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
Simmons Scholarship: Awarded to: Required to Maintain: Awards
Trustee Scholarship First year students 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment $24,000 per year ($96,000 four-year scholarship)
Presidential Scholarship First year students 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment $22,000 per year ($88,000 four-year scholarship)
Provost Scholarship First year students 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment  $20,000 per year ($80,000 four-year scholarship)
Dean's Scholarship First year students 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment $18,000 per year ($72,000 four-year scholarship)
Achievement Scholarship First year and Transfer students 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment  $15,000 per year ($60,000 four-year scholarship)
Alumnae/i Scholarships Daughters and granddaughters of Simmons graduates $2000 per year ($8,000 four-year scholarship)
Gilbert & Marcia Kotzen Scholarship First year students 3.2 GPA and full-time enrollment Full tuition, mandatory fees, and on-campus room and board. Plus an additional $3000 for academic pursuits outside of the classroom
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. Varies
Simmons Boston Scholarship Boston public high school graduates 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment Full tuition
Fish Scholarship First year students affiliated with one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation  3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment $60,000 four-year scholarship. Plus an additional, one-time $2500 for an experience that promotes global citizenship
Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Scholarships Dix scholars One-time award $3,400 split evenly ($1,700 per semester) between the first two consecutive semesters of enrollment
*Satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment
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.