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Your Hofstra education: value and affordability
A college education is the most important investment you will make.
By any definition, a college degree has always been the surest way to success. A university education enables you to follow your dreams, build a career, make connections with faculty and alumni, establish lifelong friendships, and gain an understanding of art, culture, politics, business, history and countless other disciplines. Studies have shown that the investment you make in a college education is a sound one. Over a lifetime, college graduates enjoy almost double the earning power of those with a high school diploma alone. At Hofstra University, you’ll learn from faculty who are experts in their fields, and you’ll receive an education designed for real-world application. You’ll have opportunities to lead, experiment, and meet students and alumni from around the world. You’ll gain valuable experience through internships, extracurricular activities and advanced scholarship. You can see from the success of our alumni – in fields such as business, the arts, sciences, public service, education and the media – that a Hofstra education is invaluable preparation for many endeavors. At Hofstra University, you’ll find and focus your true strengths, and gain the tools to build the future of your dreams. To help you achieve your goal of earning a Hofstra degree, the University offers several financial aid options. For the 2011-2012 academic year, Hofstra awarded more than $78.5 million in financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships. The average institutional gift aid award for first-year students was $16,227. More than 94 percent of first-year students were awarded some type of financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or federal work-study. We encourage you to investigate your options thoroughly. You may be surprised how affordable a Hofstra education can be.
Scholarships and Grants
Hofstra awards scholarships and grants based on academic merit, financial need, and creative and athletic talent.
Federal and State Grants
For families with exceptionally high financial need, there are two federal grant programs: • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) • Pell Grant Eligibility for all these programs, and the Teacher Education Assistance for College Grant (TEACH), is determined by the information entered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, New York state residents may be eligible for tuition assistance through the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
Merit-based aid is composed of scholarships and grants awarded to students for academic merit or athletic or creative talent. These merit-based funds are awarded without regard to a family’s financial ability to pay for college. • Academic merit awards are determined upon review of a student’s application for admission. • Creative talent awards are available for students majoring in drama, dance, fine arts and music. An audition and/or portfolio is required. • Athletic talent awards are limited to students competing in NCAA Division I athletics.
Need-based aid is given to students after assessing a family’s financial position. These financial aid awards require a student to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov or may be obtained from high schools in late December. The FAFSA may be submitted after January 1 and no later than February 15. Be sure to include Hofstra’s school code of 002732 on your application.
Invest in yourself. The value of a Hofstra degree lasts a lifetime.
The federal government offers the following low-interest loan programs: • Stafford • Perkins • PLUS (parent loans for dependent undergraduate students) Eligibility is determined by the information entered on the FAFSA. In addition to the federal programs, many alternative student and parent loans are available.
To learn more about financing your education contact:
4 Hofstra University Office of Student Financial Services: 516-463-8000 • hofstra.edu/sfs 4 U.S. Department of Education: studentaid.ed.gov 4 FAFSA Online: fafsa.gov
Federal Work-Study Program
Part-time jobs both on and off campus are available through the Federal Work-Study Program. Students work up to 20 hours per week and are paid semimonthly. Eligibility for participation in this program is determined by the information entered on the FAFSA.
4 FastWeb: fastweb.com
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I file the FAFSA?
Apply early. Hofstra strongly encourages you to apply no later than February 15.
Are there other ways to pay for college if I don’t qualify for merit- or need-based aid?
Students can apply for outside sources of aid through their high school, church or other community organizations. Parents should check to see if their employers offer scholarships to children of employees. Local libraries are an excellent resource for possible scholarship sources. Free scholarship search databases such as fastweb.com are available online.
What if I have not completed my taxes by February?
Even if your income tax return is not completed, you can still file the FAFSA by February 15. The FAFSA allows you to estimate figures and then update them later in the process.
Online or paper: Which is preferred?
We do not prefer one application over another. However, we do know that applications filed online typically move faster through the application process and have fewer errors.
When will I hear back?
The U.S. Department of Education sends a personalized Student Aid Report (SAR) once the FAFSA has been processed. As long as Hofstra is listed on the SAR, the University receives your FAFSA information electronically. Hofstra begins mailing financial aid award notices in early March.
Merit- or need-based aid: What is the difference?
Merit-based aid is composed of scholarships and grants awarded to students in view of specific talents or accomplishments. Need-based aid is given to students after assessing a family’s financial position and expected contribution.
Applying for Financial Aid
Hofstra encourages all families to apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only form you need to submit when applying for financial assistance. Be sure to include Hofstra’s school code — 002732 — on your application. FAFSA forms are available online at fafsa.gov or may be obtained from high schools in late December. You may submit the FAFSA after January 1, but be sure it is completed no later than February 15.
Can I work on campus?
