We offer a limited number of merit scholarships, which are awarded upon your acceptance to Wesleyan. An applicant for admission will be considered automatically for most scholarships. No additional application is required.
Some students may be invited to an annual scholarship competition. Performance arts awards require an audition or submission of a portfolio. If you’re interested in auditioning for a specific fine arts scholarship – such as art, music, or theatre – you should contact the Admission Office.
Every student applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is in addition to the Wesleyan Financial Aid Application Form click here for forms. You can also get the FAFSA form from your secondary school counselor. You should send it in as soon as possible after January 1. To learn more about FAFSA, click here.
Wesleyan offers a comprehensive financial aid program. Review some of the scholarships, grants, and loans listed here. Plus, additional information may be found on our Scholarships page.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
The annual Wesleyan College Scholarship Day is open to high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary academic records, leadership, or talents through their applications for admission. In addition, students may also compete for a performance art scholarship in art, music, or theatre. Scholarship opportunities are greatly enhanced by participation in a Scholarship Day. Eligible students must complete the Scholarship Day application by February 21. Call (800) 447-6610 for more information.
These scholarships range in value from $8,000 to $19,750 per year. Minimum eligibility requirements are a 1600 SAT/27ACT and a 3.75 GPA, to a 950 SAT/20 ACT and a 3.00 GPA. Competition includes a classroom discussion and an individual interview.
Fine Arts Scholarships
These scholarships range in value from $500 to $3,000 per year. Students interested in music or theatre scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted. A portfolio is required of those competing for an art scholarship.
Wesleyan Merit Award Program
Each year Wesleyan College offers scholarships to academically deserving students. These awards are available on a competitive basis to outstanding incoming first-year and transfer students. The college offers an annual on-campus scholarship competition program which all eligible scholarship nominees are strongly encouraged to attend. Leadership Awards may be granted to students who have demonstrated superior leadership characteristics in high school, church, and in the community. Interested students should contact the Admission Office for further information about scholarship eligibility requirements and competition dates.
All merit awards are renewable from year to year, provided the student is enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) at Wesleyan, maintains the required grade point average, and satisfies other stipulated conditions of her scholarship as identified in the Statement of Understanding which accompanies a scholarship offer. Incoming students may not receive more than two merit awards from Wesleyan with the second being restricted typically to no more than $2,500 in value.
Should any academic scholarship recipient receive additional financial aid which results in the overpayment of the student's bill for any academic year or any portion of an academic year, the Financial Aid Office reserves the right to re-evaluate that student's particular situation and reduce the amount of scholarship by the amount of such overpayment. No combination of institutional, federal or state scholarships and grants may exceed the College's direct costs, that is, tuition, required fees, room (standard double room rate) and board. Students receiving outside scholarships may apply these funds up to the full value of the College's comprehensive costs, which include an estimate for books, as well as personal and transportation expenses. The College reserves the right to adjust need-based institutional aid if a student receives outside funding, though effort will also be made to reduce the student's self-help forms of aid, such as work-study and student loans.
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships for Wesleyan students are provided from College sources, private businesses, civic groups, estates, individuals, and alumnae. Most scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and proven need for assistance. It is not necessary for students competing for scholarship assistance to indicate each individual scholarship for which they wish to be considered.
Students should contact their high school counselors or principals concerning scholarships offered by local or national foundations, organizations, and individuals. More about outside resources for scholarships, loans, and grants.
Wesleyan awards various grants from institutional sources to assist in meeting the financial needs of its students. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive a Wesleyan Grant.
Restricted Scholarships and Grants
Like most colleges, Wesleyan has a number of endowed or otherwise funded scholarships that are provided from College sources, private businesses, civic groups, estates, individuals, and alumnae. Most support the College's general merit scholarship and need-based grant programs. Some of these scholarships are restricted to students who fulfill designated eligibility requirements. It is not necessary for students competing for scholarship assistance to indicate each individual scholarship for which they wish to be considered.
Students should contact their high school counselors or principals concerning scholarships offered by local or national foundations, organizations, and individuals.
Peyton Anderson Scholarship
This full scholarship recognizes young women of superb intellectual talent from the Middle Georgia area who are committed to teaching in the Middle Georgia area. One-fifth of the scholarship is a loan which will be forgiven at 20 percent a year for five years as the recipient teaches within Middle Georgia. Minimum requirements for this award are a 1100 SAT score and a 3.6 on a 4.0 grade point scale. The recipient must commit to teach in Middle Georgia for five years.
Daughters and granddaughters of Wesleyan alumnae are eligible for the Alumnae Grant which is equal to 20 percent of the student's tuition each year. A student may not receive the ministerial or family award in addition to the alumnae award.
Family Grants are given to one student when two students from the same household (sisters or mother and daughter) attend Wesleyan concurrently. The family grant is equal to 20 percent of tuition. A student may not receive the ministerial or alumnae award in addition to the family grant. Students receiving the family discount will have the value of merit awards for which they are eligible prorated to their discounted cost of tuition.
Dependent daughters and spouses of United Methodist ministers are eligible to receive a grant of up to half the cost of tuition for each year of attendance at Wesleyan. Applications for this grant are available in the Wesleyan College Financial Planning Office. A student may not receive the alumnae or family awards in addition to the ministerial scholarship. Dependents of diaconal ministers also receive a reduction in tuition. Students receiving the ministerial discount will have the value of merit awards for which they are eligible prorated to their discounted cost of tuition. More about special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students.
The Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award
Each year, a limited number of students with demonstrated leadership or significant involvement in the Methodist Church and in service to others may be awarded A Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award. These awards are valued between $1,000 and $5,000 per year, and are renewable. To be eligible students must be members of the Methodist Church for the two most recent years and be nominated by their minister or a church officer. More about special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students.
The Wesleyan Methodist Scholarship Program
The Wesleyan Methodist Scholarship Program is a joint effort between Wesleyan College and United Methodist churches. This scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating need of the the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For each commitment made by a United Methodist church, Wesleyan College will match the church's commitment up to a maximum of $2,000 per year. Should a student's United Methodist church agree to give her a scholarship, Wesleyan College will match that scholarship from college funds for each year it is given. If the student is selected as a Methodist Youth Leadership recipient, this award will be applied toward Wesleyan's matching funds. The church's commitment must be received prior to July 15 of the award year. A student may not receive the Wesleyan Methodist Scholarship or Youth Leadership Award in addition to the Ministerial Scholarship. More about special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students.
United Methodist Scholarships and Student Loans
The Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church annually awards a number of scholarships to United Methodist students attending Wesleyan. Scholarships usually are awarded in the amount of $500 per year and are for one year only.
To be eligible for a United Methodist Student Loan, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
1. be a member of the United Methodist Church;
2. be a citizen of the United States or have permanent residence status; and
3. be admitted to a degree program. All applicants must maintain at least a C average to be eligible.
Applications are available from the director of Financial Planning at Wesleyan College.
Several of the college loan funds make it possible for students to borrow money if necessary. No interest is charged on a loan while a student is enrolled at Wesleyan. Interest at 5 to 7 percent is charged beginning on the date of graduation or withdrawal. The principal may be repaid at any time, but becomes due in monthly payments, beginning 90 days after graduation or withdrawal from Wesleyan College. There are no deferment provisions for college loan funds. These loans are awarded at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office.
- Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian. Click here for more information.
- Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration. Click here for more information.
- Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration. Click here for more information.
- Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration., and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after high school graduation or home study completion. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken. Click here for more information.
- Have first enrolled in an eligible post-secondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint. Click here for more information.
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