Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Costs

Costs Per Semester
Full-time Tuition $7,650
General Housing $1,850
Meal Plan $1,700
Total $11,200

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Scholarships & Aid

Average Aid Per Semester
Scholarships & Grants $1,900
Federal Grants $2,445
State Grants $1,380
Total $5,725

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Financial Aid

Scholarships and grants are forms of aid rewarded to students based on merit or need in order to make the Southern Virginia experience more affordable.

Please use the following resources to prepare for questions and criteria common to scholarship applications:

Review Southern Virginia University’s Scholarship Policies to become familiar with regulations regarding institutional scholarships.

Scholarships for Incoming & Transfer Students

Based on academic performance and test scores prior to attending Southern Virginia University.

Amount:
  • Freshmen (less than 24 attempted college credits): Amount determined by high school GPA and ACT composite score or three-part SAT score, whichever is higher.
  • Transfer Students (24 or more attempted college credits): Amount determined by college GPA and number of credits taken.
Eligibility:
  • Incoming freshman or transfer student
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • Good academic standing
Application:

Automatically considered as students complete their application to Southern Virginia.
Contact Admissions: 540-261-8401 or admissions@svu.edu

Renewal:

Annual award, does not need to be renewed; scholarship eligibility is evaluated after the summer term to ensure that the student meets certain minimum academic performance criteria. These criteria are subject to change at any time.

Retention of academic scholarships will be based on the following scale:

Yearly Amount of Scholarship Cumulative GPA Needed to Retain Scholarship
$2,000 or less 2.00 Southern Virginia GPA
$2,000-$3,000 2.75 Southern Virginia GPA
$3,000 or more 3.00 Southern Virginia GPA

Recognizes excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership and service.

About:
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 the award’s primary benefactors, Richard E. Marriott and the Marriott Family.
Amount:
$10,000 annually (supersedes and replaces all other institutional aid)
Eligibility:

Freshmen:

  • 3.80+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale
  • 1860 combined score on SAT or 28 composite score on ACT
  • or
  • 3.60+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale
  • 1980 combined score on SAT or 30 composite score on ACT

Transfer students:

  • 3.80+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale, minimum 24 attempted credit hours
  • Students may also be asked to provide high school information

Students with GED, homeschooled and/or without accredited high school transcript:

  • Contact an admissions advisor for eligibility requirements
Application:
  1. Complete the Marriott Scholarship Application
    • Print and complete the Marriott Scholarship Application
    • Mail the completed application to:
    • Southern Virginia University Admissions
      One University Hill Drive
      Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
  2. Submit a Letter of Recommendation
    • Download and print the Letter of Recommendation Form
    • Complete the “To the Applicant” portion
    • Give the entire Letter of Recommendation Form and an addressed and stamped envelope to the recommender. Address the envelope to:
    • Southern Virginia University Admissions
      One University Hill Drive
      Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
    • Ask the recommender to mail the completed form and letter
Deadline:
  • May 31 for Fall Semester
  • December 1 for Spring Semester
Note: Marriott Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis beginning as early as January for Fall semester and September for Spring semester. Depending on the number of recipients, the scholarships may be exhausted prior to the final application deadline. Qualified candidates should submit their applications as early as possible.
Renewal:
Annual award, does not need to be renewed; however, scholarship eligibility is evaluated after the summer term to ensure that the student meets certain minimum academic performance criteria. Currently, Marriott Scholars must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. These criteria are subject to change at any time.

This scholarship recognizes an incoming Southern Virginia student who has exhibited exceptional ability in the area of leadership, particularly in association with student government or other leadership activities.

About:
The Leadership Scholarship is funded by the Southern Virginia Student Association (SVSA). They seek to recognize incoming student leaders and help them to grow to become true leader-servants.
Amount:
A yearly award of $500, if scholarship eligibility criteria are met each year.
Eligibility:
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities during your high school career
  • Include a letter of recommendation from an advisor or mentor
  • Be an incoming freshman or transfer student to Southern Virginia.
Application:
Deadline:

March 1

Renewal:

Is automatic if awardees meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full time student
  • Show active participation in the Student Association, either in holding an office or serving on two committees
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5

Institutional Grants

Awarded to students who have honorably completed a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or other comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service.

