Scholarships for Transgender and Nonbinary Students

Scholarships and grants can be difficult to find. This resource provides a list of scholarships and grants for transgender and nonbinary students.

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by Kathrine Yets

Updated June 25, 2022

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Transgender and nonbinary students often face financial hardships like a lack of family support and high costs for gender-affirming medical care. However, scholarships and grants are available to help transgender or nonbinary students pay for school.

Finding scholarships and grants can be difficult, so BestColleges compiled the list below to save you some time.

Nonbinary and Transgender Students' Unique Financial Challenges

A study by Ohio State University found that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming students face greater financial challenges than their cisgender peers. They often experience increased financial strain because of employment and housing discrimination. They also may experience less support from family members and high medical costs from medications and gender-affirming surgeries.

It's typically harder for those who identify as transgender or nonbinary to get student loans. Considerations like genders and chosen names make the process harder. That's why scholarships and grants are a great financial aid option for transgender and nonbinary students.

Featured Transgender and Nonbinary Scholarships and Grants

The #TransgenderFirst College Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Transgender or nonbinary students planning on or currently pursuing a college degree. Applicants must tell their stories.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2022 Amount: $2,500

Trans Student Educational Resources Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Students who identify as trans, gender diverse, nonbinary, Hijra, two-spirit, and/or within the trans community are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited, non-profit university or community college and have financial need.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: April 12, 2022 Amount: $500

PFLAG Chapter Scholarships

Who Is Eligible: LQBTQ+ students are eligible. Specific criteria and award amounts depend on the state chapter.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: Varies Amount: Varies

Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, queer, or bisexual women and transgender individuals pursuing technical education.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: February 14, 2022 Amount: $2,500

Casey Hoke Gender Equity Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Current students with GPAs of 2.0 or higher who have made a positive change on campus for trans-spectrum students.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: March 2, 2022 Amount: $250

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Students must be LGBTQ+ STEM majors with GPAs of 2.75 or higher. The student must also be active in the LGBTQ+ community.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: June 4, 2022 Amount: $5,000

Point Foundation Scholarships

Who Is Eligible: Varies by scholarship. Applicants submit one application to be matched with a scholarship based on their academics, interests, and financial need.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2023 Amount: Varies

New York Ramblers Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: LGBTQI students or committed allies who are student-athletes between ages 15-22. You also must plan to attend an undergraduate program.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2023 Amount: $2,500

2022 Trans/Nonbinary Law Graduates of Color Grant Fund

Who Is Eligible: Transgender or nonbinary persons of color who graduated law school in 2022. You also must be registered to take the Bar exam in the summer of 2022.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2022 Amount: $1,000 awarded to three recipients

Aritzia

Who Is Eligible: Students must identify as LGBTQIA or two-spirit. Applicants must study or plan to work in fashion design, retail management, mental health, or social justice advocacy.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: May 6, 2022 Amount: $5,000

Datadog Upward Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Applicants must be female, nonbinary, Black, or Latinx and a U.S. high school senior majoring in the tech industry.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022 Amount: $15,000

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Additional Resources for Transgender and Nonbinary Students

The Human Rights Campaign has a searchable database for scholarships, fellowships, and grants for LGBTQ+ students. Campus Pride also has a searchable scholarship database to help transgender and nonbinary students find funding for their education. The DOE's Office of Civil Rights allows individuals to file complaints against colleges if they experience discrimination. The materials provided explain how education systems should treat individuals who identify as transgender, intersex, and other LGBTQ+ identities. The Federal Student Aid office has a website offering help on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This process can be particularly difficult for transgender and nonbinary students due to the gender questions on the application.