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Southern New Hampshire University offers several types of need and non-need based grants and scholarships to help online and campus students meet the cost of a university education. To be eligible for federal grants and to demonstrate need, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid.


Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded on a sliding scale up to $5,920 per year to students with exceptional financial need as demonstrated through the filing of the FAFSA. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and not already have obtained a baccalaureate degree. Student eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and grant amounts are determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education and recalculated each academic term for a student's enrollment status based off of actual attended credits.

Students who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant will have a lifetime limit of twelve full-time semesters or six full years of eligibility. The Lifetime Eligibility Used includes all Federal Pell grant payments received at prior colleges or universities in addition to those received while at SNHU.

You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.

Southern New Hampshire University is currently participating in the Dual Enrollment experiment authorized by the Department of Education to provide Federal Pell Grant awards only to high school students enrolled in select SNHU undergraduate degree program. Any Pell grant funds received under this experiment apply toward the student's Lifetime Eligibility Used.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are awarded to students who are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and:

  • Whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • Who was under the age of 24 years or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.

Eligibility is confirmed through a Department of Defense database match through the filing of the FAFSA. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the current award year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is a campus-based federal grant program with awards ranging from $100 to $1,000 per year, depending on the student's program and availability of funds. Grants are awarded to the first selection group of students who demonstrate exceptional financial need through the filing of the FAFSA and who also receive Federal Pell Grants.

State Grants and UNIQUE
State grant funding is received by SNHU from various surrounding states to assist resident students with the cost of education. Students should contact their home state agencies to see if they qualify for state assistance at Southern New Hampshire University. To identify your state education agency to understand available programs, please go to State Financial Aid Programs.

New Hampshire Residents: The state of New Hampshire does not have a state grant program. However, students may qualify for the UNIQUE program. The Unique Scholarship program is comprised of two scholarship programs:

  • The UNIQUE Annual Allocation program provides increased equal access and choice for deserving needy New Hampshire residents as demonstrated through the filing of the FAFSA at a participating New Hampshire institution; and
  • The UNIQUE Endowment Allocation program that provides qualifying New Hampshire institutions with allocations to restricted endowments for awards to New Hampshire residents.

Eligible New Hampshire students will be automatically notified on their award letter if they qualify, but may learn more about the UNIQUE program at the New Hampshire Treasury.

Merit Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship - Online Programs
A 10% tuition reduction scholarship for online programs through SNHU Online is awarded to students who identify themselves at Phi Theta Kappa members or alumni. Accepted students would complete a tuition reduction form accessed through MY.SNHU.

School of Business

Finlay Family Scholarship
Established by Southern New Hampshire University alumnum, Robert J. Finlay, this scholarship supports New Hampshire residents enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate School of Business major. Preference will be given to full-time students who display an entrepreneurial spirit and can show financial need.

Hassa Jadvani Memorial Scholarship
This fund supports students enrolled in the Graduate School of Business. Preference will be given to Sikh or Hindu students of Indian descent enrolled in the International Business or Finance curriculum using standard need and academic criteria.

Matthew Stuart Van Kleek
This fund supports students enrolled in the Graduate School of Business.

School of Business Scholarship Fund
The Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association and the School of Business have raised money to support this scholarship program. It provides scholarships to School of Business undergraduate and graduate students based on need and academic criteria.


Alumni Leadership Scholarship
Created by the Alumni Board of Directors, this scholarship supports students who have completed at least two terms with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipients will have demonstrated leadership skills in the SNHU community and be actively engaged in student life.

Dr. Jeanette A. Ritzenthaler Scholarship
The estate of Dr. Jeanette Ritzenthaler made provisions for an endowed scholarship to be awarded to a student from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Students should be enrolled in the Continuing Education or Online undergraduate program. The student must be in his/her junior year (or with junior level credits) pursuing a bachelor’s degree, have financial need, be maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and provide evidence of leadership through involvement in school and community activities.

Martha Van Hyland Scholarship
This fund was created in memory of Southern New Hampshire University alumna, Martha Van Hyland to support Belknap County residents matriculated in the university's Continuing Education or Online bachelor's degree program. Students must maintain 3.0 GPA or higher and show financial need.

The Continuing Education Scholarship
This Scholarship is offered specifically to matriculated SNHU Continuing Education students or SNHU Online students. To be eligible students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA, be solely responsible for his/her tuition (employer tuition assistance recipients are not eligible), be currently enrolled and have taken a minimum of fifteen (15) credits at SNHU.

The Elaine I. Routhier Costigan and Ronald J. Costigan Scholarship
This scholarship was created to support continuing education students who have completed no less than half of the necessary credits who show financial need.


Veterans Scholarship
This scholarship, founded by alumni who are veterans of the Vietnam War, supports current students who are veterans, the dependents of veterans, or actively serving in the military. Awards are based on need and academic criteria.

Edward Nassar Veterans Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Edward Nassar, a former student at Southern New Hampshire University, the Southern New Hampshire University Alumni Association has created a scholarship fund designed to provide assistance to deserving, needy Southern New Hampshire University students. Preference is given to veterans of the armed forces and/or their dependents. Candidates are required to submit a letter of consideration. A GPA of 2.8 or higher is required, awarded based on financial need and academic standing.


Li Xu Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in memory of SNHU student Li Xu (aka Oscar). This scholarship is awarded to International and U.S. undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate the strong giving and sharing spirit of Li Xu by showing their commitment to the needs of new students. Scholarship applicants should demonstrate interest in helping new students understand the academic culture of the University and social culture of New Hampshire in an effort to assist them in adjusting to the University.

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