About:

The Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Grant is intended to attract and retain quality students who demonstrate maturity, spirituality, leadership and dedication to service.

Amount:
$1,500
Eligibility:
  • Honorably complete a full-time LDS mission or other comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service
  • Comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service requires at least 18 months of service.
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at Southern Virginia
  • Comply with the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
Application:
Automatically considered for all returned missionaries who complete a Southern Virginia Financial Aid Application and verified by an appropriately completed and signed Ecclesiastical Endorsement. Students who wish to be considered for this grant based on other forms of service, such as non-LDS missionary work or other humanitarian service, may need to submit a description of their service and official verification from the organization through which the service was performed. To apply or to request more information, contact the Office of Admissions
Renewal:
Annual award, does not need to be renewed

Awarded to students with exceptional ability in the fine and performing arts and/or leadership or service areas.

Amount:
Dependent upon talent assessment and financial need
Eligibility:
Application:
  1. Contact the appropriate faculty member who will provide the specific grant application material required for consideration
  2. Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit grant application materials to the Admissions Office (may include artwork, a portfolio and/or a CD/DVD or tape in addition to narratives and recommendation letters)*
*An audition or tryout can be arranged in lieu of submitting the grant application recordings.
Renewal:
Awardee does not have to apply each year. Once awarded, student will retain the grant if they continue to make a significant contribution to fine/performing art activities or student government.

Awarded to Southern Virginia University faculty, staff and their dependents.

About
To support its faculty, staff and their dependents as they complete their education, Southern Virginia University offers an Employee Tuition Grant (ETG) to full-time employees, their spouses, and children who are enrolled at Southern Virginia.

For complete information and guidelines about the ETG, including eligibility and amounts, please refer to the employee handbook.

Eligibility
Stated in the Southern Virginia University employee handbook
Application:
  1. Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed ETG Application form to Student Financial Services
  2. File the FAFSA each year or provide documentation as to family income, size and number in college to demonstrate that the family is not Pell eligible
  3. Complete a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) application by July 31st for any available state grant assistance
After step one is completed and the employment criteria are met, a base amount of ETG will be applied to the student’s award. This amount is calculated on the level of enrollment charges less the full value of any federal Pell grant and/or state VTAG for which the student might be eligible.

Steps two and three must be completed to establish eligibility for federal or state aid (or lack thereof) in order for remaining eligibility for ETG to be calculated. If the student fails to complete these steps by the deadlines for any reason, resulting in a decreased value of Federal or State Grants, the difference will be the student’s responsibility to pay to Student Financial Services.

Renewal
Must be renewed annually

Government Grants

Need-based grant awarded by the federal government.

As with all federal aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to qualify for a federal grant or loan.

Amount:

$602-$5,730 determined by U.S. Department of Education; amount varies depending on the student’s enrollment status*

*Pell Grant funds will be credited to your account and will be used to pay any debts owed to the university first. Any remaining credit balance will be disbursed to the student.

Eligibility:
Application:
Automatically considered with your FAFSA and Southern Virginia Financial Aid Application
Deadline:
FAFSA should be filed by May 15 each year
Renewal:
Dependent upon FAFSA results each year

(VTAG) Funded by the Virginia state government; awarded to students who are residents of Virginia.

Amount:
Amount depends on funding allocated by the General Assembly. The estimated award for 2014-2015 is $3,100.

Note: VTAG is estimated and subject to change during the academic year by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) based on annual budget levels and any shortages that arise at the state level. Any shortage will be passed through to the student.*

Eligibility:
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • You must be a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year.
Application:
  • Complete the VTAG Application (PDF)
  • Print and manually sign the application
  • Mail, email, fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed application to Student Financial Services
Note: FAFSA not required
Deadline:
  • July 31 for Fall Semester
  • Students should continue to apply between July 31 and December 1, but funding is not guaranteed by SCHEV
Renewal:
Renewed automatically for up to eight semesters

*Virginia Tuition Assistance Grants will be applied to tuition charges before any Southern Virginia institutional aid is applied.

