Financial Aid

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.

financial aid 14Some 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 formsYou 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

Scholarship Day
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 Scholarship Day. Eligible students must complete the Scholarship Day application by February 21. Call (800) 447-6610 for more information.

Academic Scholarships
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 accomplished 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.

Scholarship Policy
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 one merit award.

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. Direct costs include 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 cost of  attendance budget, 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.

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.

Alumnae Grants
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. Students receiving the family discount will have the value of merit awards for which they are eligible prorated to their discounted cost of tuition.

Family Grants
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.

Ministerial Scholarships
Dependent daughters and spouses of United Methodist ministers are eligible to receive a grant of up to 20 percent of tuition for each year of attendance at Wesleyan. 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 The United Methodist churches. This scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating need on 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.

Institutional Loans
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.

Federal and State Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant Program
The expected family contribution (EFC) formula as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the standard formula used in determining eligibility for the Pell Grant. The formula produces an EFC number to be considered for a Federal Pell Grant to consider a student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
These are federal grants designed for students with exceptional financial need. S.E.O.G. awards may range from $200 to $4,000 per year.

Federal Work-Study Program and Wesleyan Work Study
This is a federal program designed to provide a student the chance to pay part of her educational expenses by working at a part-time job. To be employed under this program, the student must:

1. be enrolled or accepted for enrollment;
2. show evidence of financial need; and
3. be capable of maintaining good academic standing while employed under this program.

This award is not deducted from the student's charges during the billing process. Limited funds are available for campus jobs to students who do not meet the above criteria and we also offer Wesleyan work study.

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG)
The GTEG program is an annual tuition grant made available by the state of Georgia to qualified Georgia residents for attendance at approved private colleges in the state. To be eligible for this grant, the student must be a United States citizen who has resided in Georgia for at least 12 months prior to the date of registration for any particular semester, and whose academic load meets the requirements specified by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (presently 12 hours per semester). This grant is not based on financial need. To be considered for the grant, students must file an online application at www.gacollege411.org by the final date of registration.

HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship
Students with the following qualifications are eligible for the Hope Scholarship. The student must:
  1. Have graduated from an eligible high school with a "B" average, as defined by the HOPE program, or have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average at the college level at specific credit-hour checkpoints. Students who earned a GED or graduated from an ineligible high school or home study program may qualify for a HOPE Scholarship, as an entering freshman, based on their SAT or ACT scores.
  2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.
  3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  4. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  8. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

Students may receive $3,820 per school year (fall and spring) or $1,910 per semester if enrolled full time. The Hope Scholarship is renewable if the 3.0 cumulative grade point average is maintained.

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible college in Georgia.

Eligibility
To receive Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and:

  • Meet one of the following academic requirements:
  • 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.
  • Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  • Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.View a list of HOPE eligible colleges and universities .
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for Zell Miller Scholarship payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
The Secretary of Education established this loan to assist students or parents in meeting the cost of the student's attendance at a post-secondary school. The Federal Stafford Loan Program has a variable interest rate adjusted annually based on the 91-day T-bill rate (auctioned at the final auction help prior to June 1) plus 3.1 percent with a 9 percent cap.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Program
Under the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Program, your lender subsidizes the interest while the borrower is in an in-school, grace, or deferment period. These loans are based on financial need and range from $3,500 to $5,500 per academic year. A dependent or independent undergraduate or graduate student may receive a subsidized loan.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program
Under the Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program, interest accrues monthly. A dependent or independent undergraduate student may receive an unsubsidized loan.

Federal PLUS Loan Program
Federal PLUS Loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow to pay the educational expenses of their daughter who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time (six credit hours). The yearly limit on the Federal PLUS Loan is equal to the cost of education minus any other financial aid received for the year. The interest rate is 7.21%. The interest rate is adjusted each year on July 1.

Federal Perkins Loans
These federal loans are made to students with exceptional financial need. Students may borrow up to $5,500 per year. No principal is due on the loan or interest charged while the student is enrolled at least half-time and for nine months after studies are terminated. Students may have up to ten years to repay a Perkins Loan at 5 percent interest. Borrowers who become full-time teachers in certain elementary or secondary schools may be qualified for cancellation of part or all of their loan debt.

Note: The College reserves the right to change policy. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office or refer to current admission and financial aid publications for updated information on programs and policies.

Alternative Loans
Alternative Loans are private, credit-based loans designed to help students meet post-secondary or graduate education costs not met by other forms of financial aid. It is recommended that all U.S. students take advantage of all available federal aid resources before applying for an alternative loan: Apply now.

Additional Awards and Scholarships
Additional awards and scholarships are available to Wesleyan students. It is not necessary for a student to apply for each scholarship. The student will be considered for each by submitting the Wesleyan application for financial aid.

 

Click here for a full listing of scholarships.


Email a Financial Aid Counselor, or call our main line at (478) 757-5205, or toll-free (888) 665-5723.