Financing Your Undergraduate Education

Financial Aid Fast Facts

  • $50 million in Widener University merit scholarships, endowed scholarships, and grants were awarded for all undergraduates in last year's incoming class.
  • Prospective students with an academic profile of a 3.40 cumulative GPA and an average 1030* SAT score (CR + M sections) receive an estimated freshman merit scholarship of $23,000 per year, up to four years.

*SAT reflects scores prior to the March 2016 test date

  • 97% of Widener University’s full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.
  • 100% of first-time, full-time, students who were determined to have financial need received some type of financial aid.
  • The average financial aid package for first-time, full-time, students with financial need was $27,000 for the academic year.

A simple equation shows how it works:

     Cost of attendance*
        - Merit Scholarship
        - Expected Family Contribution
       = Financial Need

*Widener's cost of attendance will vary based on the strength of the applicant's academic merit and family need.

Merit Scholarships

Academically talented students can earn Widener scholarship awards ranging from $9,500 to full tuition based on their academic performance in high school, the strength of their high school curriculum, and their standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships simply by completing an application for admission.

Students receiving a merit scholarship can view the undergraduate satisfactory academic progress guide on the Enrollment Services web page regarding details to maintain their merit award.

Students can qualify for other specialty scholarships such as full-tuition Widener scholarships, Presidential Service Corps awards, music and dance scholarships, ROTC scholarships, and Honors scholarships.

Applications for the following scholarships are available online:

Information on the Give a Year Partnership with City Year and Widener University is found on their web page.

Widener Scholars Full-Tuition Scholarship

Widener awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships each year based on the strength of the applicant pool. Minimum criteria to receive an invitation to interview for a Widener Scholars full-tuition scholarship is listed on the Scholarships web page.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Program

The undergraduate financial aid program at Widener is generous and primarily consists of institutional funds. Widener University offers many scholarships and participates in a variety of financial aid options to assist students and their families in making private education a reality. The financial aid web page provides a comprehensive list of forms and publications to help assist the student in applying for financial aid.

The definition of financial aid is "money or the opportunity to earn money to help pay for education expenses." Grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs are all considered financial aid.

The Enrollment Services web page is a great resource for the completion of business functions at Widener University – everything from checking financial aid, paying a bill, getting your Campus1Card, or assistance with completing your registration.

A student will be eligible to participate in financial aid funding programs if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or have a GED.
  • Are beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance in the state in which the school is located. In addition, a student may not be concurrently enrolled in an elementary or secondary institution.

Information for Veterans

The GI Bill® is an education benefit earned by Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard service members. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training.

Widener University educational programs are eligible for Veterans Education Benefits. If you have questions about your eligibility, please visit the veterans web page for more information.

Widener CARES

The Widener CARES scholarship program provides the opportunity for a quality four-year education to children of military personnel who were killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Please contact Enrollment Services for details.

Net Price Calculator

Get started now by using our Net Price Calculator. Intended for undergraduate, first-time, full-time students, the Net Price Calculator is an online tool to help you estimate your eligibility for financial aid and your annual cost per year (calculated by taking your estimated yearly costs minus the financial aid you expect to receive in that year).

Note: The Net Price Calculator is not an application for financial aid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance.

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this Net Price Calculator, keep in mind that this estimate does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance. It shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, Widener University, or the State, and may change. Widener University’s Student Financial Services has the final authority of determining any financial aid awarded to you.