Other Grant Options

Outside Scholarships

Any outside scholarship that a student receives will be applied first to any unmet financial need. If there is no unmet financial need, we will first reduce federal work study, then loan(s), and lastly grant money. Most financial aid professionals and guidance counselors recommend students use FastWeb when searching for outside scholarships online. This website is free for students and does a nationwide search for scholarships. Libraries, a parent’s employer, your guidance office, and community organizations are other good places to inquire.

All legitimate scholarship searches should be free and should not ask for any credit card or bank information. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a scholarship offer or search, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Better Business Bureau.

ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS

The ROTC Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information.

Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards (see following link for details) https://www.goarmy.com/content/dam/goarmy/downloaded_assets/pdfs/hs-scholarship-physical-assessment-17.pdf
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Your Commitment

  • An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
  • Serve full-time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career

Apply Online For An Army ROTC Four-Year High School Scholarship

If you are applying for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site on the following link: https://hs.usarmyrotc.com/dana-na/auth/url_22/welcome.cgi

Educational Assistance for Veterans 

The Veterans Administration administers programs for veterans and service people seeking assistance for education or training. Veterans and service people who initially entered the military on or after January 1, 1977 may receive educational assistance under a contributory plan. A deferred payment plan is available for veterans enrolling full-time. Additional information regarding veterans' benefits, as well as college applications, may be obtained through the Roger Williams University Veterans Affairs Office.

CHAPTER 33 AND RWU AID POLICY (Effective 7/1/2020)

POST-9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33)

Veterans and service members who served for at least 90 days of aggregate active duty after 9/11, and are still on active duty, or if they were honorably discharged or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

POST-9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33) AT RWU

The Post-9/11 GI Bill program is comprised of multiple payments. All payments and maximum amounts listed below are applicable to individuals eligible for the full benefit (100% eligibility tier). At RWU, eligible students that meet 100% eligibility tier, will receive a maximum tuition and fee reimbursement up to $25,162.14 per academic year effectively August 1, 2020. Chapter tuition and fees benefits are paid directly to Roger Williams University and applied to your student account direct-billed charges.

The Post-9/11 will also include benefits such as a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies. The VA will send any books benefit and housing allowance payments directly to you (the student) and not the university. Students should plan to use a portion of your housing allowance to pay for any relevant on-campus room and board charges.

YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM AT RWU

As RWU tuition and fees exceed the annual cap offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be eligible for extra payment under the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher tuition costs that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.

RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 spots in the program at any one time; spots are not tied to an individual major, but the student must be enrolled as a full-time day student. The institution is required to approve spots to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and when all spots are being utilized, a spot will not be available until one of the students using a spot has graduated or left the institution. For the 2019-2020 academic year, RWU provided a maximum of $5,389 per year to eligible undergraduate day students.

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE YELLOW RIBBON?

You may qualify for this program if you meet the requirements listed below:
You must qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Received a Fry Scholarship on or after August 1, 2018, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level, or
  • Find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • Are receiving the Fry Scholarship (beginning August 1, 2018)

In order to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program at RWU, applicants must:

  1. Already be officially accepted to RWU
  2. Submit an application to the Yellow Ribbon Program
  3. Submit a copy of a Certificate Eligibility showing 100% eligibility for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

GI BILL BENEFITS AND VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITAION AID REVISION POLICY

It is not uncommon for a student to already be receiving federal, state, or institutional aid at Roger Williams University prior to either becoming eligible for or choosing to utilize their GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Once the eligibility for GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits has been determined, a student already in possession of a university aid letter should expect to receive a revised financial aid award. This revision will typically ensure that GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, when combined with university funding, does not exceed direct tuition and fees. Eligibility for federal and state funding, including loans, can be used to offset room, board and other educational expenses.

This revision process will ensure compliance with internal and external policies as well as federal regulations. Potential GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefit students who are already in receipt of financial aid from the university should consult with the Financial Aid office to ensure that they have an accurate understanding of how their aid could be revised once they choose to employ GI Bill/VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits.

RWU Yellow Ribbon Program Application

For questions on the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact Gina Rigby at grigby@rwu.edu or (401-254-3100).