Top 10 Common Scholarship Questions

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Our admissions team assembled the most frequently asked questions about scholarships to help you during the application process.

1. What are the different types of scholarships William James offers?

William James College offers two main types of scholarships. The first is for applicants to apply to during the application process. These scholarships include merit-based awards (which all applicants are automatically considered for) as well as more specific scholarship opportunities, such as the Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship.

The other type of scholarship William James College offers is for enrolled or continuing students. These scholarships include grant-funded programs, training opportunities, fellowships, and more for students who are already enrolled in one of our programs.

2. Is there a separate scholarship application?

There is no application for our merit scholarships. You will automatically be considered for a merit-based award at the time of your application review.

Most of our other scholarship opportunities for new or incoming students require additional components in order to be considered for the award. This may include writing an essay, submitting a resume, and/or filling out the FAFSA. You can find all required materials for our scholarships on our website.

3. Do I need to fill out the FAFSA?

All applicants, with or without a completed FAFSA form, are considered for a merit-based scholarship. Many of our other scholarship opportunities take financial need into consideration; therefore, the FAFSA would need to be submitted along with any additional scholarship application materials. Please review eligibility, required materials, and review processes before applying for any scholarships.  

4. How do I know if I’m eligible for a scholarship?

All applicants to programs at William James College are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Our other scholarship opportunities often have additional eligibility criteria, such as program of study, career goals, or financial need. You can review these requirements on our website.

International applicants are eligible to receive merit-based scholarships from William James College. Any scholarship that requires submission of the FAFSA form would not be available for international applicants to apply to.

Please note, we offer a number of scholarship opportunities for currently enrolled or continuing students in our programs. As an applicant, you would not yet be eligible for these opportunities.

5. When are scholarship applications due?

Merit scholarships do not require a separate application and will be determined at the same time as your admission decision.

Our other scholarships opportunities, such as the Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved scholarship, require a separate application, essay, or other materials, which must be submitted at the same time as your application for admission.

Any scholarships indicated as “For Enrolled/Continuing Students” have separate application and review processes from your application for admission. Once you become a student at William James College you may be eligible for these opportunities.

6. Can I receive more than one scholarship?

In most cases, students are eligible to receive one scholarship from William James College. If you qualify for more than one, the largest amount is awarded in lieu of multiple scholarships.

7. If I receive financial aid, can I still apply for scholarships?

Yes. Receiving (or not receiving) financial aid does not disqualify you from applying for scholarships at William James College. Be sure to review other eligibility requirements for our scholarships and please note that some do require applicants to submit a completed FAFSA form.

8. When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

Any merit scholarship awards you have received will be indicated on your letter of admission to the College. Any other scholarship awards you receive will be communitcated with you separately.

Any scholarship opportunities for enrolled or continuing students have separate application processes for students who have already enrolled in one of our programs and are separate from your application for admission.

9. Do you have a list of all scholarship opportunities at the College?

At William James College, you can find all of our scholarship and funding opportunities, broken down by program, on our website. Please be sure to review eligibility and application requirements.

10. What do I do if I have questions about scholarships?

All questions about scholarships can be directed to the Admissions Office at If you have specific questions about financial aid, you can reach our Financial Aid Office at


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