Scholarships for Current & Returning Students

This scholarship recognizes the student who best lives in accordance with the ten ideals of Cowboy/Cowgirl Ethics.

About:
The Cowboy/Cowgirl Ethics Scholarship was established by Glade Knight to award the student who best lives in accordance with the following ideals:
  • Live Each Day With Courage
  • Take Pride In Your Work
  • Always Finish What You Start
  • Do What Has To Be Done
  • Be Tough, But Fair
  • When You Make A Promise, Keep It
  • Ride for the Brand
  • Talk Less And Say More
  • Remember That Some Things Aren’t For Sale
  • Know Where To Draw The Line
Amount:
One-time award of $1000 for the next academic year. Awardee will also receive custom-made, Southern Virginia University cowboy/cowgirl boots and an all-expense paid trip to the Virginia or Texas ranch of Glade Knight, Southern Virginia University’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Eligibility:
  • Demonstrate the ten cowboy/cowgirl ideals
  • Attend Southern Virginia University the year before being nominated (have earned at least 26 Southern Virginia credits)
  • Be a rising junior or senior and intent to graduate from Southern Virginia
  • Be nominated by a faculty member, staff member, other student, or yourself
Application:
Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-266-3840), or turn in the completed Cowboy/Cowgirl Ethics Scholarship Nomination Form to Student Financial Services (Room 215, Main Hall).
Deadline:
March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply each year to be considered for a subsequent year

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The Donna Hadley Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.
Amount:
Up to $1,250 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Donna Hadley Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Awarded to a student exhibiting the best entrepreneurial plan for an existing or new concern.

About:
The Gardner H. Russell Entrepreneurial Scholarship is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University student who have excelled in their business and educational pursuits.
Amount:
Up to $1,500
Eligibility:
  • Be in good academic standing demonstrated by maintaining a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Have already earned at least 24 Southern Virginia credits
  • Commit to graduate from Southern Virginia University
  • Be willing to abide by the Southern Virginia University code of honor
  • Be someone who has demonstrated some level of interest and/or performance in the area of starting and having their own business. This could be someone who has owned or operated their own business or has expressed a strong desire to do so.
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The J. Thomas Smith scholarship is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life, such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. The award emphasizes the concept of the leader-servant as epitomized by the benefactors of the award, J. Thomas and Anne Smith.
Amount:
$500-$2,000 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Complete 30 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain cumulative 2.7 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of the leader-servant
  • Complete at least one Institute class during the year
Application:
Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed J.Thomas Smith Scholarship Application (PDF) to Student Financial Services
Deadline:
March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The JL Racey Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.
Amount:
Up to $1,000 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the JL Racey Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate work leading up to a career in medicine, nursing, or health care.

About:
The Jason and Kristen Kerr Health Care Scholarship is established to recognize a rising Southern Virginia University junior or senior preparing for further study in the medical and/or nursing fields. The applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a financial need.
Amount:
Up to $2,500 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Rising Southern Virginia senior
  • Enrolled in Institute
  • Live within the standards of the code of honor
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • Selected a major that serves as a prerequisite for graduate studies in the medical and/or nursing fields
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • Include a letter that describes why you chose your major and what your plans are to incorporate your studies and talents into your career in medicine, nursing or health care (max. two-page double-spaced)
  • Submit a letter of reference from a current faculty member in your major
Application:
Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed Jason & Kristen Kerr Health Care Scholarship Application to Student Financial Services
Deadline:
March 1
Renewal:
Awarded for one year only; students must reapply each year.

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The Margaret Durham Robey Scholarship is named for a long-time and much-honored president of Southern Seminary and Junior College, who guided the school through the period of its greatest growth and development. Mrs. Robey, who was married to H. Russell Robey, was an instructor at the school from 1919 to 1942, president from 1942 to 1969 and president emeriti from 1969 to 1984. This scholarship recognizes a student who displays academic merit, leadership and service to Southern Virginia University.
Amount:
Up to $750 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Margaret Durham Robey Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Awarded to a student majoring in Business Management & Leadership.

