High School Graduation Year 2020


The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Scholarship FAQ

For high school graduation year 2020
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1. How do I apply for a College Crusade scholarship?
To apply for a College Crusade Scholarship you are required to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA.ed.gov. You should file your FAFSA on or after October 1, when the FAFSA Form becomes available.

If you are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA, please contact Monique Collins at 401-519-0206 or scholarship@thecollegecrusade.org to make alternative arrangements.

2. Who is eligible for a College Crusade scholarship?
To be eligible for a College Crusade scholarship, you must earn admission to an accredited college, university, community college, or trade school.  You are eligible for a scholarship for up to six years after high school graduation or receipt of a GED. You must request your first scholarship award before you turn 22 years old.

3. Where can I use the College Crusade scholarship?
The Crusade Scholarship can be used at the one of the following:

  • Any accredited college, university, community college or trade school in RI
  • A union apprenticeship or industry training program in RI
  • One of our out-of-state Scholarship Collaborative Schools (see list below)

College Crusade scholarships cannot be used at any schools other than those listed above. If you decide to attend a school that is not in the above categories, you will not be eligible for a Crusade scholarship.

The College Crusade of Rhode Island – Scholarship Collaborative Schools:

  • Brown University (Providence, R.I.), brown.edu
  • Bryant University (Smithfield, R.I.), bryant.edu
  • Community College of Rhode Island (Providence, RI) ccri.edu
  • Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI), jwu.edu
  • New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, R.I.), neit.edu
  • Providence College, (Providence, R.I.), providence.edu
  • Rhode Island College, (Providence, R.I.), ric.edu
  • Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.), risd.edu
  • Roger Williams University (Bristol, R.I.), rwu.edu
  • Salve Regina University (Newport, R.I.), salve.edu
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston, R.I.), uri.edu
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (Boston, Mass.), bfit.edu
  • Boston University (Boston, Mass.), bu.edu
  • Dean College (Franklin, Mass.), dean.edu
  • Emerson College (Boston, Mass.), emerson.edu
  • Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa), grinnell.edu
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Mass.), mtholyoke.edu
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), northeastern.edu
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.), syr.edu
  • Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), wheatoncollege.edu

The policies and practices of scholarship disbursement are left to the discretion of the college you attend. We cannot determine how they set their practices for donating College Crusade scholarships. The money for these scholarships comes from the institutions funds, and they have the right to set their own policies.

4. How much money will the College Crusade Scholarship provide?
The amount of a College Crusade Scholarship awarded will vary depending upon the school you go to and the school’s policies. For Crusaders who graduated high school before 2016, the maximum scholarship will be $4,500 per year for a four-year school, and a maximum of $2,585 per year for a two-year school.

For Crusaders who graduated from high school in 2016 and after, the scholarship is based on your participation hours. The chart below presents the different levels of participation-based scholarships:

If you attend school less than full time, your scholarship will be prorated based on credit hours.

5. Is the College Crusade Scholarship paid directly to me?
No, the scholarship is paid directly to the school. Payments are made after your school certifies your enrollment, , and financial need. Because payments will reach the school after each enrollment period begins, you may be asked by your school to pay educational costs and then receive reimbursement when the school receives the College Crusade scholarship funds.

 6. Can a College Crusade Scholarship be used for other costs besides tuition?
Yes. A College Crusade Scholarship can be used for any “legitimate educational expense” after tuition and fees have been paid in full. These expenses may include books, room and board, and transportation. Each school decides what the legitimate expenses are for its students.

7. Is the College Crusade Scholarship renewable?
Yes. To maintain your scholarship you are expected to meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress determined by your school (typically a 2.0 GPA), and renew your FAFSA annually if applicable.

The College Crusade scholarship is a multi-semester award. The number of semesters you are eligible for depends on the type of institution you attend:

  • Four-year school: Eight semesters or twelve tri-semesters
  • Two-year school: Four semesters
  • Trade school – One year program:Two semesters or three quarters
  • Trade school – Two-year program:Four semesters or six quarters

8. If I go to CCRI, can I transfer to a four-year school and still receive a College Crusade Scholarship?
Yes. A Crusader attending CCRI can transfer to a four-year Crusade scholarship school at any time and continue to receive a College Crusade Scholarship. However, you cannot receive the scholarship for more than a total of eight semesters (or twelve tri-semesters) for full time. If attending part time, the scholarship is pro-rated and may exceed the time.

9. If I attend a trade school and complete and receive a certificate, can I go on to another postsecondary institution and continue to receive a College Crusade scholarship?
No, your College Crusade scholarship will pay for only one certificate program.

10. If I enroll in a non-Crusade school and later transfer to a Crusade scholarship school, can I still get a scholarship?
Crusaders who graduate from high school or complete a GED have six years to attend a Crusade scholarship school, whether or not they were previously enrolled in a non-Crusade scholarship school.

11. Is there any reason why I would not receive a College Crusade scholarship?
Yes. The scholarship award we give you cannot exceed the total cost of attendance at the school where you attend. Your award will be adjusted if the school indicates that the award brings the total financial aid package to a level that exceeds the total cost of attendance. Your award offer may also change if there is a change in your financial status as determined by the school.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Monique Collins at 401-519-0206 or scholarship@thecollegecrusade.org.

Note: This document simplifies The College Crusade’s Scholarship policies for informational purposes and does not constitute a legal agreement. Revised July 2018.

The College Crusade of Rhode Island policy prohibits discrimination based upon race, sex, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, color, sexual orientation, veteran status or handicap/disability status.

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