A college education has become a significant expense for most families and requires careful planning. Whatever your financial situation is, we encourage you to use this information to help you understand college funding so you can navigate the financial aid process with greater ease.

State Financial Aid

States provide many financial aid opportunities to help ease the cost of a college education. Please select the state you reside in to learn about state sponsored internships, scholarships and financial aid programs for undergraduate students and assistantships, fellowships, and residency programs for graduate and professional students.

STATE OF DELAWARE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

The following are financial aid programs available to students who are residents of the state of Delaware. For more detailed information on state financial aid programs contact:

Delaware Department of Higher Education
The Townsend Building
401k Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4000

Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP)

Eligibility Requirements – You must:

– Be a Legal resident of Delaware

– Be a U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

– Demonstrate substantial financial need, as determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

– Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution or college in Delaware or Pennsylvania

– Have a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade point average of 2.5

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose major is not available at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University or Delaware Technical & Community College will also be considered.

Graduate students attending the University of Delaware or Delaware State University are not eligible.

Award:
Not to exceed tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses, excluding summer terms.
Undergraduate: $700 to $2,200, depending on GPA
Graduate: $1,000

To apply: Go to Website
Deadline: ScIP grants are nonrenewable. Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor by April 15 each year.

Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must have been a resident of the state of Delaware for three or more consecutive years prior to the date of application.

If the applicant’s parent is a member of the armed forces, the parent must have been a resident of Delaware at the time of death or declaration of missing in action or prisoner of war status.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 24.

Applicant must be the child of one of the following: 1) member of the armed forces whose cause of death was service-related; 2) member of the armed forces who is being held or was held as a prisoner of war; 3) member of the armed forces who is officially declared missing in action; 4) state police officer whose cause of death was service-related; or 5) state employee of the Department of Transportation routinely employed in job-related activities upon the state highway system whose cause of death was job-related.

Award : Award will not exceed tuition and fees per academic year at:

– A Delaware public college, or

– A Delaware private college, if applicant’s program of study is unavailable at a Delaware public college

– An out-of-state public or private college, if there is no institution in Delaware offering the program of study.

The award will be prorated for eligible students who choose to attend an institution that is out of this sequence. Award is limited to four years.

Deadline:
The application, is due at least four weeks before classes begin.

B. Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Legal residents of Delaware

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

High school seniors who rank in upper quarter of class

Combined score of 1800 on the SAT

Enroll full-time at the University of Delaware

Award:

Full tuition, fees, room, board, and books at the University of Delaware

Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

One award/year

To apply:

Students may apply online in December

Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements::

Legal residents of Delaware

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

High school seniors who rank in upper half of class

Combined score of 1350 on the SAT

Enroll full-time at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University

Major in the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to political science majors.

Award:

Full tuition, fees, room, board, and books at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University

Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

One award/year/school

To apply:

Students may apply online in December

Herman M. Holloway, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Legal residents of Delaware

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

High school seniors who rank in upper half of class

Combined score of at least 1350 on the SAT

Enroll full-time at Delaware State University

Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline

Award:

Full tuition, fees, room, board, and books for study at Delaware State University.

Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

One award/year

To apply:

Students may apply online in December 2007.

Diamond State Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Legal residents of Delaware

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

High school seniors who rank in upper quarter of class

Combined score of at least 1800 on the SAT

Enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution

Award:

$1,250/year.

Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Approximately 50 awards/year

To apply:

Complete the Common Merit Application on DHEO’s secure Student Account Access site at https://login.doe.k12.de.us/DHEC_student/login.aspx. First-time usersmust establish an account and provide a valid email and mailing address before proceeding to the application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Please be sure to provide all of the required information

Delaware Nursing Incentive Program

Eligibility Requirements:

Legal resident of Delaware

U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

Full-time students enrolled in an accredited program leading to certification as a RN or LPN.

High school seniors must rank in upper half of class with at least a 2.5 cumulative, unweighted GPA.

Undergraduates must meet academic requirements.

Current state employees do not have to be Delaware residents and may be considered for part-time enrollment.

RNs with five or more years of state service may enroll in a BSN program on a full- or part-time basis

Award:

Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses. Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Loan forgiveness provisions for employment at a state-owned hospital or clinic.

Christa McAuliffe Incentive Program

Eligibility requirements:

  • Legal residents of Delaware

· U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

· Full-time students enrolled at a Delaware college in an undergraduate program leading to teacher certification

· High school seniors must rank in upper half of class and have a combined score of 1570 on the SAT

  • Undergraduates must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

· Awards may be provided for programs of study not available in Delaware or prorated for part-time students in a qualifying program.

· Preference is given to applicants planning to teach in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education.

Award:

· Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses.

· Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 2.75

· Loan forgiveness provision at a rate of one year of teaching in a Delaware public school for one year of loan.

To apply:

  • Students may apply online in December .

Delaware Teacher Corps

Eligibility requirements:

  • Legal residents of Delaware .
  • U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens .
  • Full-time enrollment at a Delaware public college in an undergraduate or graduate program leading to teacher certification in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education.
  • Awards may be prorated for students enrolled part-time.
  • First preference will be given to students who intend to teach middle and high school math and science.
  • Second priority is given to students who intend to teach special education in a content area.
  • High school seniors must rank in upper half of graduating class and have a combined score of 1570 on the SAT.
  • All applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Award:

  • Loan not to exceed cost of tuition.
  • Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Loan forgiveness provision at a rate of one year of teaching in a Delaware public school for one year of loan.

Go to Website for all information.

Speech/Language Pathologist Incentive Program

Eligibility requirements

  • Legal residents of Delaware
  • U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Full-time students in a graduate program to prepare them for a speech/language pathologist license
  • Employees of a Delaware public school or a contracted provider of a Birth to 3 Early Intervention System program serving infants and toddlers may enroll part-time.
  • Academic record, community service, and financial need are considered.
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline

Award:

  • Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses
  • Renewable for one additional year
  • Loan forgiveness provision at a rate of two years of employment as a licensed speech pathologist in a Delaware public school or by acontracted provider of a Birth to 3 Early Intervention System program serving infants and toddlers for one year of loan.

Deadlines:

    • Your College Grade Release Form must be submitted directly from your college to the Delaware Higher Education Office.
  • Applicants who apply after the priority deadline will be considered to the extent that funding is available.
  • Must file the FAFSA prior to the application deadline

Optometry Incentive Program

Eligibility requirements :

  • Legal residents of Delaware

· U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

· Full-time students enrolled in a program preparing them for licensure as an optometrist in Delaware.

Award:

· Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses

  • Renewable for one additional year

· Loan forgiveness provisions at a rate of one year of employment as an optometrist for one year of loan

To apply:

  • Students may apply online in December