Amount:
Up to $2,500 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Business & Management Leadership Major
  • Completed one year at Southern Virginia or honorably completed a full-time mission
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Uphold and live the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
  • Enrolled in Institute
Application:
  • Complete the Melvin Jones Memorial Scholarship Application
  • Include a letter that describes why you chose your major and what your plans are to incorporate your studies and talents into your career (max. two-page double-spaced)
  • Include a letter of recommendation from a business faculty member
  • Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed application to Student Financial Services
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awarded for one year only; students must reapply each year.

For upperclassmen involved in the fine and performing arts.

About:
Sponsored by Ron and Linda Jones, the scholarship is awarded to art, music, and/or theatre majors.
Amount:
Up to $2,000 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Rising junior or senior majoring in fine or performing arts.
  • Live within the honor and dress code standards
  • Be enrolled in Institute
  • Cumulative GPA is at least 3.0
Application:
  • Complete the Meridyth Kidd Memorial Scholarship Application
  • Art majors: prepare a portfolio of 10-15 sketches or paintings (will be returned)
  • Music and theatre majors: prepare a performance video or CD (max. ten minutes)
  • Include essay stating why you chose to major in art, music or theatre and how you plan to incorporate your talents into your future career (max. two pages double-spaced)
  • Provide a statement of endorsement and perspective overview from an appropriate fine arts faculty member
  • Verify GPA, current class, and whether you are a returning or transfer student
  • Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed application to Student Financial Services
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awarded for one year only; students must reapply each year.

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The Pauline Mittle Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.
Amount:
Up to $1,250 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Pauline Mittle Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Assists students participating in Summer I or II travel study programs.

About:
The Provost Travel Study Scholarship program is established to recognize Southern Virginia University students who demonstrate that travel study abroad will further their academic, career, or life goals.
Amount:
$500-$1,000
Eligibility:
  • Submit an Intent to Travel via MySVU for a Summer I or Summer II Travel Study Program
  • Paid a $200 deposit toward a Summer I or Summer II Travel Study Program
  • Must be in good standing with the university and not be on academic or student life probation
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Provost Travel Study Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received this award.

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The Ron and Linda Jones Family Foundation Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.
Amount:
Up to $2,500 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Completed 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia or completed a full-time mission
  • Enrolled in Institute
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • Include a letter that describes why you chose your major and what your plans are to incorporate your studies and talents into your career (max. two-page double-spaced)
  • Submit a letter of reference from a current faculty member or senior administrator
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Ron and Linda Jones Family Foundation Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awarded for one year only; students must reapply each year.

Recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate work leading up to a career in information technology and/or Internet marketing.

About:
The Ron L. Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is established to recognize a rising Southern Virginia University junior or senior preparing for further study in the information technology and/or Internet marketing fields. The applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a financial need.
Amount:
Up to $2,000 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Rising Southern Virginia junior or senior
  • Enrolled in Institute
  • Live within the honor and dress code standards
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • Selected a major that serves as a prerequisite for graduate studies in the information technology and/or Internet marketing fields
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • Include a letter that describes why you chose your major and what your plans are to incorporate your studies and talents into your career in information technology and/or Internet marketing (max. two-page double-spaced)
  • Submit a letter of reference from a current faculty member in your major
Application:
Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit your completed Ron L. Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Application to Student Financial Services
Deadline:
March 1
Renewal:
Awarded for one year only; students must reapply each year.

Recognizes Virginia residents who excel in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:
The Virginia Collegium program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. This award is made possible through the tireless efforts of the Virginia College Fund, an independent organization serving the needs of the private colleges throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Amount:
Up to $1,500 (annually)
Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Virginia Collegium Scholarship are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a Virginia resident to apply
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Established in July 2014 through the generosity of Herbert Waterfield. This scholarship is intended to be a tuition only scholarship to support students at Southern Virginia University who have lived in foster care after their 14th birthday. This scholarship is renewable on a semester basis until the completion of their undergraduate degree.

Amount:
$750
Eligibility:
  • Lived in foster care after your 14th birthday
  • Full-time student (taking at least 12 credits each semester)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Reside on campus
  • Earned at least 12 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Abides by the Southern Virginia Code of Honor and other campus living standards
  • Attends classes regularly
  • Meets all financial obligations with the university
Application:
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

Non-Institutional Scholarships

Citrix ShareFile will award $10,000 in scholarship awards to the top three students who submit the best essays. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, including ShareFile founder Jesse Lipson.

