Scholarships and Financial Aid

Wesleyan offers a limited number of merit scholarships awarded automatically when a student is accepted to the college. No additional application is required.

Wesleyan College offers a comprehensive financial aid program and is committed to making it financially feasible for any admitted student to attend. Wesleyan awards scholarships along with financial aid from federal, state, and institutional funds including grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment.

Important Dates:

  • October 1 – FAFSA availability opens for all applicants
  • March 15 – Recommended deadline for FAFSA submission to Department of Education
  • June 30 – The final deadline to apply for financial aid each academic year.

After a student enrolls, the College will continue to accept financial aid applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year based on student enrollment status and degree program. 

GRANTS, LOANS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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 and satisfies other stipulated conditions of her scholarship. 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 for 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 efforts will also be made to reduce the student's self-help forms of aid, such as work-study and student loans.
 

Scholarship Day

An invitation-only spring semester event for high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary academic records, leadership, or talents through their applications for admission. Once accepted to Wesleyan College, an Admission Counselor will send an official invitation to compete in an interview process (by faculty/department) for premier scholarships.

  • No student can apply for any one scholarship - their qualifications and interests indicated in their application/GPA/test scores will be matched with a scholarship and if they qualify, they will be contacted by Admissions.
  • Students may also compete for a performance art scholarship in art, music, or theatre.
  • Scholarship opportunities are greatly enhanced by participation in Scholarship Day.

Call (800) 447-6610 for more information.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Academic Scholarships

Awarded to students based on their GPA and test scores when they apply for admission.

Scholarships include:

  • Trustee for $15,000
  • Presidential for $14,000
  • Dean's for $13,000
  • Wesleyan Merit Award for $12,000
Art Scholarships

These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.

Students who apply for an art scholarship should: 

  • Submit a portfolio consisting of 8 to 10 works. One of the pieces should be a portrait drawn from real life (not copied from a photo).
  • Students are advised to present their best works rather than works in a wide variety of media.
  • The work will be evaluated on the understanding of the creative process, handling of the medium, creativity, and presentation.
  • Submit a writen short artistic biography, which tells of the student’s interests and goals in art.

Portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and include an interview with members of the Art Department faculty. Acceptance of the art scholarship requires that the student pursue either a major in art or art history.

Music Scholarships

These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.

Audition requirements:

  • prepare 2 memorized pieces in contrasting styles.
  • Auditions are given for voice, piano, organ, and other instruments.
  • We prefer selections from classical repertoire, but this may not always be possible.
  • Students and their current teachers should choose pieces that present the student at her best.
  • Each student will be asked to sight read a simple melody.
  • The audition includes an interview with members of the Music Department faculty and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Acceptance of the music scholarship requires that the student pursue either a major or minor in music. Students interested in music scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted.

Theatre Scholarships

These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.

Audition requirements:

  • Bring a list of theatre related experience and have a teacher mail a letter of recommendation.
  • Prepare 1 or 2 memorized monologues of one or two minutes each. The monologues should be in contrasting styles
  • Students and their current teachers should choose pieces that present the student at her best.
  • The director will work briefly with the student on selections of the monologue in order to assess her ability to take direction.
  • The student who is interested exclusively in technical theatre may choose not to prepare an acting audition, but to submit a portfolio of materials demonstrating her talents and experiences in technical theatre.

Acceptance of the theatre scholarship requires that the student pursue a minor in theatre. Students interested in theatre scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted.

Legacy Scholarship

Wesleyan offers the Legacy Scholarship, valued at $15,000 to incoming first-year students who are referred to the College by a Wesleyan Alumna.

Legacy requirements:

  • grandmother 
  • mother or step-mother
  • sister, step-sister or sister-in-law 
  • aunt of the student 
  • Not considered legacy relations: great-aunt, godmother, and cousin.

Wesleyan College reserves the right to limit scholarship funds based upon availability.

Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund 

Wesleyan College, with the generous support of the Roberto C. Goizueta Foundation, provides a varying number of scholarships to entering full-time day students who are of Latin American descent.

The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund is a merit and need-based award. Any interested student may submit an application; however, eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid Services and only eligible candidates will be considered.

United Methodist Scholarships and Student Loans

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (www.gbhem.org) of the United Methodist Church annually awards a number of scholarships to United Methodist students attending Wesleyan.

Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 per year and are for one year only. Students must complete at least the general scholarship application to receive other United Methodist funds through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from the college. 

To be eligible for a United Methodist Student Loan, an applicant must be:

  • a member of the United Methodist Church
  • a citizen of the United States
  • admitted to a degree program
  • maintain at least a C average
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships 

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is a non-profit foundation that has been helping students pay for college since 1965.

UMHEF is committed to supporting the dreams of students who want to attend college at a United Methodist college, university or seminary of their choice.

Sometimes students and parents need a little help to cover the rising costs of tuition – that's where we come in! Our scholarships help students offset those costs by awarding scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.

Each year we assist over 1,000 students with their tuition through programs such as United Methodist Dollars for Scholars. We partner with schools, United Methodist congregations and our donors to provide financial support in the amount of over $2 million annually to students all over the country. 

GBHEM Scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) provides scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students.

FEDERAL AND STATE 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. 

The FAFSA can be completed at www.studentaid.gov.

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:

  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment 
  • show evidence of financial need
  • 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 Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (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:

  • must be a United States citizen
  • resided in Georgia for at least 12 months prior to the date of registration for any particular semester 
  • 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.gafutures.org by the final date of registration.
HOPE Scholarship
Students with the following qualifications are eligible for the Hope Scholarship.

The student must:

  • Have graduated from an eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point 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.
  • 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.
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.
  • Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  • Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  • 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.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

Students may receive $4,304 per school year (fall and spring) or $2,152 per semester if enrolled full time. The HOPE scholarship is renewable for up to 127 attempted credit hours if the 3.0 cumulative HOPE 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.
  • Students may not receive HOPE and Zell Miller.
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 student may receive a subsidized loan. 
  • Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for Federal Direct Stafford Loans. The FAFSA can be completed at www.studentaid.gov.
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program
  • Under the Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program, interest accrues monthly.
  • A dependent or independent undergraduate or graduate student may receive an unsubsidized loan. 
  • Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for Federal Direct Stafford Loans. The FAFSA can be completed at www.studentaid.gov.
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 adjusted each year on July 1. Parents of dependent undergraduate students can apply for the Parent PLUS loan at www.studentaid.gov. Graduate students can apply for the Graduate PLUS loan at www.studentaid.gov.

Alternative Loans

Alternative Loans are private, credit-based loans designed to help students meet postsecondary 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. 

Students can browse and apply for a variety of alternative loans at www.elmselect.com.

QUESTIONS? Email or call our main line at (478) 757-5205, or toll-free (888) 665-5723 to speak with a financial officer.

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