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Types of Financial Aid

Bentley offers a variety of sources for financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. A financial aid package may include federal and state aid, but approximately 75% of financial aid awarded comes from Bentley grant and scholarship resources.

Scholarships for First Year Students

Academic Scholarships

If you’ve excelled in the classroom, you may be eligible for a scholarship based on academic achievement. These awards are not based on financial need and require no separate application. All first-year applicants, regardless of country of citizenship, are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of the admission process. Scholarships range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 and are renewable. A limited number of full tuition scholarships are awarded to applicants with outstanding academic achievements.

Women's Leadership Award and Program

Each year, Bentley selects a group of high-achieving students from the incoming First Year fall class for the Center for Women and Business (CWB) Women's Leadership Program. This award recognizes women who have demonstrated strong leadership potential while in high school. Recipients will participate in a four-year leadership program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles. CWB Leaders receive $10,000 per year. There is a separate application process and applications are due on January 7. For more information visit here.  

Bentley partners with RaiseMe to allow you to earn micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning money for college beginning as early as the 9th grade. Eligibility for RaiseMe micro-scholarships is based on GPA and high school of attendance. Students from all US high schools and select international high schools can participate.

If you apply and are admitted to Bentley, your micro-scholarships earned through RaiseMe represent a minimum of grant and/or scholarship aid that you will receive from Bentley. These micro-scholarships are included as part of any scholarship or need-based aid offer (for US students). You may be eligible for additional aid based on your formal application for admission and financial aid application materials. Visit for more information.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Academic Scholarships

A limited number of academic scholarships are available for students transferring to Bentley from two- or four-year colleges in either the fall or spring terms. All transfer applicants are automatically considered for scholarships as part of the admission application process. No additional application is required. Awards range from $15,000 to $25,000 per academic year and are renewable.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Bentley PTK Transfer Scholarships are available for community college transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Ten $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year to the most qualified applicants. To be considered, applicants must submit their application no later than the application deadline for fall or spring. These scholarships may be awarded in addition to the academic scholarships mentioned above. PTK scholarships are renewable for a total of six semesters as long as recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA and attend full time.  


Bentley grants do not need to be repaid and vary in amount based on your family’s need.  Eligibility for need-based aid will be determined by completing the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE.

You also may be eligible for federal and state grants to help meet your need. Top athletes may be awarded need-based grants to supplement Bentley grants. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website to learn more about grants at Bentley.

Student Loans

A low-interest educational loan, the Federal Stafford Loan offers two options:

  1. Subsidized. For students with financial need, the subsidized loan does not accrue interest and no payments are required while you are enrolled.
  1. Unsubsidized. For students without financial need, the unsubsidized loan does accrue interest while you are enrolled. You can either pay this while you are in school, or defer the interest payments until you graduate.

The borrowing limits for this loan are:

First-Years: $5,500 (no more than $3,500 subsidized)
Sophomores: $6,500 (no more than $4,500 subsidized)
Juniors and Seniors: $7,500 (no more than $5,500 subsidized)

If you have significant financial need, we also may offer you a Federal Perkins Loan with a fixed interest rate of 5 percent, which does not accrue while you are enrolled. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website to learn more about types and sources of aid available at Bentley.

Work Opportunities

Gain new skills by taking an on-campus job through programs funded by the federal government and Bentley. Off-campus positions are available as well through our service-learning program. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website to learn more about Bentley's work opportunities for students.

Other Resources

Additional resources you may be eligible to use to meet your Bentley costs include:

Outside Scholarships

In most cases, outside scholarships won’t impact your Bentley financial aid award. Research what’s available at sites like:

Payment Plans

Spread your college costs over five months each semester through our payment plan.

Federal PLUS Loan

The Federal PLUS Loan offers a fixed interest rate of 6.31 percent; the repayment period extends up to ten years.

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

MEFA offers fixed-rate parent and student loans with immediate, deferred or interest-only repayment options.

Private Lenders

Variable-rate loans are available through private banks and lenders. A U.S. co-signer is usually required if the student is the primary borrower.