Scholarships are available to both incoming freshman and returning Shippensburg students but the process of awarding them differs.

Shippensburg University Scholarships

These academic awards were established through contributions from alumni, friends, corporations, and associates of the Shippensburg University Foundation, a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1977 to support the university's programs and services.

  • Freshman Scholarships: If you are a freshman applicant ranked in the upper 40% of your high school senior class and have combined SAT scores in Critical Reading and Math of over 1,000, you are automatically considered for these limited-amount scholarships. If you are accepted to the university by November 1, you will be considered in the first round of scholarship awarding for the next fall semester. Click here for a complete and current list of Freshman Scholarships.
  • Upper-Level/Department Scholarships: If you are a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student seeking an upper-level scholarship, you should apply in the spring semester to your department for an academic award given out for the upcoming fall term. A selection committee of faculty, deans, and/or administrators from your department determines the awards, which are based on very specific major, GPA, and credits earned criteria. Click here for a complete and current list of Upper-Level/Department Scholarships.

NOTE: All scholarships are subject to change based on funding.

Through various programs, the PASSHE Foundation supports 14 universities by providing scholarships to students. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the PASSHE Foundation Scholarship page for eligibility requirements, award amounts, application instructions, and deadlines.

If you are an outstanding student-athlete, your coach may recommend you for an athletic grant-in-aid, which is processed through the Financial Aid Office. The amount of funds varies from sport to sport.

  • Men and women's sports include basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, and track and field.
  • Women-only sports include field hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
  • Men-only sports include football, wrestling, and baseball.  

You can find scholarships to attend Shippensburg University from a variety of private, government, and outside sources found on the Internet. Here are just a few:

Contact your high school guidance office, civic and business organizations, and foundations about available scholarships.

NOTE: To receive credit on your bill for scholarship awards made by external agencies, you must report this information to our Student Accounts Office. Please fax a copy of your offer letter to 717-477-4018 or mail it via USPS to:

Student Accounts Office
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Old Main Room 100
Shippensburg, PA 17257

If you are a highly qualified out-of-state student or a student in a STEM major, our Tuition Advantage Program will charge you at a lower tuition rate. The rate will be 175% of the in-state tuition.

For more information on the program, go to The Tuition Advantage discount will not appear as a source of financial assistance on your aid award. Instead, it will be reflected as a lower tuition charge on your bill.