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Grants and Scholarships

Keene State awards several categories of grants and scholarships that don’t have to be repaid.

First-Year and Transfer Student Merit Scholarships

Your hard work and success in school is recognized through Keene State’s Merit Scholarships to provide you with support for your college career.

As a first-year or transfer student applicant, you are considered for all merit awards and you don’t have to submit an additional application or essay. These scholarships may be awarded to you if you plan to attend Keene State full-time to earn a degree and if you meet the academic requirements for the scholarships at the time your admissions application is reviewed.

The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will make sure that you get the highest award for which you qualify. Please note that these funds are used to pay for your tuition only (not housing, meal plans, books, or other costs). Award ranges are listed below – they are relative to the costs of in-state and out-of-state attendance. These ranges are reviewed annually, and can change from year to year.

President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes outstanding academic accomplishment in school. This scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate superior academic performance and have earned a GPA between 3.5-4.0. NH students may receive a scholarship up to $6,000, and students from outside of NH may receive a scholarship up to $7,500.

Dean’s Award

The Dean’s Award is offered to students who are dedicated to their academic success, are engaged with their studies, and have earned a GPA between 3.0-3.49. New Hampshire students are eligible for a scholarship up to $3,500. Students from outside New Hampshire are eligible for a scholarship up to $6,000.

Enrichment Award

The Enrichment Award recognizes students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at Keene State and have earned a GPA between 2.40-2.99. New Hampshire students may receive a scholarship up to $2,000. Students from outside New Hampshire may receive up to $3,000.

Promise Award

As Keene State is committed to making education affordable to all, the Promise Award recognizes students who demonstrate academic potential but perhaps did not reach that potential while in high school. Students with a GPA below 2.40 may receive a Promise Award up to $1,000.

Merit Scholarship Renewal

Merit scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters, and students must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more). Students are expected to make progress toward their degree, and remain in good disciplinary standing. The GPA renewal requirements are: President’s and Dean’s 3.0, Enrichment 2.5, and Promise 2.0.

Once you file your FAFSA with Keene State’s Federal School Code (002590), you will find out if you have access to additional need-based aid. Be sure to file as soon as possible to maximize your aid. The priority deadline for filing your FAFSA is March 1, 2022. Our financial aid counselors are here to answer questions you have and to help you get started.

Visit Scholarship

Get rewarded for taking the initiative! You’ve taken important steps to be informed and learn about your higher education options by visiting the Keene State campus and meeting with our admissions counselors. This $1,000 scholarship is offered to all incoming students for the 2023-2024 academic year who have completed a registered visit to the Keene State campus.

Housing Scholarship

Did you know that students who live on campus are more likely to succeed academically and thrive socially? Keene State College is investing in the success of our students by offering a Housing Scholarship for all students who live in one of Keene State’s residence halls. NH-based students receive $500 and out-of-state students receive $2,000, renewable each year.

Granite Guarantee at Keene State

Our Pledge to Your Education

The Granite Guarantee at Keene State covers the cost of tuition for all first-time, first-year Pell Grant-eligible New Hampshire students enrolled for the first time in the 2021-22 academic year. This program bridges the gap between a recipient’s total federal and state aid, institutional gift aid and the cost of in-state tuition ($11,754 for 2021-22). Qualified students must be enrolled full-time for both the Fall 2021 and the Spring 2022 semesters.

Ongoing Support

Granite Guarantee eligible students will receive continued support throughout their four years at KSC as long as they:

  • Remain continuously enrolled at KSC for all four years
  • Remain enrolled full-time (12 credits or more each term)
  • Remain Pell-eligible, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Continue making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree
  • Complete a renewal FAFSA by the March 1 deadline

Academic Talent Grants

Grant assistance may be available if you have exceptional performing, artistic, or other academic talent. Recipients are selected by faculty committees within the Arts and Humanities (in disciplines of art, theater, and music only), Sciences and Social Sciences, and Professional & Graduate Studies Divisions. Grants are for $3,000 each and may be renewable, based on individual departmental policies. There are 24 Talent Grants available.

