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Financial Aid in Brief

Meeting the cost of a college education can be a challenge for many students and families. As you work with your high school seniors during the application process, we hope that the following information is helpful as you help them to navigate both the admission and financial aid processes.

Providence College has developed an extensive and comprehensive aid program which includes assisting families through out institutional merit- and need-based scholarships and grants, as well as federal loan, grant, and employment opportunities. Providence College has a long-standing commitment to offer as much need-based financial assistance to eligible students as possible within our sources of funding.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Each year, approximately 60-65% of enrolled freshmen receive some form of need-based institutional and/or federal financial aid. The college looks forward to partnering with students and families each year and anticipates that families will make an equal effort to meet anticipated cost since college resources are not always adequate to meet the full need of all eligible applicants.

Required Forms and Deadlines
All applicants must complete both the CSS Profile Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for institutional and federal need-based grants, scholarships, loans, and work opportunities. Please note, these applications are not required if you only wish to be considered for the merit-based program.

Each of these applications must be fully completed and must be received by Providence College by the appropriate deadlines. Therefore, please submit your applications to the appropriate processing agencies early to allow enough time for the applications to received by the College by the published deadline.

Application Type CSS Profile Due​ CSS Business Tax Information Due​ FAFSA Due​
Early Actionand Early Decision December 1​ ​December 12 February 1​
Regular Decision February 1​ February 15​ ​February 1

Merit-Based Scholarship Programs

  • Liberal Arts Honors Program
    Merit scholarships are awarded to those students who are invited into Providence College's highly selective Liberal Arts Honors Program upon admission into the College. Out of a typical freshman class of 1,000 students, there are approximately 125 spaces available in the program.

    Liberal Arts Honors Program Scholarships range from 40% of tuition up to full-tuition. It is important to note that there are only ten full-tuition scholarships awarded each year. The majority of the scholarships range from 40% - 60% of tuition.

    These scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as students remain active members of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and maintain the required GPA. Merit scholars are typically at the top of their graduating class and have completed the most rigorous program of study possible during their high school career.

    While the review for admission is holistic and considers each student's academic record as well as their extracurricular accomplishments and personal qualities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program review is most specifically focused on a student's academic credentials.

    Please note, students who excel as freshmen at Providence College may apply directly to the Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program for entry beginning in the sophomore year.  Students who are invited to join the program at that time will not be awarded one of the scholarships noted above.
  • Academic Scholarships
    Academic-based merit scholarships up to $15,000 per year are available to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance during their entire high school career, but were not selected for inclusion in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.  Students who have achieved consistent A- to A grades throughout high school in all subjects - and have taken an extremely rigorous program of study - will be considered for these awards.  Please note that an A- average is not a guarantee of a scholarship, but suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate.  All scholarships are renewable for four years provided students meet the GPA requirements.

  • Providence College Friar Scholarships
    The Providence College student body is comprised of students who not only are committed to their studies, but also devote countless hours to extracurricular activities that help to shape their college careers.  They manage to balance academics and activities, and many seem to "do it all."  They are the epitome of what it means to be a Friar at Providence College.

    Providence College Friar Scholarships are merit awards intended to recognize high school seniors who not only have demonstrated the academic discipline necessary to succeed in the classroom, but display extraordinary commitment, leadership and responsibility in their extracurricular pursuits.  While we do not have a prescription for the type of activity that warrants recognition, it is important to note that serious contributors to their pursuits are more attractive than those who have simply been members of a number of organizations.  It's not the length of the list; it's the depth of involvement that matters.

    Students who have academic achievements that earn them admission to Providence College and also demonstrate a true commitment to their out-of-classroom activities will be recognized with awards up to $9,000 annually.  Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded for students enrolling in our freshman class.

Important Notes on Merit-Based Scholarship Programs:
  • All students are considered for all merit-based awards.  There are no separate applications required for consideration.
  • Students are not eligible to receive more than one type of merit award.
  • Students are not required to complete the need-based application process to be considered for any merit-based awards.
  • If a student receives another source of funding that is designated solely for tuition, the merit award may be reduced since the total of these sources cannot exceed the tuition charge on an annual basis.


​For more information on financial assistance at Providence College, please visit the following pages:

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