1st Place – $5,000
2nd Place – $3,000
3rd Place – $2,000

DEADLINE:
Submissions are due by December 1st, 2016. Winners will be announced in early January 2017.

ESSAY PROMPT: Can entrepreneurship be taught? How can colleges better promote and teach entrepreneurship?

APPLICATION TIPS: Essays should be 600-1000 words. Be creative, use proper grammar, check your spelling and most importantly – be yourself!

More info at https://www.sharefile.com/scholarship

The Account Control Technology Foundation will award 25 $1,000 scholarships to college sophomores. For more information and to apply, visit the ACT Foundation website. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2013.

Adam Kutner’s “Helping Future Lawyers” Scholarship program awards $2,500 to students pursuing a law related career path. For more information and to apply, visit www.askadamskutner.com/adam-kutner-scholarship-program. Deadline to apply is September 15.

The Apartment List Scholarship will award a scholarship of $2,500 to any legal U.S. resident in high school or college at least eighteen (18) years old who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall of the upcoming school year. For more information and to apply, visit the Apartment List website. Deadline to apply for the Winter Semester is December 1. The deadline for Fall is September 1.

Five $1000 scholarships are available to students enrolled in gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration. Deadline April 15. This will be the due date every year. Essay topic and details found www.aplaceformom.com/scholarship

At the Atlanta law firm of Boling Rice, LLC, our attorneys understand the value of education as well as the often significant costs associated with obtaining one. As attorneys, we are well aware of the financial strain that tuition, books, parking, and other educational expenses can put on both students and families. We value helping people who show promise and initiative, and for this purpose are pleased to be offering a $1,000 yearly scholarship to help students meet their financial needs. Deadline March 1st. For more information, go to http://www.bolingriceatlanta.com/scholarship/

Applications are due by Dec. 1 for winter semesters and July 1 for fall semesters. For more information, visit http://www.bookoo.com/scholarships

Buildium gives away one $2,500 prize each semester to the product design, interaction design, engineering, or computer science student who best explains how having a shared set of beliefs is important for building a great company.

About:
You have 1,000 words. Keep it short and sweet, but make it powerful and compelling. Then email your essay to scholarship@buildium.com. Buildium will read all the essays and pick the one that best exemplifies how shared beliefs can build a better company.
Scholarship Details:
  • Two $2,500 cash scholarships will be awarded.
  • One scholarship will be awarded in the fall, another in the spring.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of members of the Buildium Marketing team, with input from other teams. The decision of the committee will be based on originality and quality of writing.
Scholarship Requirements:
  • College or university student in good standing at an accredited public or private university. (Please attach a copy of your unofficial transcript to your email in PDF format for verification.)
  • Must be enrolled in a Product Design, Interaction Design, Engineering, or Computer Science program.
  • Student must be at least 18 years of age.
  • One entry per student per semester.
  • Please submit through email. The subject line should read “Scholarship Essay” and students should include their first and last name, email address, and phone number.
  • Please use an easily legible font such as Arial, Times New Roman, etc.
  • Someone already wrote War and Peace. Please keep it to 1,000 words.
Deadline:
  • October 30 (fall) and April 1 (spring).
  • Winners will be notified via email by October 31 and April 30.

For more information visit Buildium.com.

The Richmond Chapter will be awarding scholarships in 2016 to high school seniors who demonstrate academic scholarship, leadership, positive community or religious service and financial need. Visit the website for more information and application procedures.

Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you’re living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctors appointments — we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America’s leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge.

Caring.com is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives. Submit your story though a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video telling us about your journey.

Please visit https://www.caring.com/scholarship for more information.

Available to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming residents.

