Just like traditional students, online students hunt for valuable scholarships to avoid the unpleasant, huge student loan debt.
Fortunately, students enrolled in properly accredited distance learning programs have essentially the same eligibility for scholarships as traditional students. Students pursuing an online degree from a traditional college will likely qualify for many of the scholarships in the college's and college department's general funds.
We put together an extensive list of scholarships for online students including scholarships from traditional schools and online schools.
Online Student Scholarships
(Alphabetically arranged by school name.)
ASU Online provides numerous scholarships for online students including the Regents High Honors Endorsement, for eligible Arizona high school graduates. ASU Online provides an array of private scholarships. The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies provides scholarships for specific degree programs.
Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University provides scholarships specifically for Extended Learning students.
The Edward Gersich Distance Education Scholarship: Students receive $1,000. Applicants must be an online student at least 25 years old, have junior or senior status and have a GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be a graduate or undergraduate student in an online program and live in northern Minnesota or have ties to the area, and seek a degree in teacher education.
The Gladys McKinley Distance Learning Scholarship: Selected students in teacher education degree programs receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Northern Minnesota Distance Learning Professional Scholarship: Students receive $1,000. Applicants must be from northern Minnesota (Brainerd area and north), declared in an online program, have a GPA of 3.0 and be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a degree to prepare for work in a professional setting.
Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music
Celebrity Online Scholarships: Students can use the $1,449 scholarships for online course tuition. The school provides the scholarships to the most promising online students. Candidates must have successfully completed at least one course in a Berklee Online Certificate program.
Capella University provides enrolled students scholarships to help them fund their online degree. Any student in a qualified program who meets specific eligibility requirements can apply for a scholarship. Capella University does not base online college scholarships for new students on financial need.
Central Community College in Nebraska
Students at a Distance Scholarship: The school provides up to 10, $500 scholarships to students seeking a degree or a diploma through Central Community College. Applicants for the online college scholarships must have successfully completed, at a minimum, six credit hours of coursework delivered at a distance through Central Community College during the prior year as well as earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Colorado State University-Global Campus provides online college scholarships such as:
Academic Excellence Scholarship: Candidates need a GPA of 4.0.
Alumni Continuing Education Scholarship: Candidates must have obtained a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University-Global Campus and seek a graduate degree at the school.
Associate Degree Advancement Scholarship: Candidates must have an associate degree and seek a bachelor's degree.
Career Enhancement Scholarship: The school provides these scholarships for online college to students seeking a degree in their dedicated field in order to acquire new knowledge and skills to advance their career.
Community and Diversity Advocate Scholarship: The university provides these scholarships to students involved and engaged leaders in their communities.
CSU-Global Mission Scholarships: The school gives these scholarships to students who exemplify the Colorado State University-Global Campus mission by working to transform their lives through completing their degrees.
First Generation College Student Scholarship: The school gives these scholarships to students attempting to become the first member of their immediate family to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Boundless Opportunity On-The-Horizon Scholarships: Recipients of these scholarships are close to completing a bachelor's degree but may not complete the degree due to financial hardship.
Parent/Guardian Scholarship: The school gives these scholarships to students working toward a bachelor's degree while they're also being a parent or a guardian to a child.
U.S. Military Personnel and Family Scholarship: U.S. Military personnel and their family members may apply for these scholarships.
Online students are eligible for CTU scholarships and grants such as:
Career Education Scholarship Fund: CTU gives $500 to $2,000 per academic year for students with financial need.
Advantage Grant: CTU provides $500 per academic program for students with personal and/or financial hardships
CTU Higher Education Alliances Grant: Candidates must have previously graduated from an institution which has an articulation agreement with Colorado Technical University.
CTU Corporate Educational Alliances Grant: The grant helps eligible students and their immediate family members. Candidates must be an employee of the corporate educational alliance or an immediate family member of an employee.
Homeland Security Grant: Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree program are eligible for a one-time $5,000 grant.
Graduate Project Management Scholarship: CTU gives the scholarship to students enrolled in an online Master's degree level program with a Project Management concentration at CTU.
Wounded Warrior Scholarship: Wounded service members and their spouses currently recovering at selected Warrior Transition Units from injuries from combat and earning their degree from CTU are eligible for the scholarship.
