While we offer a range of need-based financial aid options, we also offer competitive merit-based scholarships, 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.
We believe that your exceptional talents and hard work should be rewarded
Merit scholarships are awarded through the Admissions process and most do not require a separate application. 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.
Scholarships Awarded as Part of the Admission Process
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.
Transfer students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply to Simmons. These do not require a separate application and are part of the admission process.The scholarships range from $7,000 to $17,000 per year.
Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholarship
Dix scholars are automatically considered for the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholarship when they apply to Simmons. They do not require a separate application and are part of the admission process. (This scholarship is up to $5,000 for the first two consecutive semesters of
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.
First Year Scholarships that Require a Separate Application
The Kotzen Scholarships
The Kotzen Scholarship provides full tuition, room & board, plus an additional $3,000 for academic pursuits such as study abroad, research support, and more. Applications are due December 1st.
The Boston Scholarships
The Boston Scholarship provides full tuition, specifically for students graduating from one of the Boston Public High Schools or charter schools. Applications are due February 1st.
The Fish Scholarship
The Fish Scholarship provides $15,000 per year for student affiliated with one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Fish Family Foundation. The award is renewable for four years and there is a one time $2,500 awarded for an experience that promotes global citizenship. Applications are due March 1st.
Study Abroad Scholarships
As of Fall 2018, Simmons has a Home School Tuition model for study abroad. This model allows all Simmons grant and scholarship aid to be used for approved semester abroad programs and is reflective of the university’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion. The financial aid process closely mirrors a semester on campus where students will pay Simmons tuition, housing, as well as a study abroad fee.
In addition, there are a select number of Simmons scholarships designated for students planning to study overseas.
If you are looking for outside scholarships to help reduce cost, we would encourage you to reach out to your high school guidance office to first learn about any local scholarships you might be eligible for. We have compiled a list of free outside scholarship searches that may help you find additional resources to apply to your cost of attendance.
- Career One Stop
- The College Board
- HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration
- Pathways to Science
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.