowed scholarships are used to meet a student's financial need and traditionally replace institutional grant funding.  Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credits per semester). All eligible students who complete the FAFSA are automatically considered for these funds. Students can voluntarily offer additional information about themselves for consideration of these endowed scholarships by completing the Information Profile for Endowed Scholarships and submitting it to the Office of Student Financial Services. Varies

Other Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Services urges applicants for financial aid to explore all possible sources of funds. To find out about outside scholarships, visit this useful page on our website:

Scholarship, Fellowship, and Grant Directories/Databases

You may also want to contact the following organizations to find out about scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply:

  • Your high school
  • Fraternal or social organizations in your home town
  • Your place of worship
  • Your hometown city hall
  • Your state board of higher education (see below)

About State Scholarships

Undergraduate students should contact their state's board of higher education regarding application and eligibility requirements for any available scholarships. Not all states allow their grant monies to be used out of state. Currently, students from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont may use their state scholarship at Simmons College. State scholarships may be substituted for institutional grants.

Advice Regarding Paid Scholarship Search Offers

We strongly advise you NOT to pay any scholarship search firm.  Most likely, if an organization is asking for a payment to help you search for scholarships, they are not providing a legitimate service.