High School Graduation Years 2025 and After


The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Scholarship FAQ

For high school graduation years 2025 and after
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1. How do I apply for a Crusade scholarship?
To apply for a College Crusade Scholarship you are required to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA.ed.gov. You should file your FAFSA on or after Oct. 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 Crusade scholarship?
To be eligible for a College Crusade scholarship, you must earn admission to an accredited college, university or community college. You are eligible for a donated scholarship for up to six years after high school graduation or receipt of GED credential. You must request your first scholarship award before you turn 22 years old.

3. What kinds of scholarships does The College Crusade of Rhode Island offer?
The College Crusade provides two types of scholarships: “cash” and “donated.”

Cash scholarships for Crusaders can be used at any accredited college, university or community college anywhere in the United States. The amount of a cash scholarship is equivalent to the minimum Pell Grant award (in 2018, this amount is $610) and is awarded only once to defray costs for students in their first year of college.

Donated scholarships for Crusaders are available at many Rhode Island schools and certain out-of-state schools. As of June 2018, the following schools in our Scholarship Collaborative offer donated scholarships to Crusaders:

The policies and practices of scholarship disbursement are left to the discretion of the college you attend. In most cases, the amount of a donated scholarship will exceed a cash scholarship from The College Crusade. However, we cannot determine how these colleges and universities set their practices for donating College Crusade scholarships. The money for these scholarships comes from the institution’s funds, and they have the right to set their own policies.

4. How is it determined who receives a donated scholarship?
To receive a donated scholarship, you must gain admission to one of our Collaborative Schools.  The scholarship amount will vary depending upon the school you go to and the school’s policies.

5. Are donated scholarships renewable?
Donated scholarships are renewable. To maintain your scholarship you are expected to meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress determined by your school (typically 2.0 GPA), and renew your FAFSA annually if applicable.

The donated 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

6. Is my donated scholarship paid directly to me?
No, the school you are attending will include your donated scholarship in your financial aid package to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

7. How do you determine who receives a cash scholarship?
Cash scholarships are available to Crusaders who do not receive donated scholarships and who attend an accredited college, university or community college anywhere in the United States.

The cash 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.

8. Is my cash scholarship paid directly to me and when do I receive it?
Yes, the cash scholarship is paid directly to you. Payments are made after your school verifies your attendance.

9. If I go to CCRI, can I transfer to a four-year school and still receive a donated scholarship?
Yes. A Crusader attending CCRI can transfer to a four-year school that offers donated scholarships.

10. Is there any reason why I would not receive a Crusade scholarship?
No. You will receive either a donated scholarship from a school that offers scholarships to Crusaders, or a one-time cash scholarship that can be used at any 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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