Full-tuition scholarships are the holy grail of college scholarships- prizes that will cover the majority of your college costs for four years. These scholarship awards can cover tuition costs to all of your living expenses, depending on the terms determined by the provider. While these scholarship opportunities are more rare than others and tend to involve tougher competition, they are readily available for application.
Universities, states, and even several cities offer full-tuition scholarships based on criteria such as merit-based academic scholarships, or on SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, community service experience, and other criteria. Local scholarships can be funded either publicly or privately and are offered to students from certain geographic areas. Many such scholarships require students to attend a specific college or one of several colleges in a state.
Additionally, several corporate scholarships and foundation scholarship awards cover a student’s full tuition from one to four years of enrollment. Corporate and foundation scholarships typically give students more freedom to attend college where they choose, including private colleges or out-of-state schools while still receiving scholarship money to cover most, if not all, of their tuition expenses. These awards tend to have strong merit or need-based requirements. A number of scholarships for minorities fall into this category as well.
While there might not be a full-tuition scholarship opportunity for everybody, it is still worth the search. You can find full-tuition scholarships and other large dollar amount scholarships when you conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. And remember, even if you do not find one full-tuition scholarship that solves all your financial woes, you should still apply for scholarships! Awards of $1000 or $2000 can add up, and every dollar you receive in scholarships is a dollar you will not have to pay back in student loans.
5 Strong gives scholars the support they need to succeed at HBCUs. 5 Strong is about the potential, the genius, the leadership of our young people. Together, we can make students’ lives better, make their colleges better, and make our country better. Applicants must be a promising student leader that's a graduating high school senior, have a minimum 2.8 GPA and a minimum ACT: 19/ SAT: 980 (verbal [...] More
Augustana College invites graduating high school seniors who possess strong records of academic achievement and have demonstrated exceptional leadership to their school and community to participate in the Distinguished Scholars Competition, the college's most prestigious scholarship event. Eligible applicants must have an ACT of 27 or SAT of 1260, and a 3.5 GPA. The competition requires an essay [...] More
Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the [...] More
The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a merit-based scholarship program for talented female undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration (with a technical focus), computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering, or a related program at [...] More
In honor of their service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active firefighters and police officers. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, candidates must complete applications to the University of Chicago and be children (including legally adopted children) of sworn City of Chicago firefighters, [...] More
Awarded to approximately five students each year, the Presidential LEEP Scholarship is a prestigious award for students whose academic record and leadership potential places them at the very top of Clark’s applicant pool. This award covers full-tuition, on-campus room and board for all four years, regardless of a family’s financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More
Colorado Garden Foundation is proud to offer its scholarship programs from proceeds generated from the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show, to provide financial aid to students attending a college or university in Colorado. Applicants must major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology (as it applies to horticulture/agriculture sciences), [...] More
Colorado Mesa University's Distinguished Scholar Award is the most prestigious academic award for incoming freshmen and is valued at full tuition and fees for Colorado Residents and $6,000 per academic year for out-of-state students. To qualify, applicants must satisfy two of the three following criteria: 3.75 GPA, top 5% of graduating class, or a 29 ACT/1340 combined SAT. The scholarship can be [...] More
The Disciples Leadership Program is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership, academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. DOC students discerning a call to ordained ministry are encouraged to apply, but all qualified DOC students with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered. Applicants chosen as DLP [...] More
The JWU Business Professionals of America (BPA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of BPA. Recipient is selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipient must participate in and give support to JWU's BPA activities. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More
The JWU DECA Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of DECA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and students must participate in, and give support to JWU's DECA activities. Award amounts range from $1,000 up to full tuition. Scholarships are awarded on an [...] More
The JWU Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of FCCLA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years, and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's FCCLA activities. Scholarships are awarded on [...] More
The JWU Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of FBLA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's FBLA activities. Scholarships awarded on an ongoing basis. For [...] More
The JWU Junior Achievement (JA) Scholarship is available to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of JA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in organization and transcripts. The award is renewable for up to four years and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's JA activities. Applications received before February will be considered for full [...] More
The JWU SkillsUSA Scholarship is awarded to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of SkillsUSA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in SkillsUSA and their transcripts. These awards are renewable for up to four years, and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's SkillsUSA activities. Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis. For more [...] More
The JWU Technology Student Association (TSA) Scholarship is awarded to any accepted incoming student who is a past or present member of TSA. Recipients are selected based upon participation in TSA and their transcripts. This award is renewable for up to four years, and recipients must participate in and give support to JWU's TSA activities. Applications received before February will be considered [...] More
The McConnell Scholars Program is a prestigious enrichment program aimed at Kentucky residents who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and are committed to the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service. There are 10 awards given each year, and the program has produced more than 200 successful alumni. The program is open to Kentucky high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 [...] More
The Mercatus MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master's degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in gaining an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. The total award of up to $80,000 (over two years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per [...] More
Mount Mercy College offers the Sister Mary Ildephonse Holland Scholarship to incoming freshmen. Eligible applicants must have an ACT of 30 or an SAT of 1400, a 4.0 GPA, evidence of strong community service and extra-curricular activities, and must live on campus.
The student must maintain a minimum cumulative Mount Mercy grade point of 3.00 at the end of each year. The student is eligible to [...] More
Students interested in applying for the Posse Foundation Scholarship will need to either nominate themselves, or be nominated by a counselor, a community foundation or a Posse alumnus. Eligible applicants must be in the first term of their senior year in high school, demonstrate academic potential and demonstrate leadership within their high school, community or family. For more information or to [...] More
The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. This is offered to high-achieving students majoring in the fields of math or science. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Starbucks has partnered with Arizona State University to offer eligible applicants full tuition benefits through a full tuition reimbursement program. Every benefits-eligible U.S. partner working part- or full-time receives 100% tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program. Applicants must also complete the FAFSA. For more information or to [...] More
The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.
The Uline Scholarship awards four $5,000 tuition-specific awards to academically-talented college sophomores and college juniors majoring attending Marquette University in any of the following: all majors under the college of business, computer science, advertising, communication studies, or corporate communication majors. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Preference is given to students with past [...] More
The PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-State Student Excellence) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program that is designed to make college more affordable to all qualified West Virginia students. The program will provide each eligible West Virginia high school graduate a full tuition scholarship to a state college or university in West Virginia or an equivalent [...] More
The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. To qualify, caddies must meet the requirements of having a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. Scholarship applications are accepted at the beginning of an applicant’s senior year of high school, as well as [...] More
College is a big commitment and burnout is easy if you don’t pace yourself. That said, taking a semester off is a normal thing to do while pursuing your degree. Whether you need a quick break for personal reasons or exciting opportunities, like a once-in-a-lifetime trip or work experience, here’s what you need to know about your scholarship money before taking time off.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid — more commonly known as FAFSA is the key to funding your college education. Not only can the FAFSA connect you to grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities, but filling out the form is
also the first step to applying for federal student loans. Even though filling out the FAFSA is simple and straightforward, several misconceptions still fly around it. Here are the top FAFSA myths you need to stop believing. [...]
Everyone wants to win a full-ride scholarship and enter their freshman year without financial stress. However, the reality is that you have a greater chance of winning smaller scholarships to aid your degree goals. Get a head start on your scholarship game this summer, so that you can head into your senior year closer to funding your college goals. [...]