You can already picture yourself at Wilkes, settling into your room, meeting new people around campus, checking out a sporting event and studying for mid-terms in the library.

But all your parents see are dollar signs adding up—the cost of tuition, room and board, books and even late-night pizza delivery.

Whether you’re heading to college for the first time or hoping to transfer to Wilkes from another college or university, we’ll work with you and your family to find an affordable path to college success. About 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, work-study funds and direct loans. We also offer a monthly payment plan.

There is no income limit to receive federal financial aid. The only way to determine eligibility is to apply.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded during the admission decision process based on academic performance and are renewable per year.

Merit Scholarships Offered (2021-22 Academic Year)

  • Trustee Scholarship | $25,000
  • Presidential Scholarship | $21,000
  • Provost Scholarship | $19,000
  • Dean Scholarship | $17,000

Blue & Gold Opportunity Grant

Awards $13,000

The Blue & Gold Opportunity Grant is awarded to students who show potential and are not awarded one of the above merit scholarships.

Hometown Advantage Award

The Hometown Advantage Award is available to first-time first-year students who reside in Luzerne or Lackawanna counties (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Award Levels

  • Residential Students | $2,000
  • Commuter Students | $500

Berks County Connection Scholarship

The Berks County Connection Scholarship is available to students who reside in Lehigh, PA or Northampton, PA (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Awards $2,000

Lehigh Valley Loyal Scholarship

The Berks County Connection Scholarship is available to students who reside in Berks County, PA (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Awards $2,000

Out of State Award

The Out of State Award is available to first-year students who reside outside of Pennsylvania (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Award Levels

  • Students residing in Maryland | $3,000
  • Out of state students residing outside Maryland | $2,000

Eligibility

Merit scholarships are based on official SAT/ACT scores and on the cumulative high school grade-point average stated on the official high school transcript at the time an admission decision is made. Unless otherwise stated, Wilkes University scholarships and grants are applied toward undergraduate tuition only.

Transfer Merit Scholarship

Transfer Merit Scholarships are based on college/university academic performance and are renewable per year.

Awards $12,000 - $18,000 (2021-22 Academic Year)

Blue & Gold Opportunity Grant

Awards $10,000

The Blue & Gold Opportunity Grant is awarded to students who show potential and are not awarded one of the above transfer merit scholarships.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Awards $2,000

Awarded to transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, in addition to the transfer scholarship listed above. Proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership must be submitted with admission application.

Out of State Award

The Out of State Award is available to first-year students who reside outside of Pennsylvania (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Award Levels

  • Students residing in Maryland | $3,000
  • Out of state students residing outside Maryland | $2,000

Eligibility

To remain eligible for transfer scholarships, students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking domestic student. Unless otherwise stated, Wilkes University scholarships and grants are applied toward undergraduate tuition only.

Additional Finacial Aid

As a first-year student, you may also be eligible for other financial aid. Follow the steps for the undergraduate financial aid process to see how affordable your Wilkes education can be.

Financial Aid Process