On-campus employment opportunities include the Federal Work-Study Program, summer employment, and temporary employment, as well as positions such as undergraduate assistants, resident assistants, resident safety representatives (RSRs), student patrol officers, and lifeguards. For further information, visit hofstra.edu/studentemployment.
Does Hofstra offer a locked-in tuition rate plan?
Hofstra University offers new first-year undergraduate students a four-year locked-in rate for tuition and fees. Visit hofstra.edu/lockedintuitionrate for information.
Are there payment plans?
Hofstra University offers several payment plan options to students and those helping them pay for their education at Hofstra. Students may divide their total outstanding balance, after financial aid, into easy-to-manage monthly payments. Students may choose from an annual plan or a semester-based plan. Please visit hofstra.edu/paymentoptions for more information.
Note: Tuition and fee information posted on the Hofstra website (hofstra.edu/tuition) is for one term and should be doubled to determine the annual amount. Monthly payment plan participants are not entitled to defer any balances beyond their financial aid and plan amounts.
About 140 undergraduate program options
HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES African Studies: B.A. American Studies: B.A. Anthropology: Anthropology: B.A. Anthropology-Archaeology: B.A. Art History: B.A. Asian Studies: B.A. Biochemistry: B.S. Biology: Biology: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Cell & Molecular Biology: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Ecology & Evolution: B.A.; B.S. Biology – Marine Biology: B.A.; B.S. Chemistry: B.A.; B.S. Chinese: B.A. Chinese Studies: B.A. Classics: B.A. Comparative Literature: B.A. Computer Engineering: Computer Engineering: B.S. Computer Engineering Concentration in Leadership & Innovation in Computing (CLIC): B.S. Computer Engineering - Option in Leadership & Innovation in Computing (OLIC): B.S. Computer Science: B.A.; B.S.; B.A./M.S.;* B.S./M.S.* Computer Science & Mathematics (dual): B.S. Criminology: B.A. Dance: B.A. Drama: B.A. Economics: Business Economics: B.S. Economics: B.A.; B.A./M.B.A.;* B.S./M.B.A.* Mathematical Business Economics: B.S.; B.S./M.B.A.;* B.S./Finance: M.S.* Mathematical Economics: B.A.; B.A./M.B.A.* Engineering: Electrical Engineering: B.S. Engineering Science – Biomedical: B.A.; B.E. Engineering Science – Civil: B.E. Engineering Science – Production & Manufacturing: B.A. Industrial Engineering: B.S. Mechanical Engineering: B.S. English: English – Creative Writing & Literature: B.A. English – English & American Literature: B.A. English – Publishing Studies & Literature: B.A. Environmental Resources: B.S. Fine Arts: Fine Arts – Ceramics: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Design: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Painting: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Photography: B.A.; B.S. Fine Arts – Sculpture/Jewelry: B.A.; B.S. Forensic Science: B.S. French: B.A. Geography: B.A. Geology: B.A.; B.S. German: B.A. Global Studies: B.A. Hebrew: B.A. History: B.A. Hofstra University 4+4 Combined Bachelor’s and M.D. Program: B.A./M.D.;* B.S./M.D.* Ibero-American Studies: B.A. Ibero-American Studies with minor in International Business: B.A. Italian: B.A. Jewish Studies: B.A. Labor Studies: B.A. Latin: B.A. Latin American & Caribbean Studies: B.A. Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP): B.A./J.D.* Liberal Arts: B.A. Linguistics: B.A. Mathematics: Computer Science and Mathematics (dual): B.S. Mathematics: B.A.; B.S.; B.S./ Business Administration: M.B.A.;* B.A./Business Administration: M.B.A.;* B.S./Finance: M.S.;* B.A./ Finance: M.S.* Mathematics – Actuarial Science: B.S. Mathematics – Applied Mathematics: B.S. Mathematics – Chemistry: B.S. Mathematics – Computer Science: B.S. Mathematics – Engineering: B.S. Mathematics – Physics: B.S. Music: Music: B.A. Music – History/Literature: B.S. Music – Jazz & Commercial Music: B.S. Music – Music Merchandising: B.S. Music – Performance: B.S. Music – Theory & Composition: B.S. Philosophy: B.A. Physician Assistant Studies: B.S./M.S.* Physics: Applied Physics: B.S. Physics: B.A.; B.S. Political Science: B.A. Pre-Health with a concentration in Humanities or Social Sciences: B.A. Pre-Medical Studies: B.S. Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Law Pre-Dental Pre-Nursing Pre-Optometry Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary Psychology: B.A. Religion: B.A. Russian: B.A. Sociology: B.A. Spanish: B.A. Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: B.A. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) (with dual major in Elementary Education): B.A. Theater Arts: Theater Arts – Performance Sequence: B.F.A. Theater Arts – Production Sequence: B.F.A. Urban Ecology: B.A.; B.S. Women’s Studies: B.A. FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Accounting: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.S.;* B.B.A./ M.B.A.;* B.B.A./Taxation: M.S.;* M.B.A.* Entrepreneurship: B.B.A.; B.B.A./Human Resources Management: M.S.* Finance: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.* Information Technology: B.B.A.; B.B.A./ M.B.A.* International Business: B.B.A.; B.B.A./ M.B.A.