Grants, Scholarships and Other Opportunities

Paying for College

Scholarships, grants, and fellowship funds are forms of financial aid you do not have to pay back. These types of aid are available from various organizations such as; Senators, Delegates, the federal government, community groups, departments, Howard University, etc.

Deadlines for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information and other requirements vary, so be sure to read any information provided in detail if you are a domestic student. The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) is a form that is used to determine need-based eligibility for institutional aid. This application is to be completed by international students only. 

Federal & State Scholarships & Grants

To be considered for federal and state scholarships and grants, you will need to complete a FAFSA every year. Each state's FAFSA deadline may vary. The application and state deadlines are listed on


 Please inquire directly with the awarding organization for additional information regarding scholarship eligibility and requirements.

Scholarships and Grants

Please be aware, that state grants and scholarships will not be certified until after the census date for each respective academic semester. The Office of Financial Aid will begin the certification process on:

Fall 2022: October 1, 2022 **

Spring 2023: February 14, 2023 **


* Thurgood Marshall College Fund deadline is August 22, 2022.

** Please check Howard University's 2022 - 2023 Academic Calendar periodically as these dates are subject to change.

Other Scholarships

Scholarships offered and administered by specific academic departments and outside organizations will have varying requirements and deadlines. Contact your academic department chair or the outside organization directly for additional information.

Review here for a list of other external scholarships and scholarships for Non-US Citizens.



Available to incoming freshmen. The HUFS award criteria for incoming freshmen may change every year. No internal application is needed. Eligibility for merit-based awards is determined based on students' SAT/ACT scores/high school GPAs that are entered into our system by the Office of Admissions.

Allocations for HUFS Transfer scholarships may change every year as well. This means funding may not be available every year for new transfer students. However, transfer students who previously received the HUFS Transfer awards may continue to receive them as long as they are meeting the criteria outlined in their contracts for renewal.

Eligibility for need-based HUFS awards is determined based on a range of students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC). FAFSA is required for domestic students. ISFAA is required for international students. Students may accept their HUFS offers by accepting the Terms and Conditions on their BisonWeb portal in addition to signing and submitting the HUFS Acceptance Agreement to the Office of Financial Aid by the designated deadline.

HUFS awards will expire after 4 years of enrollment or if the undergraduate student graduates before completing 4 years. The full-time earned credits and cumulative GPA requirements are outlined in the eligibility requirements of the individual contracts.

Types of HUFS Awards- students are only able to receive one type of HUFS award below:

  • HU Presidential Scholarship
  • HU Achievers Scholarship
  • HU Founders Scholarship
  • HU Capstone Scholarship
  • HU Leadership Scholarship
  • HU Opportunity Grant
  • HU Access Grant

Review here for HUFS FAQs!

Review here for information about Scholarships and Grants in Spanish!