Scholarships & Aid

Your first resource in paying for college is financial aid. Southern Virginia scholarships are awards that we offer our students. You can also receive financial aid from government or other private institutions.

There may be Southern Virginia scholarships that are not listed below. Be sure to ask your admissions director about other financial aid opportunities that apply to you.

Southern Virginia Scholarships

Academic & Need-Based Scholarships

Academic & Need-Based Scholarships are awarded automatically after you submit an application and FAFSA. For freshmen, academic scholarships are based on your high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. For transfer students, they are based on your college GPA. Need-based scholarships are determined with information from 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 LDS mission. It is intended to attract and retain quality students who demonstrate maturity, spirituality, leadership, and dedication to service. If you have completed other comparable missionary or humanitarian service for at least 18 months, ask your admissions director for instructions to apply.

Marriott Scholarship

The Marriott Scholar program is the most prestigious scholarship offered at Southern Virginia University, recognizing 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

Talent Development Scholarships

Talent Development Scholarships are awarded to applying students who exhibit exceptional work ethic and potential for growth 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

Other Financial Aid

Government Grants

Grants are awards from the Federal or State government that do not have to be paid back. They are awarded according to financial need. Federal grants are distributed to students based on information from the FAFSA. Residents of Virginia can also apply for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).

Submit Your FAFSA
VTAG Application

Private Scholarships

There are countless private scholarships opportunities for college students. Southern Virginia has purchased access to Scholly, a powerful scholarship search engine, for all potential Southern Virginia students. We encourage all current and incoming students to spend time finding and applying for scholarships.

Search Scholarships on Scholly

Other Financing Options

Student Employment

In addition to other forms of aid, many Southern Virginia students support their education by working part-time on campus and in the surrounding area. The Personal & Career Development office maintains up-to-date information on job opportunities for students. If you’re interested, ask your admissions director about job opportunities in the area.

Payment Plans

Rather than paying your remaining balance all up front, you can spread the cost into more manageable interest-free payments made monthly throughout the semester. Ask your admissions director for more information or contact Student Financial Services at or 540-261-8405 to set up a payment plan.

Subsidized Loans

Borrowing funds prudently and responsibly can be a helpful tool to pay off any remaining balance not covered by financial aid or savings. The federal government subsidizes some student loans so that they do not accrue interest until after you graduate. You can discuss your options for receiving subsidized loans with your admissions director.


Paying for college can be complicated. That’s why our financial aid specialists are here to help you every step of the way. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Student Financial Services at or 540-261-8405. You can also read the Financial Policies for more information.