Bocconi Graduate Merit Awards

Key information

100% waiver on the Bocconi ordinary academic tuition and fees

Bocconi University is committed to making our superior level of higher education available to outstanding students. For the provision of these Awards, Bocconi University commits its own resources as well as generous donations from private donors, Alumni, individuals and foundations. Merit Awards will be made available for first year Graduate applicants for the 2024-2025 academic year based on their academic standing.

The Merit Award includes a full tuition and fees waiver

The provisions below constitute official publication of the regulations a.y. 2024-2025 of the “Bocconi Graduate Merit Award” benefit for students enrolled in the first year of a MSc programme in the a.y. 2024-2025.


1. Eligible students

Academic profiles considered to be amongst the top applicants (International, Italian and Bocconi) will be considered for a Merit Award based on the admission's application submitted to Bocconi University. A separate application will not be required

The Bocconi Merit Award evaluation will primarily be based on the candidate’s academic achievement. In addition to academic achievement, the complete dossier provided to the Admissions office will be evaluated.

The Selection of awardees will be carried out by a Committee, nominated by the Rector, including the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean for International Affairs, whose decisions about numbers, amounts and recipients is final and unquestionable.

The number of awards to applicants will not be equally divided amongst the different rounds. The majority of awards will be allocated - for each category of students (International, Italian, and Bocconi candidates) - in the first relevant rounds: the final percentage of awarding for each round is at the discretion of the Committee.

The assignment of an award will be communicated to awarded students together with admission results.

Students admitted to the MSc in Cyber Risk Strategy and Governance, Joint Degree with Politecnico di Milano, may be awarded the Cyber Partnership Scholarship, which is equivalent to a Bocconi Graduate Merit Award.

Please note that the assignment of the Merit Award is tied to the program of admission with which it was communicated. For this reason, there is NO guarantee that Merit Award holders who wish to request to change their program of admission will be allowed to transfer their benefit towards the new program.

Awarded students will need to follow the procedure indicated in the admission results and therefore complete the online scholarship acceptance procedure within the enrollment deadline.

Students will have to upload a copy of their updated CV that might be shared with the Fundraising Organizational Unit, in order to facilitate possible contacts with the donors. During the academic year, the Merit Award, indeed, might be converted (by the end of September 2024) into a named scholarship. Bocconi Merit Awardees might be contacted by donors of this project and/or staff members from the University Fundraising Organizational Unit for all the information relating to the named scholarship, its possible advantages and for the participation in academic and extra-academic activities. 

It is specified that the assigned benefit will be revoked to students enrolled to the first year who are still enrolled with reserve as of November 30, 2024. In fact, the University cannot grant a benefit to a student who does not appear to have completed enrollment by that date.

The Merit Award will be automatically renewed for the entire legal duration of the regular course of study if the following requirements are met: 

— enrollment requirements: completion of the enrollment in each academic year within the deadlines foreseen by Academic Services;

— merit requirements: the second year (AY 2025-2026) provided the awardee earns at least 50 credits as of 10 August 2025.

Any changes in the number of credits, which may derive from exceptional measures, will be communicated through the publication on the website.

Please note that the Merit Award can be renewed for the entire legal duration of the regular course of study. The Merit Award cannot be renewed for fuori corso year/s.

The renewal of the award is also subject to the payment of tuition and fees at Bocconi. For this reason, students enrolled in a Double/Joint Degree that, based on agreements between participating universities, offers a full tuition waiver at Bocconi and/or scholarships that cover tuition and fees to be paid to the partnered university will not be allowed to renew the award for the academic year in which they are exempted from the payment of tuition and fees at Bocconi University.

In this regard, it is specified that students enrolled in the LSE-Bocconi Double Degree program (PPA), Sciences Po-Bocconi Double Degree program (PPA) and Yale-Bocconi Double Degree program, awardees during their first year a.y. 2024-2025, will not renew the Merit Award for their second year (a.y. 2025-2026).

Please note that bonus credits ARE NOT applicable to the Merit Award.

If the merit requirements are not met, the Merit Award will be revoked. Once the Award is revoked, it cannot be restored. The provisions above constitute official publication of the regulations a.y. 2024-2025 concerning the renewal of the “Bocconi graduate Merit Award” benefit for assignees in the a.y. 2024-2025.

The award will be revoked in the following situations:

• acceptance and/or award of an equal or larger benefit in Bocconi for the same academic year; it is specified in this regard that in case the student should subsequently lose the larger benefit, the Bocconi Graduate Merit Award can never be reinstated;

• verifications carried out by the Fees, Funding and Housing Office revealing false declarations made by the student for the assignment of the award: the revocation shall take effect starting from the moment in which the illicit behavior took place and shall entail the full payment of due tuition and fees - and housing fees, if the merit award included free accommodation - starting from the academic year in which the student benefited from the waiver following false declarations (articles 71 and 75 of Italian D.P.R. 445/2000);

• disciplinary sanctions imposed by Bocconi University: in this case, the revocation of the benefit will start from the day the disciplinary sanction is imposed. Students whose award is revoked will be required to pay any outstanding tuition and fees installments that may still be due at the date of the revocation, according to the official payment deadlines defined by the Fees, Funding and Housing Office;

• failure to lift the reserve on enrollment for the first year of the a.y. 2024-2025 by November 30th, 2024. In this case, the student will be required to pay the total amount of tuition fees and contributions corresponding to the ordinary academic tuition and fees.

Moreover, students who withdraw from studies or transfer to another university during the course of the academic year will forfeit their Merit Award benefit and will not be entitled to the refund of the first installment advance paid.

The provisions above constitute official publication of the regulations a.y. 2024-2025 concerning the revocation and the forfeiture of the “Bocconi Graduate Merit Award” benefit for assignees in the a.y. 2024-2025.