About
Bill Daniels had a passion for investing in deserving students to help them obtain a college education. The Daniels Scholarship carries on this legacy by offering scholarship funding to deserving students who are at risk of not being able to afford a college education.
Amount:
Varies
Eligibility:
  • Current high school student with an expected graduation during the current academic school year from any high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • Current resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • At the time of application, be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S., or have refugee or asylum status in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Take the ACT by the October test date and achieve an exam composite score of 17 or higher, or take the SAT by the October test date and achieve a combined math and verbal score of 810 or higher
Application:
  • Be nominated by a designated Referral Agency—an organization serving high schools and youth responsible for finding and nominating eligible candidates who fit the Daniels Scholarship criteria*
  • All candidates must go through an application process in which they are evaluated on strength of character, academic promise, leadership potential, potential to contribute to one’s community and well-rounded personality
*A listing of Referral Agencies is available at Daniels Scholarship Referral Agencies.
Renewal:
Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

For more information, please visit the Daniels Fund website.

Absolute Dental, one of the largest dental companies in Las Vegas, awards $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in dentistry or a related field. Submissions are due September 15.

Please visit www.absolutedental.com/dentists-scholarship-program/ for more information.

In an effort to help other aspiring young students realize their dream of obtaining a college degree, the Dickson Law Group is pleased to announce the creation of an annual $1,000 scholarship available to current college students or those planning on attending a college or university in the fall of the upcoming school year.

Please visit www.dicksonlegal.com/scholarship for more information.

MilitaryVALoan.com offers a $1000 dollar scholarship to prospective or current college student. Applicants must submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great.

Amount:
$1000
Eligibility:
  • Prospective or current student at least 17 years old
  • 3.0 GPA based on the previous year’s academic performance
Application:
Deadline:
January 19

Please visit MilitaryVALoan.com for more information.

This scholarship offered by Shift Insurance is available to all full time students. It is awarded based on a written response of between 750 and 1000 words to a prompt about experiences as a driver or passenger.

About:
Take a moment to think about your most memorable experiences — both good and bad — as a driver or as a passenger. Whether or not you noticed it at the time, they probably helped you learn something about yourself, others, or life in general. Shift Insurance is offering the Drive to Learn scholarship to honor the learning done in and outside of classroom walls.
Amount:
$1000
Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits).
  • U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
Application:
Follow the instructions at the Shift Insurance website to apply.
Deadline:
July 1, 2016

Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. is offering $2,500 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolling in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) programs. Up to 750 awards will be granted to qualified students from across the country. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Visit scholarsapply.org/greatlakes for more information and to apply.

HomeAdvisor is challenging students to break new ground in green home improvement by offering a scholarship every year to one student. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay.

The application deadline is December 15th. For information, visit http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/scholarships

Recognizes worthy Latter-day Saints who demonstrate a commitment to serve others through education.

About
Founded and funded by Florence S. and Ted C. Jacobsen, the Jacobsen Scholarship Fund is intended to assist worthy Latter-day Saint students who are citizens of the United States and demonstrate a need for assistance and a commitment to serve others through education.
Amount:
Varies
Eligibility:
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing
Application:
Deadline:
May 31
Renewal:
Although the Foundation does offer renewal scholarships, renewal is not guaranteed. Students who receive a Jacobsen Fund Scholarship must reapply for additional scholarships using the Renewal Application.

At Levin Injury Firm we value education and helping those in need. We also understand that school can be a significant expense and know how hard it can be for students and their families to make ends meet. In an effort to make things a little easier for students and their families, we are pleased to be offering two yearly $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future. The deadline for entries is January 31. For more information visit http://www.levininjuryfirm.com/scholarship/

A national scholarship program for high achieving college students interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open to students of African American, Asian / Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent.
  • Must show proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency with a permanent resident card of passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Plan to attend a degree-seeking program, full-time at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam
  • Will be entering sophomore, junior, senior or 5th-year senior year at an accredited college or university
  • Students of all majors will be considered
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate:
    – An interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry
    – Leadership and participation in extracurricular activities
  • Must apply for federal financial aid

The application deadline is March 31. Apply online at: www.act.org/massmutual.

A comprehensive guide to education benefits for active-duty service members, reservists and veterans. Visit http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/military-education-resources for more information.

Remote DBA is a computer software and services company that is committed to fostering interest in the study of databases and data science. They are offering this scholarship award to current and incoming college students pursuing studies in computer science or computer engineering. Applicants will be required to write an essay and create an infographic. All submissions must be completed before March 15. For more information, visit the Remote DBA website.