* Legal Studies in Business: B.B.A. Management: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.B.A.;* B.B.A./Human Resources Management: M.S.* Marketing: B.B.A.; B.B.A./M.S.;* B.B.A./ M.B.A.;* B.B.A./Marketing Research: M.S.* Supply Chain Management: B.B.A. SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION Film Studies/Production: B.A. Journalism: B.A. Mass Media Studies: B.A. Public Relations: B.A. Radio Production and Studies: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies: Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies — Speech Communication: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies — Communication, Citizenship, and Public Advocacy: B.A. Speech Communication & Rhetorical Studies — Communication, Culture, and Social Action: B.A. Video/Television: B.A.; B.S. Video/Television & Business: B.S. Video/Television & Film: B.S. SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Early Childhood and Childhood Education (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (with dual major in a liberal arts discipline): B.A. Health Professions and Kinesiology: Athletic Training: B.S. Community Health: B.S. Exercise Science: B.S. Health Education: B.S. Health Science: B.S. Physical Education: B.S.Ed. Secondary Education: Business Education: B.B.A. Dance Education: B.S.Ed. Fine Arts Education: B.S.Ed. Music Education: B.S.Ed. Secondary Education (with dual major in another discipline): English Education: B.A. Foreign Language Education — French: B.A. Foreign Language Education — German: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Italian: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Russian: B.A. Foreign Language Education — Spanish: B.A. Mathematics Education: B.A. Science Education — Biology: B.A. Science Education — Chemistry: B.A. Science Education — Earth Science: B.A. Science Education — Physics: B.A. Social Studies Education: B.A. HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE Entrance to Hofstra University Honors College is by invitation only and occurs after a student’s acceptance to the University.
*A dual degree program allows the student to earn both degrees in less time than if each degree is pursued separately. Hofstra University offers more than 100 dual degree programs, many of them in the Zarb School of Business. Learn more at hofstra.edu/dualdegree.
Hofstra at a Glance
A Look at the Class of 2015
Average HS GPA: 3.46 Students with GPA of 3.0 or Higher: 78 percent Average SAT: 1171 Students From Outside New York State: 46 percent Students Who Live on Campus: 74 percent
Costs and Financial Aid (2011-2012)
Tuition and Fees: $34,150 Average Housing and Dining Plan: $11,650 Average Institutional Gift Aid Award: $16,227 Students Awarded Financial Aid: 94 percent
U.S. States and Territories: 50 Foreign Countries: 72
Undergraduate Program Options: About 140 Full-time Faculty Holding Advanced Degree: 93 percent Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 21
Facilities and Resources
Library Holdings: 1.2 million print volumes Residence Halls: 37 Student Clubs and Organizations: 175
Varsity Athletics (NCAA Division I)
Baseball (M) Basketball (M/W) Cross Country (M/W) Field Hockey (W) Golf (M/W) Lacrosse (M/W) Soccer (M/W) Softball (W) Tennis (M/W) Volleyball (W) Wrestling (M)
In compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and other federal law, an annual campus safety report which contains detailed information on campus security and fire safety, including statistics, is available by accessing the Hofstra website at hofstra.edu/campussafetyreport or by contacting the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety. Crime statistics are also available at the U.S. Department of Education website at ope.ed.gov/security. The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime and fire safety statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. For additional information or a paper copy of the report, please call the Department of Public Safety at 516-463-6606. Hofstra University is committed to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status in employment and in the conduct and operation of Hofstra University’s educational programs and activities, including admissions, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs. Hofstra’s prohibition against discrimination is also addressed in Hofstra’s Harassment Policy. The Harassment Policy prohibits harassment--including sexual harassment and sexual violence--based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status. Hofstra University is committed to professional and interpersonal respect ensuring that no individuals are subjected to harassment or discriminated against in any way on the basis of any of these protected characteristics. Harassment based on any of these protected characteristics is a form of discrimination prohibited by law and by Hofstra University’s Harassment Policy. The Harassment Policy, which is available online at the link referenced below, contains complaint procedures for resolving complaints of harassment in violation of Hofstra’s Harassment Policy. Harassment policy link: http://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/Faculty/Senate/senate_FPS_43.pdf
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