Institutional Grants

  • The Keene Tuition grant is awarded on the sole basis of need.
  • Eligibility is redetermined every year through analysis of the FAFSA.
  • FAFSA must be completed before March 1 deadline to be given consideration for this award.
  • A minimum of half-time enrollment is required to receive this award.

Federal Grants and State Aid Programs

The following grants and scholarships are supported by funds from the federal and state governments. The Financial Aid Office administers these funds and determines award amounts according to the rules of the programs. Eligibility may vary from year to year based on changes to federal and state allocations, policies, and a family’s demonstrated ability to pay as determined by the FAFSA. To find out more information about Federal student aid, visit


The FederalPell grant is a grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree; it provides eligible students with a “foundation of financial aid to help defray the costs of attending college.” The Federal Pell grant does not have to be repaid. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant is a maximum of $6,345 for the 2020-21 academic year.


The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, is a federal grant available to undergraduates demonstrating exceptional financial need. Exceptional financial need is defined as those students with the lowest expected family contribution who will also receive a Pell Grant in that year. Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office based upon analysis of the FAFSA. The average FSEOG award at Keene State is $600.

NH State Grant Programs

NH Governor’s Scholarship

To be eligible for the New Hampshire Governor’s Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be eligible for a Federal PELL Grant
  • Be a New Hampshire resident who has graduated from a NH high school
  • Be a first-time college student
  • Meet the requirements around legal offenses. Details can be found in the House bill for the scholarship located here. Look at item (c) under “Scholarship Recipient Eligibility” for details.

Students with the NH Scholars designation their senior year in high school will be eligible for $2,000 annually, others will be eligible for $1,000 for up to four years. Awards re limited and not guaranteed to all eligible students. The NH Governor’s scholarship renew criteria requires a 2.5 GPA for New Hampshire Scholars. All others must maintain a 2.0. If the student loses the award for any reason, it will not be reinstated. The NH Governor’s Scholarship cannot be transferred to another school if an eligible student chooses to transfer.

NH UNIQUE Programs

These programs provide access and choice for deserving high need New Hampshire residents enrolling in a NH institution.

UNIQUE Endowment

With an annual award of $1,400, students must be a NH resident, be eligible for a Federal Pell grant, enrolled full time, and working on their 1st bachelor’s degree.

UNIQUE Annual Allocation

The annual award is $800, students must be a NH resident, have a zero EFC, and be working on their 1st bachelor’s degree.

Vermont State Grant

Our neighbors in Vermont may use their VT Incentive grant while attending KSC. VT students must be enrolled full time, and meet all of the established criteria for the VT Incentive grant. Please visit for more information.

Other State Programs

New England Regional Student Program – Keene State College participates in the New England Board of Higher Education’s Regional Student Program. Each New England state university offers a number of undergraduate curricula which are open to students from the other New England states. Students enrolled under this program pay a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. Further information about eligible programs is available at

  1. Incoming students by contacting the Keene State Admissions Office at 603-358-2276
  2. Returning students by contacting the Elliot Center at 603-358-2500

New Hampshire Charitable Fund – New Hampshire residents pursuing undergraduate or graduate study at approved institutions of postsecondary education are eligible to apply for grants and interest-free and low-interest loans from this fund. Information and applications are available from the New Hampshire Charitable Fund Student Aid Program online or by calling 603-225-6641.

Vocational Rehabilitation Programs – Every state operates a vocational rehabilitation program to assist people with a variety of disabilities to return to productive activity. In certain cases, a vocational rehabilitation agency will assist disabled students to meet their college expenses. Students should contact their local agency.

Endowed and Annual Gift Scholarships

Active Endowed Scholarship Application

The annual Endowed Scholarship Application for our returning students only typically opens for applications in early February and closes in early April. More details can be found here.