Lifelong Learning Grant: CTU alumni who completed a bachelor's degree and enrolled in a graduate program are eligible for a $2000 grant. Alumni enrolled in a graduate program and seeking another full graduate degree from CTU are eligible for a $500 grant.
Columbia College provides Online Campus Scholarships including:
Associate Degree Transfer Grant: $375 ($75 per session).
CCAA Scholars Program: Students receive $1,000. Candidates must have completed, at a minimum, 24 Columbia College credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship: Students receive $1,000. It's a competitive award for military veterans seeking a degree who have a GPA of 2.5.
eScholarship: Students receive $1,000. The school gives the scholarships for online college to undergraduate students who completed, at a minimum, three online courses during the current academic year, have at least 21 hours of coursework with Columbia College from traditional classes or from online classes, have at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with Columbia College and working on their first bachelor's degree.
Two-in-Family Grant: $75 per session. Columbia College provides the grant to full-time students with an immediate family member enrolled full-time at Columbia College.
Columbia Southern University provides annual scholarships for online students including:
New Beginning Scholarship: The university provides a 20 percent tuition reduction to students who enroll in the term option for four consecutive terms.
Learning Partner Scholarship: CSU provides a special scholarship program exclusively for learning partners. The scholarship covers up to $12,600 for one online degree program. The scholarship only covers tuition.
Robert G. Mayes Memorial Scholarship: The university provides one CSU alumnus seeking an online Master's degree from CSU $10,000.
Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship: CSU provides six scholarships. Every award date CSU provides a scholarship to a spouse or child of a National Guard or active military man or woman and to a spouse or child of a public safety personnel. The scholarship covers up to $12,600 for one online degree program. The scholarship only covers tuition.
Columbia Southern University provides Fire Scholarships, Criminal Justice Scholarships and Military Scholarships.
Dallas County Community College District Foundation
Ted Pohrte Distance Learning Scholarship: Students receive up to $225 per semester up to $450 per year (fall semester and spring semester only).
The 18K College Completer Scholarship: The university provides this merit-based award to qualified students seeking to complete their bachelor's degree or associate degree at DeVry University.
Career Catalyst Scholarship: The university provides the merit-based award to new students enrolling at DeVry University seeking a bachelor's degree or an associate degree.
Florida International University provides students various types of scholarships including the First Generation Scholarship, the Bright Futures Scholarship for eligible high school graduates, and online college scholarships from institutional programs for academic merit assistance and graduate assistance.
Community/Technical College Distance Learning Scholarship: The scholarships are available to qualified students at a community/technical college. Franklin University provides the $500 scholarships to students at partnering community colleges who have taken at least one distance education course. The university does not require community college students to enroll at Franklin University to receive the scholarship.
Harvard Extension School
Lowell Scholarships: Candidates include middle school and high school teachers as well as high school students in the Boston area. Students can use the Lowell Scholarship for online courses. The scholarships for online students cover 50 percent of tuition charges.
Kansas State University Global Campus
The Division of Continuing Education DCE Scholarship for Distance Students: The school provides $900 to undergraduate students and $1,200 to graduate students.
The Maurine Allison O'Bannon Memorial Scholarship: Students receive $1,000 awards.
The university provides scholarships including:
- Sothern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV)
- Liberty Advantage
- Heroes Fund Scholarship
- International Mission Board (IMB)
- Emergency Response Personnel
- Canadian Student Initiative
- West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB)
- Word of Life Bible Institute
National University provides scholarships for online college students including the Transfer to Success Scholarship, Collegiate Honor Award, Military Tuition Scholarship, Presidential Tuition Scholarship and Veteran's Victory Scholarship.
From time to time Northcentral University provides grant opportunities.
Ecampus grants: The school provides the grants based on need to students enrolled in a program of study provided through Extended Campus. The grants provide students up to $1,000 per term. Students can only use the grant money for Ecampus tuition and fees.
Available scholarships for online students:
- Fischer Family Scholarship for Continuing and Distance Education
- Alpha Sigma Lambda*
- Penn State Outreach Advisory Board Scholarship in the World Campus
- Alexander P. Fletcher Navy Student Award
- Jane Ireland Student Scholarship Fund*
- Trustee Scholarship Program
- *Scholarships for currently enrolled students
Students interested in the scholarships for online college need to have a FAFSA on file, receive admittance from Penn State World Campus and complete an application.
