Delaware may be one of the country’s smallest states, but it has a lot to offer in terms of education.
Residents can attend a research university, baccalaureate college, or special focus institution. They can consider certification programs or master’s degrees, study online or on campus.
Numerous financial aid programs further support the comprehensive postsecondary educational system in Delaware.
Overview of Higher Education in Delaware
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that as of 2018-2019 there are 8 degree-granting institutions in the state of Delaware. Of these, 3 are public, 4 are non-profit, and 1 is for-profit.
Tuition rates in Delaware are above the US average, according to the NCES. Tuition and fees for an in-state student at one of the state’s public 4-year institutions is $10,607. Out-of-state students will pay an average of $30,405.
Residents who have chosen to pursue a degree program not offered in Delaware have a few options.
First, Delaware’s Department of Education has authorized several out-of-state schools to grant degrees within the state.
Alternatively, through its membership in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and participation in the Academic Common Market, Delaware residents whose degree programs are unavailable in-state can enroll at public colleges in any of the other 15 participating states while paying in-state tuition rates.
About Online Colleges in Delaware
Online learning appeals to many because it is a convenient and flexible way to earn a degree.
According to a 2018 report by the NCES, 15.5% of Delaware higher education students were enrolled in online courses exclusively. Another 16.2% of students were participating in a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.
Nearly all of Delaware’s postsecondary institutions now offer online learning opportunities.
Wilmington University’s program is particularly robust, with more than 130 online programs from certificates to doctoral degrees. Online students at WilmU have access to all the same support channels as on-campus learners, including advisors, tutors, library resources and more.
Scholarships and Financial Aid in Delaware
In order to receive financial aid in Delaware, first you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA application will include questions about your income and the income of your parents (unless you’re considered independent), and the data you provide will be used to determine how much and what type of financial assistance you are offered.
Even if you don’t believe you will qualify for need-based assistance, you should still plan to fill out the FAFSA. It is often required for low interest loans and scholarships as well.
The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1st and should be completed as soon as possible because funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
In Delaware, the Delaware Higher Education Office (DHEO), a division of the Delaware Department of Education, oversees 12 state-funded financial aid programs – including grants, scholarships and professional incentive programs – and 3 private scholarship programs.
Currently, the DHEO oversees the following aid programs for undergraduate students in the state:
|Scholarship Name||Details||Scholarship amount|
|B.Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship||High school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1290 or higher; Enrolled full-time at University of Delaware||Full tuition and fees; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 3.0 GPA)|
|Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship
|High school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1000 or higher; Enrolled full-time at University of Delaware or Delaware State University; Majoring in humanities or social sciences; Preference given to political science majors||Full tuition and fees; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 3.0 GPA)|
|Christa Mcauliffe Teacher Incentive Program||Pursuing a teaching certificate; High school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1010 or higher; Preference is given to those planning to teach in a critical need area||Full tuition and fees; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 3.0 GPA)|
|Nursing Incentive Program||Pursuing certification as an RN or LPN; High school seniors or undergraduates with a GPA of 2.5 or higher||Full tuition and fees; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 2.75 GPA)|
|Delaware Teacher Corps Incentive Program||Pursuing certification to teach in critical need area; High school seniors must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1140 or higher; GPA of 2.75 or higher; Preference to students who intend to teach special education||Full tuition; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 2.75 GPA)|
|Diamond State Scholarship
|High school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1290 or higher||$1250 per year, renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 3.0 GPA)|
|Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans and Others
|Offspring of an armed forces service member, state police officer or Department of Transportation employee whose death was service-related, who is/was held as prisoner of war, is missing in action, etc.||Full tuition and fees at a Delaware public college, or at a private college if chosen program is not offered at public college|
|Herman M. Holloway, Sr. Memorial Scholarship||High school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1000 or higher; Enrolled full time at Delaware State University||Full tuition and fees; renewable for up to 3 additional years (with 3.0 GPA)|
|Port of Wilmington Maritime Society’s Dennis Latina Scholarship||High school seniors or returning students with a parent, grandparent or guardian who is employed by any company in Port of Wilmington, is a member of Port of Wilmington Maritime Society, and has contributed at least $500 toward Port of Wilmington Society Scholarship Funds||$2500|
|Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP)
|GPA of 2.5 or higher; Demonstrated financial need||$1000 per year|
Additional need and merit-based grants and scholarships can be found at each of Delaware’s colleges and universities.
You can also check out scholarship search sites like Fastweb.com, where you can enter basic demographic information and be matched with dozens of scholarships.
List of Online Colleges in Delaware
|Online Colleges in Delaware||Location||Annual Tuition||Accreditation||Application Fee|
|Wilmington University||New Castle, Delaware||$10,670||Regional||$35|
|University of Delaware||Newark, Delaware||$12,830||Regional||$75|
Delaware’s size isn’t holding anyone back!
The state has a number of excellent institutions, and has connected with many other states to offer additional programs to its residents at affordable rates. Delaware residents also have access to a multitude of financial aid programs to help ease the financial burden.