Scholarships In Depth

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

The Cortland College Foundation funds over $600,000 in donor-endowed and sponsored scholarships annually.

  • The Cortland College Foundation has more than 160 endowed or sponsored scholarships.
  • 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 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. High school grade point averages, SAT or ACT scores 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.

Scholarship Type

Merit-based Scholarships

Merit scholarships are those based on merit alone such as grade point average, SAT score, leadership skills and potential, etc.

Need-based Scholarships

Not all scholarships are based on merit alone. Some scholarships will take 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, he or she will not be considered.

Combination Scholarships

Combination scholarships take into consideration both merit and need. It is recommended that students file a FAFSA every year.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

All scholarships received must be counted toward the financial aid package. Scholarships awarded by SUNY Cortland and the Cortland College Foundation are automatically included.

Third-party scholarships — those awarded by an outside organization — will be applied to the financial aid package as well. It is recommended that students share third-party scholarship information with the Financial Aid Office so their financial aid package can be adjusted prior to the start of classes.

Scholarships may or may not affect a financial aid package. For more information on how the packaging process works, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 607-753-4717 or

Scholarship Disbursement (Payment)

As long as students appropriately accept their scholarship and financial aid package, their scholarship will be credited to 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 when the bill is created in July.

Scholarships awarded from SUNY Cortland or the Cortland College Foundation will be credited to student bills at 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.

Scholarship Coordinator

Financial Aid Office
Miller Building, Room 205
Phone: 607-753-4717
Fax: 607-753-5990