Scholarships & Aid

We strive to make your education as affordable as possible. That’s why we keep our tuition at less than half the national average for small private colleges with personalized educational models. Additionally, we award merit-, need-, or talent-based institutional scholarships to more than 95 percent of our eligible students. 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

Intended to reward students who have demonstrated dedication to service, the Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship is awarded to students who have served full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or who have completed comparable humanitarian service. If you have served a Church mission or performed comparable humanitarian service, please ask your admissions director for instructions to apply.

Marriott Scholarship

The Marriott Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students who demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular accomplishment, leadership ability, and commitment to service — qualities exemplified by Richard E. Marriott and the Marriott Family in whose honor the scholarship is named. Awarded at two tiers, the Marriott Scholarship is added on top of other aid to bring your total institutional scholarship package to $7,500 or $10,000 respectively. The deadline for Fall 2020 applications is March 15, 2020.

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 the University.

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

Beyond the financial aid you receive from Southern Virginia University, there are countless private scholarship opportunities available to college students. We encourage all incoming and current students to apply for private scholarships. Ask your admissions director about how to find and apply for private scholarships.

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


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 For more information, review our Financial Policies.