Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial Aid

The first step towards receiving financial aid is to submit the 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before March 1, 2014. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply online (the UNH Title IV code is 002589).

For further financial aid information, visit the UNH Financial Aid Office website or call (603) 862-3600, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

If you have applied for financial aid, you may easily access your information from your MyUNH account. Your MyUNH account provides valuable information about the status of your financial aid application and, when all requirements are met, your actual financial aid award package. To do this:

  1. Login to your MyUNH account (if you haven’t set-up your MyUNH account click here for instructions).
  2. Select the "Webcat/Services" tab at the top of the page. Click "Continue" to access Webcat.
  3. Select the "Student Services & Financial Aid" link.
  4. Select the "Financial Aid" link.

Merit Scholarships

All first-year student applicants to UNH are considered for merit scholarships at the time of application review. There is no additional application and/or essay required. Students must meet all criteria points to be awarded the merit scholarship (there is no sliding scale).

Criteria points and dollar amounts are established for first-year students entering UNH in fall 2014 and spring 2015. They are subject to change. Award amounts listed are per year, for four years. Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 consecutive semesters of academic coursework at UNH provided that the recipient students make appropriate progress towards their degree, meets the GPA requirements (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrates acceptable standards of citizenship and character expected of all members of the university community.

Governor's Success
$10,000 -- NH residents only

Selection is very competitive, is not automatic, and limited to NH applicants who apply by November 15, 2013, UNH's early action deadline. A limited number are awarded each year to the highest caliber in-state students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement coupled with notable leadership skills in the school/community. Note: Recipients will be required to participate in the UNH Honors Program.

  • Rank in top 1-3% of graduating class (or equivalent level)
  • Challenging college preparatory curriculum characterized by the exhaustion of all academic options in the high school curriculum
  • Standarized test scores of 1970+ SAT / 29+ ACT composite
  • Letter of recommendation that supports leadership qualities and potential of the student

Presidential Scholarship
$5,000 -- NH residents
$10,000 -- non-residents

  • Rank in top 10% of graduating class (or equivalent level)
  • Strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement
  • Standardized test scores of 1970+ SAT or 29+ ACT composite

Dean's Scholarship
$1,500 -- NH residents
$6,000 -- non-residents

  • Rank in top 15% of graduating class (or equivalent level)
  • Strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement
  • Standardized test scores of 1760+ SAT or 26+ ACT composite

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Industry Scholarship (additional application required)

The University of New Hampshire has partnered with Whelen Engineering Companies, Inc. and Tyco International to create two undergraduate scholarships to recognize excellence in first-year students entering the University’s College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS).

Each scholarship covers a significant portion of a student’s tuition, fees, and room & board for four years of undergraduate education at UNH.

Criteria for Eligibility
Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must present credentials that reflect outstanding academic achievement and promise. These include:

  • Rigorous program of study including a minimum of four years of mathematics and four years of science, with preference given to Pre-Engineering Programs, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses
  • Grades that indicate excellence
  • Class rank in the top 10 percent (for schools that provide class rank) or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test score of typically 1970+, or higher; or a composite ACT score of 29+, or higher.
  • Demonstrated financial need (Whelan only)- must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1