Scholarships & Aid

We are here to help make your education as affordable as possible. More than 95 percent of Southern Virginia University students qualify for merit-, need-, or talent-based institutional scholarships and aid. Your admissions director and financial aid specialist can also help you find additional government or private financial aid opportunities that fit your needs.


Institutional Scholarships & Aid


Academic & Need-Based Scholarships

Academic and Need-Based Scholarships are awarded after you submit your application and FAFSA. For freshmen, academic scholarships are based on your high school GPA and standardized test scores (ACT/SAT). For transfer students, they are based on your college GPA. Need-based scholarships are determined by the information you provide on your FAFSA.

Submit Your Application
Submit Your FAFSA


Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship

The Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship is awarded automatically to all students who have honorably completed a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or comparable humanitarian service. It is intended to reward students who demonstrate maturity, leadership, and dedication to service. If you have served a mission or performed humanitarian service for at least 18 months, please ask your admissions director for instructions to apply.


Marriott Scholarship

The Marriott Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students who have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and service. This award emphasizes the attributes of the “leader-servant” as exemplified by Richard E. Marriott and the Marriott Family in whose honor the scholarship is named.

Marriott Scholarship Application


Friend Referral Scholarship

Friend Referral Scholarships are awarded both to students who refer their friends to Southern Virginia and to the friends whom they refer. Current students can refer up to three friends and receive a scholarship per friend for every year they attend together. Referred friends receive a scholarship for their first year at Southern Virginia.

Refer Your Friends


Talent Scholarships

Talent Scholarships are awarded to incoming students who exhibit exceptional motivation, work ethic, and potential as artists or performers. These scholarships are available to any student, regardless of their intended major.

Art + Design Scholarship Application
Music Scholarship Application
Theatre Scholarship Application


Government Grants & Private Scholarships


Government Grants

Federal or state government grants are awarded according to financial need and do not require any pay back. Federal grants are distributed to students based on the information they provide on their FAFSA. Commonwealth of Virginia residents can also apply for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).

Submit Your FAFSA
VTAG Application


Private Scholarships

There are countless private scholarships opportunities available to college students. To help locate these opportunities, we provide our students with unlimited access to Scholly, a powerful scholarship search engine. We encourage all incoming and current students applying for private scholarships.

Search Scholarships on Scholly


Other Financing Options


Student Employment

In addition to other forms of financial aid, many students support their education by working part-time on campus or in the surrounding area. Career Services maintains current information on student work opportunities. If you’re interested in working, ask your admissions director about job opportunities in the area.


Subsidized Loans

Borrowing funds prudently and responsibly can be a helpful way to finance your education. The federal government subsidizes some student loans that do not accrue interest until after graduation. If applicable, please discuss loan options with your financial aid specialist.


Payment Plan

Spead your tuition payments throughout the semester with an interest free monthly payment plan. For more information, please contact Student Financial Services at 540-261-8405 or student.finances@svu.edu.


Questions?


Our financial aid specialists are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 540-261-8405 or student.finances@svu.edu. For more information, review our Financial Policies.