The scholarships office is part of the Cortland College Foundation and manages the day-to-day scholarship operations of the foundation. Thanks to support from our alumni, friends and faculty, SUNY Cortland and the Cortland College Foundation annually award more than $2 million in scholarships and grants to more than 1,000 outstanding and deserving students. Both new and continuing students are awarded scholarships based on academic performance, leadership, community service, talent, financial need and other criteria as specified by the scholarship donor.
Cortland College Foundation – Donor Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships
During the 2012-13 academic year, the Cortland College Foundation funded over $600,000 in donor-endowed and sponsored scholarships.
The Cortland College Foundation has more than 160 endowed or sponsored scholarships.
- For more information on endowed scholarships, please contact Beth Langhans, scholarship coordinator, at 607-753-2373 or email@example.com.
- Endowed scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students do not require an additional application. These are awarded by the SUNY Cortland Admissions Office. The John Fantauzzi ’58 Scholarship is an exception.
- Endowed scholarships for continuing students do require an additional application, unless otherwise noted. These are awarded by several academic departments on campus.
SUNY Cortland Scholarships
SUNY Cortland awarded more than $1.4 million in 2012-13 to outstanding presidential and merit scholarship recipients and to students qualifying for grants.
SUNY Cortland Presidential and Merit Scholarships
Presidential and Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen students as they are accepted for fall admission. No separate application or essay is required. Freshmen candidates must be first-time freshmen students entering college directly from high school. Their high school grade point average, SAT or ACT score and class rank are considered for qualification purposes.
Transfer students may qualify for a Merit Scholarship. Course work and grade point average are reviewed for consideration.
Students are notified of their selection for a Presidential or Merit Scholarship in their letter of admission. A follow-up mailing is sent instructing recipients how to accept the scholarship.
For more information on the SUNY Cortland Presidential and Merit Scholarships, please contact the Admissions Office at 607-753-4712.
SUNY Cortland Future New Yorker and International Student Grants
Out-of-state and international students are automatically awarded a Future New Yorker Grant or International Student Grant. This grant assists students with the out-of-state tuition cost.
Merit scholarships are those based on merit alone such as grade point average, SAT score, leadership skills and potential, etc.
Not all scholarships are based on merit alone. Some scholarships will take a student’s need into consideration which requires that a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be filed. It is recommended that all students file a FAFSA every year. If a scholarship requires a review of a student’s need and the student has not filed a FAFSA, they will not be considered.
Combination Scholarships take into consideration both merit and need. Again, it is recommended that students file a FAFSA every year.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All scholarships received must be counted toward a student’s financial aid package. Scholarships awarded by SUNY Cortland and the Cortland College Foundation are automatically uploaded to a student’s financial aid package.
Third-party scholarships, awarded by an outside organization, will be applied to a student’s financial aid package as well. It is recommended that a student share third-party scholarship information with the financial aid office so their financial aid package can be adjusted prior to the start of school.
Scholarships may or may not affect a student’s financial aid package. For more information on how the packaging process works, please call the financial aid office at 607-753-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Disbursement (Payment)
As long as a student appropriately accepts their scholarship and financial aid package, their scholarship will credit their student account (bill). It is recommended that scholarships and packages are accepted by the end of June. This will ensure the funding is credited to the bill when the bill is created in July.
Scholarships awarded from SUNY Cortland or the Cortland College Foundation will credit a student’s bills, 50 percent in the fall semester and 50 percent in the spring semester.
Actual scholarship payment will take place approximately six weeks into each semester.
Students should plan their monetary needs accordingly.