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Scholarships & Grants

Bryant will offer roughly $16 million in grants and merit scholarships to incoming students in the upcoming year. Many Bryant students receive some form of grant, scholarship, work-study, and/or loan assistance.


All new students are considered for academic scholarships at Bryant as part of the admission application process. You do not need to apply for financial aid to be considered. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.

The Office of Financial Aid maintains an online listing of scholarships available through many companies and organizations.

First-Time Freshman Academic Scholarships

Bryant University offers a range of scholarships to outstanding applicants. Recipients are selected based on a variety of considerations including high school grade point average, SAT performance (if submitted), high school class rank, student leadership and participation, etc. Scholarships are renewable for up to four consecutive years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study at Bryant, based on academic performance requirements specified in the scholarship letter from the Office of Admission. Academic scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. 

Transfer Student Academic Scholarships

If you are applying for admission to Bryant as a transfer student, we will review your eligibility for a limited number of academic scholarships. These scholarships are renewable as long as you maintain appropriate academic standing.

Special Programs

Athletic Scholarships

Bryant offers a limited number of scholarships through some of its men’s and women’s varsity programs. For further information, contact the Department of Athletics at (401) 232-6070.

Family Discount

When two or more siblings from the same family are simultaneously enrolled as full-time traditional undergraduates, the second student receives a tuition discount of 10 percent from the University, as long as both continue to be enrolled. Students must contact the Office of Financial Aid to apply.

Smithfield Scholarship

One full-tuition scholarship is awarded per year to the top-ranked (using weighted rank) Smithfield High School graduate who is in the top 10 percent of his/her class and has been admitted to Bryant. This scholarship is renewable for four consecutive years of full-time study if the student maintains the designated GPA.


Yes! If you are applying to Bryant you do not need to submit any additional forms beyond your application in order to be considered for academic merit scholarships. Recipients are notified by the Office of Admission.
Yes, for up to four years (eight semesters), provided that you maintain full-time (at least 12 credits) enrollment status and a cumulative grade point average detailed on the scholarship letter you receive from the Office of Admission.
All Bryant scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement prior to attending the University. Like most institutions, Bryant has no scholarship programs that provide financial rewards for doing well while in attendance.
Yes, Bryant offers a limited number of academic scholarships in this category.
On very rare occasions the receipt of these kinds of scholarships will require Bryant to make adjustments to your aid package. When possible, the Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to make these required adjustments to work-study or loan awards rather than to grants.


Grants are awarded primarily to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate the need for financial assistance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Grants do not require repayment. Continued eligibility is based on an annual review of information submitted on the FAFSA each year. Like all need-based awards, Bryant University grants may vary from year to year based on FAFSA information.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are available for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) within a range determined each year by the U.S. Department of Education. At Bryant, the majority of students eligible for Federal Pell Grants will also receive a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) are reserved for students with exceptional financial need. Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs will be considered first for FSEOGs.

How to apply

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA). This document is used to determine eligibility for federal and institutional aid, including Bryant University grants. Bryant’s federal school code is 003402.

Do this by filing a FAFSA. In some instances you will be required to submit information or documents in addition to the FAFSA to complete the process.
Eligibility is a function of the information reported each year on the FAFSA and other related materials. You must complete a FAFSA each year to be considered. Our Office of Financial Aid will make your eligibility known to you each year via email.
No. Recipients must complete the FAFSA each year in order to be considered for these awards.


Army ROTC Scholarship Program

Government-funded Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualified Bryant students. Each recipient receives the full value of tuition per year plus an annual book allowance, academic fees, and a monthly stipend from the ROTC command. Scholarships are available for two-, three-, and four-year terms. In return, scholarship winners enter into a contractual arrangement with the U.S. Army, agreeing to accept an Army commission as a second lieutenant.

The ROTC scholarship will cover the direct cost of tuition assessed by the University in both the fall and spring terms. For ROTC scholarship recipients who also reside on campus, Bryant provides funding to cover the direct costs of room and board. For information regarding the amount and conditions of this supplemental fund, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (401) 232-6020.

Army ROTC Tuition Assistance

Any qualified student who enters the Army ROTC Advanced Course and agrees to accept an Army commission as a second lieutenant receives a tax-free stipend for each school month during the Advanced Course. This stipend is given to all ROTC Advanced Course students and is unrelated to the Army ROTC Scholarship Program.

National Guard Tuition Assistance

Members of the National Guard may qualify for state-sponsored tuition assistance programs. They also may qualify for Army ROTC tuition assistance benefits under provisions of the Army ROTC Simultaneous Memberships Program. If you are interested in this program, contact your State Adjutant General’s Office or the Bryant University ROTC Office.

Private Programs

Many private philanthropic organizations, foundations, and corporations can be significant resources for scholarships. Local sponsors of such programs include service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, the American Legion, and parent-teacher groups. Your high school guidance office may have further details. Federal aid applicants are obligated to report the receipt of all such awards to Bryant's Office of Financial Aid.

State Scholarship & Grant Programs

Many states offer financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, work or loans. Types of aid and eligibility requirements vary among the states. Check with your state agency for details.

Veterans Administration Educational Benefits

Many Veterans Administration programs are available to eligible veterans and/or their dependents. Contact your local Veterans Administration Office if you feel you may be eligible for assistance in any of the following categories:

  1. Children, spouses, widows, or widowers of veterans who died or were permanently/totally disabled in or as a result of service in the armed forces of the United States;
  2. Children of servicemen or servicewomen missing in action, or prisoners of war for more than 90 day;
  3. Qualified veterans who were on continuous active duty for at least 181 days ending after January 1, 1965, or people currently on active duty.

For additional information pertaining to Veterans Benefits at Bryant University, contact:

Kerri Forbes
Veterans Benefits Coordinator
Office of the Registrar/Academic Records
Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
401-232-6512 phone
401-232-6065 fax

Vocational Rehabilitation

A vocational rehabilitation program operates in every state to help disabled people return to productive activity. In certain cases, the vocational rehabilitation agency will help a disabled student pay for college expenses. If you receive payment from Vocational Rehabilitation, Manpower Development, or from similar assistance programs, the full value of such payments must be recognized as a resource in the financial aid process.

To learn more, please contact:

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: (401) 232-6020
Email:  finaid@bryant.edu

>>Bryant federal school code: 003402