Colleges that Offer Merit Scholarships to Transfer Students

Jul 30, 2018

When transferring to a new university, it is usually a good idea to look into scholarship opportunities to reduce the cost of education. Fortunately, many colleges that allow transfer students also offer merit scholarships, which are scholarships based on performance in areas like academics or athletics rather than financial need. Look below for a list of colleges that offer merit scholarships to transfer students and information about how to earn them.

Colleges that Offer Merit Scholarships to Transfer Students

School Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* Some Merit Scholarships
University of Maryland College Park, MD $10,399 In-state, $33,606 Out-of-state Frederick Douglass, President's Transfer
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR $9,062 In-state, $24,308 Out-of-state Academic All-Star Transfer Student, Chancellor's Transfer, University of Arkansas Transfer Student, Phi Theta Kappa,
Clark University Worcester, MA $44,400 Traina Transfer, Acheivement Transfer
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY $11,942 In-state, $28,046 Out-of-state Distinguished Transfer, Transfer Achievement, Wildcat Blue, William C. Parker Transfer Student
Carthage College Kenosha, WI $41,950 Phi Theta Kappa, Scholarship Competitions

*Source: NCES

Range of Merit Scholarships

Although most merit scholarships for transfer students offer similar rewards, the scholarship titles and requirements may differ from college to college. For example, at the University of Arkansas, the Academic All-Star Transfer Student Scholarship is specifically for students transferring from an Arkansas two-year college who were named 'Academic All-Star' by that college. At the University of Maryland, their President's Transfer Scholarship is only for out-of-state transfers and is awarded based on talent in academics. For the most part, merit scholarships for transfer students award anywhere from a specified amount of several thousand dollars to full tuition.

Applying for Merit Scholarships

The requirements for applying for individual merit scholarships differ from college to college. For instance, at the University of Maryland and Clark University, transfer students are considered for scholarships based on their college applications. However, at the University of Kentucky, transfer students must either download merit scholarship applications separately or check the 'Recommended Opportunities' page that may appear after filling out and signing the General Application. At the University of Arkansas, students must check a box on the application to demonstrate interest in scholarship opportunities. At Carthage College, a separate application must be made for scholarships. It is important to check with the university you are transferring to so you don't miss any merit scholarship opportunities.

Merit Scholarship Eligibility

For most transfer student merit scholarships, a certain GPA is required, as well as other specific criteria. Some specific GPA requirements include:

  • University of Maryland: some scholarships require a 3.2 minimum and others a 3.5 minimum
  • University of Kentucky: GPA minimums for all transfer scholarships range from 2.5 to 3.5
  • Carthage College: the fall semester scholarship competition requires a GPA of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on how many transferrable credits a student has

Other measures of eligibility may include membership to certain societies, like the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship at many colleges, or transferring from a two-year school in the same state, such as several merit scholarships at the University of Arkansas. Other scholarships have unique requirements, such as the Frederick Douglass Scholarship at the University of Maryland that requires applicants to be a resident of Maryland when they apply. Many schools also require that students be transferring with a certain number of credit hours or be transferring into a particular semester, or even be coming from a two- or four-year institution. Merit scholarship eligibility varies from scholarship to scholarship, so doing research prior to applying is important.

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