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Merit-Based Aid

All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, including Early Action, Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision applicants are eligible to be considered for merit scholarships through the University of Richmond's robust merit-based aid programs.

The University's most prestigious academic award, the Richmond Scholar, is equal to full tuition, room and board, in addition to other program benefits, and is given to 25 incoming students. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment including study abroad. All applicants for first-year admission are automatically considered for this scholarship, provided that they submit a complete admission application by December 1. No separate application is required.

The University of Richmond awards merit-based Presidential Scholarships, equal to one-third tuition, to students who have achieved outstanding high school records in a highly rigorous curriculum and superior standardized test scores. Presidential Scholarships are awarded to only 10% of incoming students. All applicants who apply for first-year admission are automatically considered. No separate application is required.

Various other merit scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students. Requirements vary, so be sure to review the selection criteria for any additional materials or deadlines if you wish to be considered.

A limited number of endowed merit scholarships are available for currently enrolled students.

All scholarship recipients are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress; requirements vary by scholarship.

Number of enrolled students receiving a merit scholarship
Total merit-based aid awarded (2016-2017)
Total grants and scholarships awarded; $69 million came from the University of Richmond (2016-17)

Richmond Scholars Stories