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Scholarships & Financial Aid for Computer Science Majors

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Financing a college education can be one of the most overwhelming experiences in one’s life. The thought of not being able to attend college can be discouraging, too. However, it doesn’t have to be. Computer science majors have plenty of financial aid options.

Like all other students, computer science majors who demonstrate a financial need can apply for financial aid through their school of choice. All that is required is completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply online to move the approval process along. Once an FAFSA is processed, computer science students are automatically considered for federal and state aid. Along with federal and state aid come a variety of grants, college work-study programs, and federal loans.

And if that isn’t enough to cover the costs of tuition, books, and room and board, consider scholarships, and fellowships.

Computer Science Scholarship Options

Academic departments are a great place to seek scholarships. Computer science students can speak to departmental staff for specific scholarship availability. Other scholarships can be sought using the Internet. Many businesses, corporations, and business organizations offer computer science scholarships.

Below are examples of computer science scholarships, and computer certification scholarships:

At Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science, female undergraduates can apply for the Anne and George Gorsline Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was designed to encourage women to pursue a computer science degree. Applicant must be a computer science major to apply. This is an endowed scholarship—award amounts vary.

Virginia Tech also offers the Eastman Internship/Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to computer science majors in the amount of $1,000 per year for up to four years. This scholarship is renewable and awarded on academic achievement, financial need, and leadership abilities. Also included is a summer internship at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee.

At University of Michigan—Dearborn there are two scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen or transfer students majoring in computer science or engineering. They are the Chrysler Scholarships and the Ford Motor Company Scholarships. Each is a tuition scholarship that awards in the range of $1,000 – $2,000 per year.

AFCEA Educational Foundation offers a Technical Certification Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a young professional employed in computer science, communications, or electronics. Award amount is $1,000.

Professional and Technical Training Scholarships —awarded to students enrolled in training programs. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 – $5,000 depending on student’s status. Applicants must be Marin County residents.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship —awarded to women pursing bachelor or graduate degrees in engineering, or computer science.

Women at Microsoft (WAM) Scholarship Fund offers two scholarships to undergraduate women attending a college or university in the state of Washington, seeking degrees in a computer-related field. Award amount is $2,500 each.

Microsoft also awards technical scholarships for students pursuing a computer science degree. With these scholarships, computer science students receive full or partial scholarships to be used towards tuition. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program. All applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation and answer an essay question to be considered.

Google Anita Borg Scholarship —awarded to undergraduate and graduate women who are pursuing a degree in computing technology. Applicants must demonstrate strong academic achievements and leadership skills. Recipient is awarded $10,000. Finalists receive $1,000.

Computer Science Fellowships

Fellowships are great financial sources for defraying the costs of a college education. Most universities and colleges offer fellowships, as well as some organizations.

Some examples include:
Selected Professions Fellowships —awarded to women attending college full-time in one of the following areas of study: architecture, engineering, computer information sciences, or mathematics/statistics. Amount awarded ranges from $5,000 – $18,000.

At Michigan State University, the following fellowship is offered: National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women. This fellowship is geared toward qualified students, including women and minorities, pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science, physical sciences, engineering, or biochemistry. Recipients are awarded up to $16,000 in stipends.

Key Points about Financial Aid for Computer Science Majors

  • For federal and state aid, computer science students are no different than any other student. Computer science students are required to fill out a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  • Be prepared prior to applying for FAFSA online. Make sure you have all pertinent materials in front of you when completing the form. Applying online guarantees faster approval.
  • Check with the computer science department for available scholarships. Some schools group computer science within the engineering department, so be sure to check accordingly.
  • Computer science students can also obtain fellowships. Check with school officials to find out what opportunities are offered.

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