Hopkins helps you and your family cover the cost of college through scholarships—money that doesn’t need to be paid back.

The amount you will be offered could be based on your family’s financial circumstances or your personal and academic achievements. Private scholarships also provide you an opportunity to qualify for additional financial aid. Select a tab for more information.

Need-Based & Merit-Based Scholarships

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are a type of financial aid that does not need to be paid back. They are offered based on your admissions and financial aid application, so you do not need to apply for them individually. Select a tab to learn more about need-based and merit-based scholarships.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships do not need to be paid back. They are offered based on your financial aid application, so you do not need to apply for them individually. If you are offered one of these scholarships, it will appear in your financial aid offer.

Hopkins Scholarship

Hopkins Scholarships are offered from institutional funds or endowments to students who demonstrate financial need and do not need to be repaid. The grant amount varies and can be renewed each year according to your level of need.

Cummings Scholars Program

The Cummings Scholars Program offers scholarships to Baltimore City and Washington, DC, public school graduates. Applicants must have resided in Baltimore City or Washington, DC, attended a Baltimore City or DC public school (respectively) for three consecutive years, and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. No separate application is required, and applicants should follow the standard procedure for applying for need-based aid.

There are two tiers of funding for Cummings Scholars:

  • Applicants with family incomes of $80,000 or less with typical assets will receive full cost-of-attendance scholarships covering tuition, room, board, and fees.
  • Applicants with family incomes between $80,000 and $150,000 with typical assets will have their family contributions capped at 10% of family income.

Clark Scholarship

The Clark Scholars Program was established through a partnership between the Clark Charitable Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering to honor the legacy of Mr. A. James Clark, a noted engineer, businessman, and philanthropist. Clark Scholars participate in specialized academic programs and service opportunities designed to develop future leaders and enhance their undergraduate experience. This need-based scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program

Johns Hopkins University is a proud partner institution of the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program, the world’s largest, privately funded, international scholarship program. The Davis UWC Scholars Program, its scholars, and partner institutions are committed to building cross-cultural dialogue and understanding across campuses and around the globe. Graduates from any UWC school who choose to matriculate at Johns Hopkins University will be designated Davis UWC Scholars and become part of our active cluster of UWC alums. Those Davis UWC Scholars who apply and qualify for need-based financial aid through our Office of Student Financial Support are also eligible for financial support from the Davis UWC Scholars Program for their undergraduate educations.

Hodson Gilliam Success Scholarship

The Hodson Gilliam Success Scholarship is awarded annually to first-year students who have a demonstrated financial need. They also benefit from being part of a distinctive, 150-member community, with opportunities to join the Hodson Scholar Student Advisory Board and participate in a mentoring program between incoming students and upperclassmen. Learn more about the Hodson Gilliam Success Scholarship here.

QuestBridge Scholars Program

The QuestBridge Scholar Program is a college admission and scholarship program through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners​. For the National College Match, Hopkins will most strongly consider students with total family incomes of $80,000 or less, and family assets typical for that income level. Students who do not fit this financial profile can still be considered for regular decision at Hopkins, and if admitted, can expect to receive a competitive financial aid offer that meets 100% of demonstrated need through need-based scholarships and work-study opportunities.

International Scholarship

This institutional scholarship is offered on a funds-available basis to incoming international students who demonstrate both need and merit. Offers are renewable for up to 8 semesters, contingent upon full-time enrollment and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Federal Pell Grant

This is direct aid from the federal government, based on FAFSA completion, and can range from $657 to $6,195 per year. Strict federal requirements determine who is eligible. These funds do not need to be repaid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal SEOG program provides financial aid to students who demonstrate exceptional need. When offering FSEOG, Student Financial Support prioritizes Federal Pell Grant recipients and other students with exceptional needs. These funds do not need to be repaid.

State Aid

MHEC extends 24-25 FAFSA deadline for state aid consideration!

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has extended the Maryland financial aid deadline to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to June 1, 2024.  However, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1, 2024​ to receive notification of eligibility by April 15, 2024.​

Current information and FAQ’s are available on the MHEC website.

Students from the following states may be eligible for state aid to help fund their education at Hopkins: Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Receipt of a state grant is contingent upon the decision of your state scholarship agency. Some states may require a separate scholarship application.