All One Family Scholarship Program: The program provides a 25 percent tuition grant to students in Post University's Accelerated Online and Evening & Weekend Programs. The All One Family Scholarship Program helps families with multiple students enrolled at Post University.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
The college provides online students transfer scholarships including:
SMWC Associate degree scholarship: Students receive up to $2,000 towards the cost of tuition only.
SMWC Transfer Grant: Students receive up to $2,000 towards the cost of tuition only.
The college provides non-transfer scholarships for online students such as:
Phi Theta Kappa: Students receive up to $1,000 to cost of tuition only.
SMWC Legacy Grant: Students receive up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition only.
SMWC Academic Achievement Grant: The college provides up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition only for students enrolled full-time and $500 per year towards the cost of tuition only for students enrolled less than full-time.
SMWC Teach: Students receive up to $2,000 towards tuition only.
Continuing Education Scholarship: Candidates include SNHU Online students and matriculated SNHU Continuing Education students.
The Dr. Jeannette A. Ritzenthaler Scholarship provide scholarships to students from the Lake Region of New Hampshire enrolled in the Continuing Education or Online Undergraduate program. The Martha Van Hyland Scholarship goes to residents matriculated in SNHU Continuing Education or Online bachelor's degree program. The Deborah Farse Memorial Transfer Scholarship goes to women from New Hampshire who seek to transfer at least three credits from another institution to the College of Online and Continuing Education at SNHU toward a bachelor's degree or an associate degree.
Strayer University provides two scholarships to qualifying students:
Academic Readiness Scholarship: Candidates for the $1,000 scholarships for online college include new and readmit students registering for a Bachelor's degree program.
Academic Readiness Scholarship: Candidates for the $1,000 scholarships include new and readmit students registering for a Master's degree program.
SUNY Empire State College
The Center for Distance Learning Scholarships include:
Morton Bahr Scholarship: The online college scholarships help union members and other workers pursuing a degree at Empire State College. The scholarship awards fully cover tuition, fees and special services.
Dr. John M. Bechem II Scholarship: The school provides $500 scholarships for online students, with an interest in technology, who seek an associate, bachelor or master degree.
The State University of New York at Potsdam
Thomas L. and Jane D. Russell Distance Education Scholarship: Students receive $1,000 for distance education coursework. Candidates must have successfully completed at least one credit-bearing distance education course at SUNY Potsdam or any other institution. Candidates are also required to register for a second distance education course. Any SUNY Potsdam distance education credit-bearing course is eligible for consideration.
Maxwell and Dolores King Scholarship: The school provides this online college scholarship to distance education students pursuing a Leadership Educational Administration Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration; based on scholastics merit. The College of Education provides two scholarships at $1,500 each.
University of Maryland University College
Each year the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) provides scholarships to more than 3,500 students. UMUC bases the scholarships on merit and/or financial need. The university provides specially designated scholarships to graduate students, undergraduate students, community college transfers, military servicemembers, veterans, military spouses, students in specific academic programs and more.
Phoenix Scholarship Reward program: Online students become eligible for the program after they complete their first 24 credit hours within 52 weeks in an undergraduate degree program. Students save up to $10,000 for their bachelor's degree program or $3,750 for their associate degree if they maintain consistent enrollment.
University of Wisconsin--Platteville Distance Education
Dawn Drake Excellence in Distance Education Scholarship: The university looks for candidates seeking a degree and enrolled in any University of Wisconsin - Platteville Distance Education program. Students also need at least a 3.0 GPA and successfully completed one course in the University of Wisconsin- Platteville Distance Education program. The university provides the online college scholarship to graduate and undergraduate students.
Edelweiss Fund scholarship: The university gives the scholarship for online college to one or more University of Wyoming Outreach School students to help them complete their University distance delivered academic program. The Edelweiss funds gives priority to students recently or newly enrolled in an academic program delivered via the University of Wyoming's Outreach School; female non-traditional students; preferably Wyoming resident students from a family which have not had family members who graduated from college and single mothers.
The university provides a variety of scholarships for online students including scholarships based on degree level and area of study. Walden University also provides social change scholarships and grants.
Western Governors University provides numerous scholarships including WGU General Scholarships, WGU Partner Scholarships, scholarships for military personnel, veterans and spouses, and scholarships from external sources.