Scholarships & Grants

Merit Scholarships

Academically-based merit scholarships are awarded to qualified, full-time, incoming freshmen who displayed academic excellence in high school. Amounts awarded are determined by a combination of factors including but not limited to SAT scores, cumulative GPA, and extracurricular activities. These merit scholarships are awarded as each application is processed, and the FAFSA is not required for consideration of these awards. Merit scholarships are fully renewable as long as students maintain satisfactory academic progress while studying at Nichols. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and continue to be enrolled full-time while completing 12 credit hours or more per semester.

ScholarshipAmountGPA Requirements
President’s Scholarship$25,0003.50 and above
Provost’s Scholarship$22,0003.00 – 3.49
Dean’s Scholarship$20,0002.50 – 2.99
Faculty Award$15,0002.00 – 2.49

Financial Aid

Nichols requires only one financial aid form for applying for financial aid: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA information determines your eligibility for all federal, state, and institutional need-based financial aid.

The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA each year for fall admission is March 15th. All requested documents must be received by June 1st. Meeting these deadlines helps ensure consideration for limited sources of State, Federal, and Institutional Aid programs. Be aware that most states, including Massachusetts, have a priority deadline of May 1st for state scholarship eligibility. Late applicants are usually ineligible for state funds. Those who fail to meet the priority deadline may still apply any time during the award year. For more information on FAFSA and other financial aid options, visit our Financial Aid Page.

We want to talk to you!

We’re here to help—and we want to talk to you! If you have questions about our scholarships and grants, contact our Student Financial Services office by email at or by phone at 508-213-2288.

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