Wilkes University

Types of Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

The Economist RankingsWilkes University offers a variety of financial aid options to help you make your Wilkes education affordable. Most financial aid packages we award combine scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Funding may be provided by the federal government, state government, Wilkes and other private sources.

All Wilkes students, regardless of financial need, are eligible for merit scholarships based on academic performance. Scholarships offered for those students applying for fall 2020 include:

Scholarship levels


  • 1290 SAT / 28 ACT and 3.25 GPA (4.0 Grade Scale) / 85.00 or above (100% Grade Scale)


  • 1190-1280 SAT / 26-27 ACT and 3.0 GPA (4.0 Grade Scale) / 83.00 - 84.99 or above (100% Grade Scale)


  • 1100-1180 SAT / 23-25 ACT and 2.8 GPA (4.0 Grade Scale) / 81.00 - 82.99 or above (100% Grade Scale)


  • 1000-1090 SAT / 21-22 ACT and 2.6 GPA (4.0 Grade Scale) / 79.00 - 80.99 or above (100% Grade Scale)

**Plus $2,000 Out of State Award for each level, if applicable.

Awarded to students who reside outside of Pennsylvania (applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

Awarded to students who show potential and are not awarded one of the above scholarships

As a freshman student, you may also be eligible for other financial aid. Follow the steps for the undergraduate financial aid process to see how affordable your Wilkes education can be.

Please note unless otherwise stated, Wilkes University scholarships and grants are applied towards tuition only. 

Financial Aid Process

If you're interested in transferring to Wilkes from another college or university, we have scholarship funds available to help you make that move.

Scholarship levels for transfer students are:

  • $16,000
    • 3.5 to 4.00 cumulative college GPA
  • $14,000
    • 3.25 to 3.499 cumulative college GPA
  • $11,000
    • 3.00 to 3.249 cumulative college GPA
  • $9,000
    • 2.50 to 2.99 cumulative college GPA

*Plus $2,000 Out of State Award for each level, if applicable.

As a transfer student, you may also be eligible for other financial aid. Follow the steps for the undergraduate financial aid process to see how affordable your Wilkes education can be.

Please note: In order to remain eligible for the transfer scholarship, students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking domestic student and unless otherwise stated, Wilkes University scholarships and grants are applied towards tuition only. 

Financial Aid Process

Leadership Scholarships
Leadership scholarships may be available for leaders of student organizations, including major publications and student government. Typically awarded to returning Wilkes University.
Named Scholarships
Named scholarships are donated by alumni and friends of Wilkes to honor or memorialize their loved ones. Requirements for these scholarships vary. Typically awarded to returning Wilkes University.

Veterans Scholarships
If you served our country, Wilkes wants to help you find a way to finance your higher education. Visit Veterans Services to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and other resources available to veterans.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Full- and partial-tuition scholarships may be awarded based on individual merit and participation in the U.S. Air Force. Applications must be completed by December 1st. For more scholarship information, please visit www.afrotc.com.

Performance Scholarships
Theatre arts and musical theatre majors may be awarded performance scholarships based on an audition.

Multicultural Service Scholarships
Multicultural service scholarships may be awarded to students who come from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and contribute to community service activities on campus. All students with financial need may be considered, regardless of cultural or ethnic background. Scholarship renewal is based on continued service to campus or the community. Typically awarded to returning Wilkes University.

Bierly Fellowship
Wilkes University seeks candidates for the Bierly Fellowship, created to fund unique experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students eager to perform quality work in their field of study outside of the campus community. The fellowship may cover a credit or non-credit bearing cooperative education or internship experience, an international or domestic study-away experience or off-campus undergraduate research.  

Alumni Scholarships
If one of your parents graduated from Wilkes, you're eligible to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply by early April of your freshman, sophomore or junior year. Email the Office of Alumni Relations for more information.

Private Scholarships
You may also be eligible for scholarships offered by a wide variety of private organizations. For more information, visit the Fastweb scholarship site at www.fastweb.com.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
Our undergraduate transfer admissions office awards a $4,000 PTK scholarship annually to one transfer student who was accepted into Wilkes University for the upcoming fall semester as a full time student. Students who are already a current member of the PTK chapter at the college/university they are transferring from, will automatically be considered. One accepted transfer student is chosen in July for the upcoming fall semester and will be notified during that time. For more details, please contact your transfer admissions counselor.

Grant funding is based on financial need and do not have to be repaid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine grant eligibility.

 Grants include:

  •  Federal Pell Grant
    Pell grants, awarded yearly, will depend on your expected family contribution (EFC), cost of college attendance and enrollment status (full or part time).

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    SEOGawards are based on financial need, the date you apply for aid, any other aid you may receive, and availability of Wilkes funds. You must be Pell eligible to be considered for this grant. Funds are very limited. 

  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant
    Pennsylvania residents may receive a yearly award based on financial need through the Pennsylvania State Grant ProgramYou must complete the FAFSA by May 1st of the upcoming aid year. 

  • Wilkes University Grant
    Funds offered by students who demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited. 

Work-study programs allow you to earn money to help pay for your education and related expenses. Research shows that students who work while going to school have higher grades and graduate faster. Plus, the work experience will help build your résumé. Check out some work-study options available to Wilkes students:

Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program is funded jointly by the U.S. Department of Education and Wilkes University. The program allows you to work on campus to help cover education costs. To be eligible, you must be enrolled at least half time and meet financial need requirements. Work-study employees receive a  paycheck for hours worked; these funds will not be applied to tuition bills.

University Student Employment Program
This program, funded solely by the University, lets you earn money by working on campus. You’re not required to demonstrate financial need, but you must be enrolled. Work-study employees receive a paycheck for hours worked; these funds will not be applied to tuition bills.

State Work-Study Program
This program, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by PHEAA, places students in career-related or community-enrichment positions with public- and private-sector employers. You must be a Pennsylvania resident with demonstrated financial need to participate in the State Work-Study Program.

Off-Campus Employment
The Center for Career Development and Internships can help you search for prospective employers in the Wilkes-Barre area. Full-time, part-time and summer positions are available.

Wilkes University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct loans are low-interest loans awarded to you and your parents to help cover the costs of a college education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, but your loan servicer and primary contact may be a private company.

Private student loans are made through private lending institutions not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education or Wilkes University. They may be an option for students who need more aid beyond their offered awards or students who are enrolled less than half-time or in a non-degree-seeking program.