At Gallaudet University, we recognize the importance of a quality education and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goal of earning a college degree. In addition to federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant, Work Study and Direct Loans, scholarships can help you pay for your education.
Scholarships are gift funds that do not have to be repaid. University scholarship funding is made available through endowments and donations established by individuals and organization and from the university's general operating accounts.
The Admissions Office awards merit-based scholarships to incoming deaf and hard of hearing freshmen and new transfer students based on their exemplary academic achievement. Other university-wide scholarships are awarded through the Financial Aid Office by matching students with scholarship criteria established by donors.
Gallaudet's Merit-based Scholarships are open to all undergraduate deaf and hard of hearing students whose academic achievements are exemplary. These scholarships range in dollar value and are awarded for up to four years of study for first-time freshmen, and 3 years of study for transfer students. All newly admitted students are automatically considered for these scholarships by the Admissions Office.
Many Endowed Scholarships are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Most of these scholarships are restricted to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who have an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card). To be considered for these scholarships, you must complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA) which is available at bison.gallaudet.edu. Since many of the endowed scholarships have a criterion related to financial need, it is strongly suggested that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and general university scholarship application.
Potential Outside Scholarship Sources
Students may also be awarded scholarships and grants from external sources. A listing of Potential Outside Scholarship Sources is a compilation of scholarships for students with various disabilities. While this is not an all-inclusive list, it will assist students in searching for other possible sources of money to fund your education.