We believe that your exceptional talents and hard work should be rewarded. So while we offer a wide range of need-based options for your financial aid, we also offer competitive merit-based awards, which are determined without regard to your financial circumstances. These scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition and are renewable for up to four years.

Merit scholarships are awarded through the Admissions process and do not require a separate application unless noted. Decisions are based on your academic performance, achievement in leadership, community service, co-curricular activities, and other talents. Renewal is contingent upon meeting specific requirements summarized under 'Eligibility' for each award. Merits are reviewed for renewal at the end of the spring term, unless you are notified otherwise.

If you are a traditional, transfer, Dix, or international undergraduate student please refer to the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship section below.

If you are a graduate student, please refer to the Graduate Merit Scholarship section below.

All students are given equal opportunity in consideration for institutional merit scholarships. The use of Veterans Education Benefits does not preclude you from receiving institutional aid.

Institutional Merit Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

First Year Scholarships

First year students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply to Simmons. They do not require a separate application and are part of the admission process.  They range from $15,000 to $25,000 per year, renewable for four years.

These include the Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Director’s Scholarship, and Achievement Scholarship.

Gilbert & Marcia Kotzen Scholarship

First year students can apply for this scholarship to include full tuition, room and board, and fees.  The scholarship also includes an additional $3,000 for academic pursuits outside the classroom. The deadline to apply is December 1.

Simmons Boston Scholarship

First year students from Boston Public and Charter high schools can interview for consideration for the Simmons Boston Scholarship.  Interested students will also need to submit a nomination letter.  The scholarship includes full tuition.  The deadline to submit the admission application and the Boston Scholarship nomination letter is February 1.

Fish Scholarship

First year students affiliated with one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation can apply for this scholarship. The award is $15,000 per year, renewable for four years. There is also an additional, one-time $2,500 awarded for an experience that promotes global citizenship.

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply to Simmons. These do not require a separate application. The scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.

Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholarship 

Dix scholars are automatically considered for the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholarship. This scholarship is $3,400 for the first two consecutive semesters of enrollment ($1,700 per semester).

Alumnae/i Scholarship

Children and grandchildren of Simmons graduates automatically qualify to receive an Alumnae Scholarship of $2,000 per year, renewable for four years. No separate application is required.

Endowed Scholarships

All students who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled full-time are automatically considered. There is no separate application process, however if you wish to submit additional information for consideration, please complete the Information Profile. Please note that these scholarships are awarded annually and not automatically renewed for subsequent years.

Graduate Scholarships

Limited grant aid is available based on academic excellence and/or financial need, depending on funding of the individual graduate programs. View available aid by school:

Outside Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Services urges applicants for financial aid to explore all possible sources of funds. To learn more and see the latest on outside scholarships, please visit:

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grant Directories/Databases

You may also want to contact the following organizations to find out about scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply:

  • Your high school
  • Fraternal or social organizations in your home town
  • Your place of worship
  • Your hometown city hall
  • Your state board of higher education 

About State Scholarships

Undergraduate students should contact their state's board of higher education regarding application and eligibility requirements for any available scholarships. Not all states allow their grant monies to be used out of state. Currently, students from Pennsylvania and Vermont may use their state scholarship at Simmons College. State scholarships may be substituted for institutional grants.

Advice Regarding Paid Scholarship Search Offers

We strongly advise you NOT to pay any scholarship search firm. Most likely, if an organization is asking for a payment to help you search for scholarships, they are not providing a legitimate service.