“It’s open to all students:” Merit scholarship increase provides additional funding for future Salisbury University students

SALISBURY, Md. – $10,600. That’s the estimated price tag future Salisbury University students can expect to pay per year for tuition and fees starting the 2023-2024 academic year.

Help covering that bill comes from the university recently announcing a 21% increase in their merit scholarship funding. “And these are our scholarships that students are automatically considered for when admitted. It’s open to all students,” Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Allen Koehler said.  

SU personnel tell us, this fall 95% of admitted students received some form of financial aid. “Salisbury University is very committed to not only access, but affordability,” Koehler said.

Those funds have helped students like freshman Jahnaiya Sutherland, who’s faced a few challenges before starting her college journey. “In the past two years, I unfortunately lost my father to COVID. Right after committing to the university, I lost my grandmother,” Sutherland said.

“My father definitely supported me financially. So, him not being there anymore definitely shaped how my college searched went about.”

Sutherland is a science-data major who not only received university-based scholarships, but federal and state aid.

She says knowing that she’ll get a degree debt free will allow her the opportunity to truly focus on her studies. “As an incoming student, the opportunity to get 4-year renewable scholarships are so big that you should try,” Sutherland said.

“I’m looking to further my education and apply for MBA programs upon completing my undergraduate degree.”

Those we spoke with say they hope the move will also reduce the overall student loan debt for students. “Because then you’ll be considered for those merit scholarships. Make sure you file the FAFSA,” Sutherland said.

“You have more chances getting a scholarship than not getting a scholarship if you go ahead and apply. Don’t be scared, just do it.”

The university also announced two new programs to help relieve some of that financial burden for students, including The Sea Gull Promise that covers the difference in tuition once all other funding has been applied.

In addition to those scholarships, students can qualify for federal, state, and any academic program-based awards.

Most of that aid typically requires students to complete FAFSA applications. For Maryland students, the deadline to apply is March 1st.

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