For Maryland residents, the Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant may help cover a significant portion of the cost of full-time study at Johns Hopkins University or any other public or private college or university in Maryland. Johns Hopkins provides a matching offer to eligible Maryland residents who receive a Guaranteed Access Grant. These funds do not need to be repaid. Visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website to learn more about each program and other state offers.

The new MHEC One App allows undocumented and DACA students who can’t submit a FAFSA because they don’t meet FAFSA citizenship requirements to be considered for various Maryland state financial aid programs.  For more information and instructions on completing the MHEC One App, please visit the MHEC website.

Maryland now offers a Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit for borrowers who have incurred at least $20,000 in student loan debt and have at least $5,000 in outstanding debt remaining.

Maryland residents who provide public service in Maryland State or local government or nonprofit agencies in Maryland to low-income or underserved residents may apply for the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP). The application deadline is November 30th of each year.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), is pleased to announce that the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) has a NEW feature known as the “Electronic File Upload” Tool. Students may now submit documentation to OSFA as required for specific state aid programs online directly through their MDCAPS account. Documents uploaded through MDCAPS are secure. For instructions on how to submit documentation to OFSA, click here. OSFA, with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), now offers virtual appointments. To schedule a virtual appointment with OSFA, visit their website.


Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships do not need to be paid back. They are offered based on academic and personal achievements and typically do not require an additional application. In some cases, these scholarships would have been offered to you freshman year, with the opportunity for annual renewal based on merit.

The Hodson Trust Scholarship

Offered based on academic and personal achievement and leadership, these scholarships are offered to less than twenty freshmen each year through the Hodson Trust. The scholarships are automatically renewed yearly, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0-grade point average. The scholarship amount will stay constant throughout the student’s undergraduate career. All freshman applicants for admission will be considered for the Hodson Trust Scholarship. A separate application is not required. Recipients will be notified with their admissions letter.

Beneficial Hodson Trust Employee Tuition Scholarship

If your parents worked for The Beneficial Corporation for two or more years immediately before June 30, 1998, you may be considered for scholarship funding through The Hodson Trust. Your qualifying parent needs to submit The Hodson Trust Beneficial Scholarship Application to the Office of Student Financial Support.

The application should be signed, notarized, and mailed to the following address:
Office of Student Financial Support
3400 N. Charles St., 146 Garland Hall
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The Hodson Trust Foundation will review applications and notify eligible recipients. If eligible, the scholarship is automatically renewed each year if the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering

The Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering is made possible through a gift from Kwok-Leung Li, a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Li achieved great success as an entrepreneur in the communications and network industries. The scholarships are named in honor of Professor Westgate, who has dedicated his career to the education of undergraduate students. He has been widely recognized for his excellence in teaching and interest in helping students in independent research and guided study.

The Westgate Scholarship may be renewed annually for a total of four years of undergraduate study based on:

  1. Continued enrollment in the GWC Whiting School of Engineering
  2. Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or better.

National Fellowships Program

The National Fellowships Program offers you the opportunity to deepen your academic training or experiential learning, funded by a nationally competitive fellowship. Johns Hopkins University staff are available to assist you throughout the application process.

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship (ROTC)

Two-, three-, and four-year renewable tuition scholarships, often with book allowances and monthly living stipends, are available through an on-campus Army ROTC program. Military service as a commissioned officer is required upon graduation. For more information, contact your local Army or Air Force recruiting officer, high school counselor, or the Department of Military Sciences at Johns Hopkins.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship (ROTC)

The Air Force offers competitive and non-competitive scholarships to Johns Hopkins University students who join the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Contact (301) 314-3242 or check out their website for additional information.

Private Scholarships

How Private Scholarships Impact Your Financial Aid Offer:

You can use outside, private scholarships to reduce your summer savings expectation (Freshmen – $1,800; Returning students – $2,600) and work-study expectations ($2,700). If private scholarships exceed your total summer savings and work-study expectations, your Hopkins Grant will be reduced dollar for dollar.

For freshmen, you can receive up to $4,500 in private scholarships before any reductions to your Hopkins grant funding. For returning undergraduate students, you can receive up to $5,300 in private scholarships before any reductions to your Hopkins Grant funding.

Remember to report all scholarships to Student Financial Support

Learn more about our private scholarships policy, view example financial aid packages, and search for private scholarships to apply for on our website.

Tuition Programs for Employees and Dependents

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