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Rise Together Scholarship – Full Free Tuition

The Rise Together Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that, when combined with federal and state scholarships and grants, covers a student’s entire tuition costs and aligns with Finlandia’s mission of providing affordable higher education to all. The Rise Together Scholarship can be applied to the first two years of study at Finlandia. After the completion of 56 credit hours and/or an associates degree, students can easily transfer into a bachelor’s degree program and become eligible for the Yooper or Sisu Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship, which can be renewed on an annual basis. Students must meet all criteria to be eligible for the Rise Together Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable, but students are not eligible to receive additional institutional scholarships. You can learn more about the Rise Together Scholarship at finlandia.edu/freetuition

Not eligible for the Rise Together Scholarship? Check out our Traditional and Transfer Scholarship Packages below!


Traditional Scholarships

If you aren’t eligible for the Rise Together or Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship, our Traditional Scholarship Packages are meant for you! All scholarship amounts are per academic year.

How it works:

Our scholarship packages are offered based on GPA and where you’re from. It’s really that simple!

First, read through our traditional scholarship types below, and then find your scholarship package. Don’t forget to check out our Scholarship Add-Ons below!

Types:

Yooper

  • All Upper Peninsula high school graduates & transfers from U.P. colleges with less than 6 college credits.

Northern Neighbors

  • All Canadian students.

Sisu

  • Students not eligible for Yooper or Northern Neighbors Scholarships.

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Transfer Student Scholarships

All students transferring into Finlandia with a 2.0 GPA or higher and a minimum of 6 college credits are eligible for one of our Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarships. (Dual Enrollment credits must be from Finlandia University)

Yooper Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship – $12,000

  • Upper Peninsula high school graduates & transfers from U.P. colleges.

Northern Neighbors Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship – $12,000

  • Canadian students only.

Sisu Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship – $11,000

  • Students not eligible for Yooper or Northern Neighbors Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarships.

Scholarship Add-Ons


These unique scholarship add-on opportunities combine with your base scholarship package to make a high-quality education in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula even more affordable.

$1,000 Housing Grant

  • All non-transfer students living on campus are eligible for a $1,000 renewable housing grant.

$1,000 Early Commitment

  • The first 50 students to commit to Finlandia University for the Fall 2023 term will be eligible to receive a one-year, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000 Native American Tribal Scholarship

  • The first 10 Native American tribe members to commit to Finlandia University for the Fall 2023 term will be eligible to receive a one-year, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship.

$1,000 Family/Legacy

  • All students whose grandparents, parents, and/or siblings have graduated from or are currently attending (full-time) Finlandia University are eligible to receive a $1,000 renewable scholarship.

$1,000 Church Matching Scholarship

  • Matches up to $1,000 pledged by a church.

$1,000 Riku Mascot Scholarship

  • Do you have school spirit? The Riku Scholarship may be the perfect opportunity for you! Available to all Finlandia students who meet the scholarship’s requirements, the Riku Scholarship will offer up to $1,000 for each semester the scholarship is available. See details below. To apply, shoot us an email at communications@finlandia.edu and share your interest!

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These competitive scholarships require an additional application and could be combined with other scholarships above. They will be posted here as they become available.


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Finlandia University recommends that all students expand their awareness of available financial aid. The following websites are good starting points for learning more and for starting the application process.

Faculty and Staff

Marie Bonenfant

Associate Director of Financial Aid

marie.bonenfant@finlandia.edu

Jenna Rajala

Coordinator of Student Accounts

jenna.rajala@finlandia.edu

Anthony Schwass

Dean of Enrollment, PDSO (Principal Designated School Official)

Anthony.Schwass@finlandia.edu

Sandra Turnquist

Director of Student Financial Services

sandra.turnquist@finlandia.edu
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