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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and grants are two important components that can help keep your educational costs manageable. Learn more about the opportunities that are available to you at Holy Cross.

Institutional Scholarships

Holy Cross' scholarship program is primarily need-based, although a limited number of merit-based awards are available to students who qualify.

  • Holy Cross Scholarships: Eligibility for Holy Cross Scholarship funding is determined based on financial need as demonstrated through the financial aid application process. More than 441 first-year students are awarded Holy Cross Scholarship funding each year. Scholarship award amounts range from $500 to more than $50,700, depending on financial need. Students must reapply each year for Holy Cross Scholarship funding. A complete application and continued demonstrated financial need are required for renewal of this award. In future years, changes in family financial circumstances or in the number of dependent family members enrolled in undergraduate education will affect your eligibility for this program. Holy Cross Scholarships are limited to eight semesters.
  • Tuition Scholarships: These are merit-based awards offered at the point of admission, with student eligibility determined by the Admissions Office:
    • The Ellis Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship that is awarded to a Worcester resident high school graduate.
    • The Brooks Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to a major in the music department.
    • The Bean Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to a major in the classics department.

Federal Grants

The following two grants are administered directly by Holy Cross’ Financial Aid Office and are for students with exceptional need.

  • Federal Pell Grants: The Pell Grant is a federally funded program with grant amounts ranging from $606 to $5,920 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Student eligibility for this program is determined by federal need analysis.
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG): SEOG is a federal grant program for students who, according to federal need analysis, are determined to exhibit exceptional financial need. Holy Cross is granted a limited amount of funding from this program and priority SEOG eligibility is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Outside Resources

Here is some information on a variety of other options for you to explore to obtain scholarships and grants from places you might not have considered.

  • State-sponsored scholarships: If you are a resident of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or Vermont, Holy Cross expects that you will take advantage of state-sponsored scholarship programs by applying to them directly. Apply free online at The deadlines and further instructions for particular state scholarships can be found on the FAFSA. 
  • Local opportunities: Corporations, foundations, civic groups, parent and school associations, and service clubs routinely offer scholarships to local high school students. Check with your high school guidance office to learn how you can apply for these scholarships.
  • ROTC scholarships and stipends: The Navy ROTC program at Holy Cross offers full and partial tuition scholarships to selected cadets and midshipmen. A full four-year NROTC scholarship student attending Holy Cross receives a monthly tax-free stipend for expenses during the academic year. The monthly stipend is currently $250 for freshman, $300 for sophomores, $350 for juniors, and $400 for seniors. Scholarship students also receive a semester book stipend of $375. In addition, scholarship students at Holy Cross also receive a Holy Cross NROTC Scholarship Incentive Grant, which equals standard room charges each year. The Incentive Grant is only applicable toward on-campus room charges. For more information, contact the Holy Cross Naval ROTC office at 508-793-2433 or

Army and Air Force ROTC are offered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and, through the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, Holy Cross students may enroll in one of those programs. A full four-year Army or Air Force ROTC Scholarship student is also eligible for the Incentive Grant, equal to standard room charges each year and is also only applicable toward on-campus room charges. For more information, see or Army ROTC.