SUNY Cortland offers a wide range of scholarships funded by the Cortland College Foundation, SUNY Cortland Alumni Association, the university and other groups. These awards are made possible by the generous donations of alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti, philanthropic groups, corporations and friends of the university.
Each year, SUNY Cortland provides more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to more than 1,000 students. The financial aspects of scholarships are governed by rules and regulations administered by the Financial Aid Office.
Current students can apply for
New students starting in Fall 2021 can apply
New students starting in Fall 2021 who earn an award will be notified prior to the May 1 admission deposit deadline. To view scholarship opportunities, students must be accepted and they must log in to myRedDragon.
Students may apply online for select scholarships that are based on academic performance, financial need or other criteria determined by donors. Visit the How to Apply page for application instructions.
Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and they do not require a supplemental application. These competitive scholarships are limited in number and they are awarded to top applicants. Meeting minimum academic requirements does not guarantee earning a scholarship.
Read more about merit scholarships
SUNY Cortland automatically considers students for some financial awards in addition to academic merit scholarships. No supplemental application is required. These awards include:
Read more about these awards
SUNY Cortland is proud to participate in this program, which offers free tuition to eligible students from middle-class families in New York state.
Read more about the Excelsior Scholarship
SUNY Cortland awards thousands of dollars in study abroad scholarships each year.
Read more about study abroad scholarships
There are external and private scholarship funds available to students of all qualifications, abilities and interests. These external scholarships may be provided by private donors, foundations, businesses and many other sources outside of the university.
Read more about external scholarships