The Levy Production Group, the largest video production and post-production facility in Las Vegas, awards $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in video production. All submissions must be completed before September 15. For more information, visit www.levyproductiongroup.com/video-production-scholarship.

The Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation Scholarship is intended to help defray the costs of obtaining a college education for deserving students. Scholars are selected based on academic ability and goals, community involvement, work experience, financial need, recommendations, and a student essay.

A Scholarship of at least $1,000 will be offered to student(s) planning to attend or currently attending one of the universities listed below. The award amount may vary by individual, based on the cost of attendance, financial need, as well as other resources available to the student. Scholarships will be annual grants and are not guaranteed from one application period to the next.

Amount:
Minimum of $1,000
Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in the next calendar year at one of the schools listed below.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree on a full-time basis.
  • Scholarship is renewable up to four times or until undergraduate degree has been achieved, whichever occurs first.
  • Student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and abide by the scholarship agreement.
Application:
  • Apply online at remnpmfoundation.org.
  • Each applicant must supply two letters of recommendation, a current academic transcript and a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Each applicant must also submit a typed essay of no more than 500 words. (See application for essay topic.)If selected as a semi-finalist, applicant must be available for an interview.
  • Scholarship applicants may be asked to provide additional information.
Deadline:
March 15

Available to Southern Virginia students through a partnership with the Virginia Military Institute.

Amount:
  • Covers 100 percent of tuition and fees at Southern Virginia
  • $1000 annually for books
  • $300 to $500 stipend per school month for living expenses
Eligibility:
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above
  • Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Be medically qualified
Application:
Contact Mr. Thomas Atkinson at 540-464-7680
Renewal:
Annual award, does not need to be renewed.

Available to Virginia residents attending selected schools in Virginia through SunTrust Bank on behalf of the Blount, Meiler & Rush Scholarship Funds.

Amount:
Scholarship Amount varies from year to year with an average amount of $1500.
Eligibility:
  • Be a resident of Virginia or Maine
  • Be an accepted or enrolled full-time student at Southern Virgina University
  • Demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA for freshmen, at least a 3.25 for sophomores, juniors and seniors
Application
Deadline:
July 23
Renewal:
Awardees must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for Visual Arts Fellowships.

Fellowships

VMFA is now accepting applications for the following fellowships:

  • $8,000 Professional Artists
  • $6,000 Graduate Students in Visual Arts and Art History
  • $4,000 Undergraduate Students in Visual Arts (includes college-bound high school seniors)

The application deadline is November 7. Visit www.vmfa.museum/fellowships for details about eligibility criteria and an application.

Loans

A loan is a financial aid award that must be repaid with interest. Be sure to plan your finances carefully and borrow only what you can afford to repay.

As with all federal aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to qualify for a federal grant or loan. (Please note that all loans are subject to origination fees.)

Fixed-rate federal student loans offered by the U.S. Department of Education to students who are enrolled at least half time and pursing a degree.

Subsidized Loans:
Need-based loans for which the federal government pays the accrued interest while the student is enrolled at least half time (6 credits) and is pursing a degree.
Unsubsidized Loans:
Loans for which the student must pay the interest accrued while enrolled in school. Since these are not need-based loans, any student who completes a FAFSA for the current academic year may apply for an unsubsidized loan. Students have the option to pay the interest while they are in school or defer payment until after graduation.
Amount:

The maximum amount students can borrow depends on their status and the number of credits they have earned.

Freshman (0-26 credits)
Subsidized: $3500
Dependent* Subsidized: $2000
Independent* Subsidized: $6000

Sophomore (27-56 credits)
Subsidized: $4500
Dependent* Subsidized: $2000
Independent* Subsidized: $6000

Junior (57-87 credits)
Subsidized: $5500
Dependent* Subsidized: $2000
Independent* Subsidized: $7000

Senior (88+ credits)
Subsidized: $5500
Dependent* Subsidized: $2000
Independent* Subsidized: $7000

*Independent students are defined as meeting at least one of the following requirements:

