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Merit Based Scholarships

All incoming freshmen are considered for our freshmen merit based scholarships.  The majority of our freshmen merit based scholarships, as displayed  in this section, require no special scholarship applications; all admitted first time freshmen students who are academically qualified are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility.  Scholarships are offered on a funds available basis.

Stony Brook will send a scholarship award letter via e-mail to those students selected to receive a merit based scholarship. The e-mail process begins  in the early part of the new year and typically follows an offer of admission.

The award amount and duration of scholarships vary. Some offer scholarship support for four years. Some scholarships are for one year only, while others are renewable based upon meeting the criteria of the specific scholarship.To view the most up to date terms and conditions of your scholarship, click the "Award Detail" link in SOLAR.  In most cases, students will not be awarded more than one scholarship and it will be the most beneficial scholarship offer that we can make. Stony Brook University's freshmen scholarships begin upon enrollment in the fall semester of the academic year for which they are offered. 


Undergraduate Scholarship Applications

There are a variety of scholarship applications specifically for Stony Brook students. Students are encouraged to review the criteria for each award. If they meet the criteria listed, be sure to submit all materials by the deadline date listed on the application. 

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services administers the following scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen students:


Scholarship Universe

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services administers scholarship opportunities for continuing students via Scholarship Universe, a matching tool based upon student's personalized profiles.  Start matching to scholarships now at Scholarship Universe.


Departmental Scholarships

There are a variety of other scholarships offered through the different academic departments across campus. Review this list to see what additional opportunities may be a good fit. If you have any questions regarding these applications, please contact the department who administers the award.  Departmental Scholarships applications are also in Scholarship Universe.  By creating/updating your profile in Scholarship Universe if you meet the requirments for any of these awards you will be able to submit applications via Scholarship Universe as well.


New York State Residents

Residents of New York State attending a state university or college may be eligible for awards from the state.  Please visit Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for all state specific awards that students may apply for at