Students who might not otherwise have a chance to attend college have the opportunity to do so through the dedication and support of alumni and friends who established these Scholarship Funds. The College and the student recipients deeply appreciate this generosity.

KSC Endowed Scholarships

The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is a not-for-profit, educational institution organized in 1963 under the laws of the State of New Hampshire. It includes Keene State College, Granite State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire at both Durham and Manchester. The fund principal is invested in perpetuity by the Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, and income is used in accordance with donor wishes.

Persons or organizations interested in establishing a fund, or adding to one of our list of funds are invited to contact the Office of Development at 603-358-2372.

Keene Endowment Association Scholarships

The Keene Endowment Association (KEA) was founded in 1957 as an independent charitable entity to provide assistance to deserving students at Keene State College. The KEA operates as a trust, separate from Keene State College and the University System of New Hampshire. The fund principal is invested in perpetuity by the Trustees of the KEA, and income is used in accordance with donor wishes.

Persons or organizations interested in establishing a fund, or adding to one of the existing funds, are invited to contact the Office of Development at 603-358-2372.

Annual Gift Scholarships

Annual gift scholarships are made possible by donors interested in supporting Keene State College students and recognizing their particular interests and abilities. Persons or organizations interested in establishing such scholarships may contact the Office of Development at 603-358-2372.

Application Process

The availability of Endowed and Annual Gift Scholarships varies from year to year, based on each individual fund’s market performance.

Returning students are eligible to apply for a number of select scholarships via an online application available in early February for the following academic year. Visit our home page in February for more information. The scholarship application is typically due early April. Eligible recipients will be notified with communications from both the Advancement Office and the Financial Aid Office over the summer.

Other funds are awarded via department selections, unsolicited reviews of complete financial aid applications, and appeal requests.

Service Based and Private Scholarship Resources

Keene State values our veterans – for what you have done and for what you can contribute – and offers a number of resources to help make your experience at Keene State one that exceeds your expectations. Please be sure to review the Admissions’ Military Veterans page for a comprehensive review of our programs and requirements. Below are some of the specific funding options and their requirements.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

National Guard

Keene State College students who are serving in the NH National Guard may qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance, National Guard Scholarships and/or a Tuition Waiver for all or a portion of tuition charges. Guard members should contact their commanding officer/unit administrator or NHNG Education Services Officer for more details about this program or to obtain a TAG form 621-1, NHNG Scholarship Application. This program is administered by the Financial Aid Office in conjunction with the NH National Guard. Students must complete a FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline to qualify for this program. Out-of-state students who are active members of the NH National Guard may also qualify for in-state tuition rates through this program.

For more information, contact the National Guard at 1-800-GO-GUARD.or review their Quick Guide to Accessing Your Education Benefits.

Post 9/11

Students who are eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Educational Benefits should submit their documentation to Keene State’s certifying official for processing. Once the Financial Aid Office receives notification of the students eligibility from the certifying official, the student will be awarded their eligible Post 9/11 funds as part of their aid package. 

For more information, please visit the Registrar’s Office Veterans Services Information page.


Students who are members of AmeriCorps may use funds earned through this program to pay for tuition and other education-related expenses at Keene State College. Completed payment vouchers for this program should be submitted to the Student Accounts Office as soon as possible to ensure timely payment. Students must request payments electronically using the system, My AmeriCorps, to ensure timely payment.

Private Scholarship Websites

In addition to browsing large online databases, students are encouraged to search locally for other scholarship opportunities. In many communities, scholarships and loans are available locally, particularly for incoming freshmen. School principals and guidance counselors have information about these sources of assistance, which normally may be used at any institution recipients wish to attend. Most public libraries have information about funding sources for higher education. Students are cautioned to avoid any scholarship database or application that requires a fee.

Endowed Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission of KSC Scholarship applications is April 8, 2022 at 4:30pm.

Contact Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2606

800-572-1909 • 603-358-2280
Fax: 603-358-2794

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