  • At least 24-years old
  • Married
  • Have a dependent for which you provide more than fifty percent of their support
  • Have a parent that was denied application for a parent PLUS loan
Interest:
  • 3.86 percent for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans with a first disbursement on or after July 1, 2013
Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits
  • Demonstrate financial need (subsidized loans only)
Application:
  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Receive the Financial Aid Award Letter detailing eligibility to apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan
  3. Complete online loan entrance counseling and Master Promissory note (MPN)* (Online)
*Federal Student Aid PIN used on the FAFSA is required to log in and sign the MPN
Deadline:
Priority is given to students who have their loans processed by these dates:
  • July 1 for full-year and Fall Semester
  • December 1 for Spring Semester
  • May 1 for Summer Semester
Renewal:
The Direct Loan Entrance Counseling is valid for the duration of the student’s enrollment at Southern Virginia.
Graduating/Leaving Southern Virginia:
Complete Loan Exit Counseling (Online)

Fixed-interest federal loan disbursed by the U.S. Department of Education for parents of dependent students.

Amount:
Up to the total cost of attendance at Southern Virginia University minus any other aid
Interest:
6.41 percent fixed
Eligibility:
  • Borrower must be the biological or adoptive parent of the student
  • Borrower and student must be U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens
  • Borrower must pass credit check for approval
  • Dependent student must be enrolled in at least 6 credits and pursuing a degree
Note: The PLUS Loan is not a need-based loan, so any parent with a dependent student may apply.
Application:
To be completed by the parent:
*If the borrower selects “maximum amount,” Student Financial Services will contact the borrower to verify the loan amount. Once confirmation is received the loan will be processed.
Deadline:
Priority is given to students who have their loans processed by these dates:
  • July 1 for full-year and Fall Semester
  • December 1 for Spring Semester
  • May 1 for Summer Semester
Renewal:
Parents must re-apply each academic year

Available through lenders whose loans are unassociated with any federal student loan program. Students are strongly encouraged to exhaust all other alternatives before applying for an private loan.

Amount:
  • Minimum loan amounts range from $500 to $1,000 depending on the lender
  • Maximum loan amounts cannot exceed the cost of attendance after subtracting all other financial aid.
Interest:
  • Varies by lender (several options are available for fixed and variable rates)
  • Determined by credit score
  • Each lender has a different cap on their interest rate
  • Interest usually accrues while the student is in school
Eligibility:
  • Enrolled in school
  • Borrower must be a U.S. Citizen, eligible non-citizen, or international student with a U.S. Citizen Cosigner
  • Both eligible non-citizens and international students must have a current address in the United States
Application:
Before applying for a private loan be sure to:
  • File the FAFSA for possible federal aid
  • Consider applying for Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans and Parent PLUS loans
  • Apply for the VTAG if a Virginia resident
  • Apply for outside scholarships
  • Research and compare benefits of each loan
Application Process:
  1. Determine loan amount (the maximum amount you can borrow is the cost of attendance after subtracting all other financial aid)
  2. Go to FASTChoice to compare lenders and loan benefits and terms
  3. Select a lender and complete the lender’s online application and promissory note
  4. Provide all necessary information to lender
    • All lenders require a self-certification form, which they provide (to complete the form you will need the average cost of attendance, which is $28,600)
    • May include proof of identity or income
Note: Southern Virginia will process any private loan application, including loans from lenders not included on FASTChoice. If you choose not to borrow from one of these lenders, please provide Student Financial Services with the name and phone number of the lender, the amount you requested, and whether the loan is for a particular semester.
Deadline:
Due to recent federal regulations regarding application processing, students will need to respond to all of their requests immediately and allow at least four weeks for the processing to occur.
Renewal:
Students must re-apply each academic year.
Repayment:
As each lender has various options for repayment, ensure that your information is up-to-date by frequently viewing their websites.

Student Employment

On top of other aid, many Southern Virginia students earn money for school and living expenses by working part time on campus.

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Contact Financial Services

If at any time you have questions about financial aid, your student account, etc., please feel free to contact Student Financial Services. Our friendly staff is anxious and ready to help in any way we can.

Our office is located on the 2nd floor of Main Hall in Main 215.

Student Financial Services
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Phone: 540-261-8405
Fax: 540-266-3840

student.finances@svu.edu