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

Financial Aid

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

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

Scholarships for Incoming Students

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

  • 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.
  • Incoming freshman or transfer student
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • Good academic standing

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


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.

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.
$10,000. The Marriott scholarship replaces all other scholarships awarded by Southern Virginia University.


  • 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
  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
  • 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.
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.

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.
A yearly award of $500, if scholarship eligibility criteria are met each year.
  • 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.

March 1


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

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.


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

  • 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
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
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.

Dependent upon talent assessment and financial need
Learn more about talent scholarships:

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

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.

Stated in the Southern Virginia University employee handbook
  1. Mail, email (, 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.

Must be renewed annually

Government Grants and Private Scholarships

As you develop a college payment plan, sources of external financial aid are crucial — especially government and state funds such as Pell Grants and VTAG. Make sure to apply for private scholarships as well.

View External Aid 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. Student job openings are listed on the mysvu.

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