Hofstra Scholarships

Merit Scholarship Program for Incoming Students

A. For the Class Entering in Fall 2012 or Later

Incoming students may receive a merit scholarship for their first year, which will be applied in equal portions to the fall and spring semesters. A tiered retention policy has been instituted whereby (1) students ranked in the top 40 percent of their class after each academic year will retain 100 percent of their award, (2) students ranked greater than 40 percent up to 50 percent of their class after each academic year will retain 50 percent of their scholarship and (3) students ranked greater than 50 percent up to 60 percent of their class after each academic year will retain 25 percent of their scholarship. Since only one year of retention data for the tiered system is available, estimated retention rates under the tiered policy were applied to historical 2011 and 2010 information below.

Please note that at the end of their first year, full-time and part-time students are ranked together. In subsequent years, students must maintain a cumulative academic rank that places them in the top 40, 50 or 60 percent (not rounded) of their entire graduating class (all full-time and part-time students with a common anticipated graduation date). The cumulative academic rank used to determine students’ eligibility for renewal is calculated at the conclusion of the spring semester each year and is not reviewed again until the conclusion of the spring semester of the following year. For purposes of this scholarship, grades earned in the summer sessions, study abroad programs or the winter intersession are counted as if they occurred in the following fall or spring semester. This scholarship cannot be used to cover tuition expenses related to the summer sessions, study abroad programs or the winter intersession.

Scholarship Retention Data

Students Matriculating InNumber Entering With a Conditional ScholarshipNumber Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or EliminatedNumber Who Earned Back Their Scholarship After the Second Year
Fall 2012 199 106 N/A
Fall 2011 243 125 14
Fall 2010 256 135 13

Estimate Based on the New Tiered Retention Policy

Students Matriculating InNumber Entering With a Conditional ScholarshipNumber Whose Conditional Scholarship Would Have Been EliminatedPercentage Whose Conditional Scholarship Would Have Been Eliminated
Fall 2012 (actual) 199 72 36.2%
Fall 2011 243 80 32.9%
Fall 2010 256 84 32.8%

B. For Classes Entering in Fall 2010 and Fall 2011

Incoming students may receive a merit scholarship for their first year, which will be applied in equal portions to the fall and spring semesters. This scholarship is renewable each year after the first year for the remainder of law school enrollment, provided that students maintain a cumulative academic rank that places them in the top 40 percent (not rounded) of their entering class. Note that at the end of their first year, full-time and part-time students are ranked together. In subsequent years, students must maintain a cumulative academic rank that places them in the top 40 percent (not rounded) of their entire graduating class (all full-time and part-time students with a common anticipated graduation date). The cumulative academic rank used to determine students’ eligibility for renewal is calculated at the conclusion of the spring semester each year and is not reviewed again until the conclusion of the spring semester of the following year. For purposes of this scholarship, grades earned in the summer sessions, study abroad programs or the winter intersession are counted as if they occurred in the following fall or spring semester. This scholarship cannot be used to cover tuition expenses related to the summer sessions, study abroad programs or the winter intersession.

Fellowships

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University offers fellowship programs in Child and Family Advocacy; Health Law and Policy; and LGBT Rights. Fellows are selected each year from students in the incoming class. Fellowship awards are renewed after the first year based on satisfactory academic performance and full participation in program activities. Fellows in the class entering in fall 2013 follow the merit scholarship retention policy above. Fellows in the class entering in fall 2012 are required to be in the top 50 percent of their graduating class to be eligible for renewal. Fellows in the classes entering in fall 2010 and fall 2011 are required to remain in good academic standing to be eligible for renewal.