Recognizing that protracted COVID-19 conditions continue to strain families economically, and furthering its commitment to affordability, Cazenovia College has boosted the amounts of merit aid funds available to 2021-22 incoming freshmen for a second time.

“As we begin 2021 and COVID-19 hasn’t let up, we know that many families are still experiencing economic hardships. We understand that impact as well as families’ concerns about college affordability. Consequently, we are redoubling our efforts to maintain the “Cazenovia Commitment,” our vow that a Cazenovia education is accessible to all admitted students who desire it,” said College President Ron Chesbrough.

The initiative increases the base level of merit aid available to accepted freshmen by an additional $4,000 annually, boosting the lowest level of merit aid scholarships from $18,000 to $22,000 annually for four years. The top level of annual merit aid remains at $31,000 per year for all four years. The College made that initial increase in merit aid in October 2020, when it also froze tuition and room and board costs and fees for the 2021-22 academic year.

“We know from communicating with students and families throughout the fall admissions process that the difficulties caused by ongoing, protracted COVID-19 conditions are continuing to create financial concerns. Many families have expressed worry about affordability and whether their students can start college in fall 2021. This additional step is another way we are able to help them, as well as maintain our ongoing commitment regarding a Cazenovia education’s accessibility and affordability,” said Associate Dean of Admissions Kristen Bowers.

These are the levels of financial aid being offered for accepted students for 2021-22, based on their high school cumulative GPAs:

  • President’s Scholarship: $31,000 annually, cumulative GPAs of 4.0 or higher
  • Trustee Scholarships: $28,000 annually, 3.7 or higher
  • Founder’s Scholarships: $26,000 annually, 2.85 or higher
  • Dean’s Scholarships: $24,000 annually, 2.25 or higher
  • Futures Scholarships: $22,000 annually, 2.0 or higher.

The scholarships are awarded each year for all four years of a student’s education as long as satisfactory academic progress is made towards a degree. They are offered regardless of family income or state of residency.

The Cazenovia Commitment encompasses:

  • Automatic consideration for all accepted students for merit aid regardless of family income or state of residence.
  • Merit aid scholarships ranging from $22,000 - $31,000 annually for freshmen and $13,000 to $20,000 annually for transfer students.
  • A “no strings” promise -- no risk that the scholarship will be converted to a loan; no post-graduation residency restrictions.
  • Personalized, Student-Centered Learning. (Average class sizes are 13 students and there is a 12:1 faculty to student ratio.)
  • Internship opportunities. (96% of students complete an internship contributing to their career goals and experience.)
  • Career counseling and mentoring from faculty, staff and alumni from the beginning of attendance.
  • Study abroad experiences (when guidance allows).

Cazenovia College is ranked the #2 “Best Value” college in the North Region by U.S. News & World Report and named among the top undergraduate regional colleges for the 17th consecutive year. The College also has been recognized by Money and Washington Monthly as a best value institution.

The College offers over 35 undergraduate programs in four academic divisions: Art and Design; Business Management; Humanities and Natural Sciences; Social and Behavior Sciences. A graduate program is available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Distance-learning courses and programs for commuting students and adult and continuing education students also are available.

More information is available at www.cazenovia.edu/affordability or by contacting Admissions at (315) 655-7208 or admissions@cazenovia.edu; or the Enrollment Services Center at (315) 655-7888.