Scholarships & Aid

To help make our education as affordable as possible, we award more than $5 million annually in merit-, need-, and talent-based scholarships. To apply for university scholarships and other financial aid, please review the below instructions.


University Scholarships


Academic Scholarship

Merit-based Academic Scholarships are awarded based on incoming GPA and standardized test scores. To be considered for an Academic Scholarship, you need only submit your application including transcript(s) and verification of test results.

Start Your Application


Need-based Scholarship

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant worth up to $6,345 in federal aid and/or a Need-based Scholarship from Southern Virginia University. Send us your results by selecting ‘Southern Virginia University’ from the application’s drop-down menu, or by entering our school code: 003738.

Start Your FAFSA


Talent Scholarship

Available to any student regardless of intended major, Talent Scholarships are awarded to incoming students who exhibit exceptional motivation, work ethic, and potential as artists and performers. To apply, please follow the links below.

Art + Design Scholarship Application
Esports Scholarship Application
Music Scholarship Application
Theatre Scholarship Application


Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship

We know that selfless service helps students develop important qualities like charity, determination, and work ethic. In recognition of such service, this Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship awards $1,500 annually over four years—$6,000 total—to students who have served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or performed other significant humanitarian services.

Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship Application


Refer-a-Friend Scholarship

Refer-a-Friend Scholarships are awarded to students who refer their friends as well as the friends whom they have referred. Current students can refer up to three friends and receive a $1,000 scholarship (per friend) for every year they attend together. Referred friends also receive a $1,000 scholarship during their first year at the University.

Refer Your Friends


Marriott Scholarship

Applicants for the Marriott Scholarship, our largest merit-based award, are evaluated on their commitment to academics, leadership, and service—qualities exemplified by Richard E. Marriott and the Marriott Family. With limited availability, Marriott Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Marriott Scholarship Application & Requirements


Government Aid


Federal Pell Grant

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant worth up to $6,345 in federal aid and/or a Need-based Scholarship from Southern Virginia University. Send us your results by selecting ‘Southern Virginia University’ from the application’s drop-down menu, or by entering our school code: 003738.

Submit Your FAFSA


Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant

Commonwealth of Virginia residents can apply for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) which can award up to $3,400 in state-awarded student aid.

VTAG Application


Payment Plans & Private Scholarships


Interest-free Payment Plans

To help make paying for college more affordable and convenient, we allow students to finance their education by making interest-free monthly payments. To set up an interest-free tuition payment plan, please contact Student Financial Services.

Contact Student Financial Services


Private Scholarships

In addition to university scholarships and government aid, we encourage all incoming and current students to work with Student Financial Services to identify and apply for the numerous private scholarships available to college students.

Contact Student Financial Services


Student Employment & Loans


Student Employment

Many full-time students help fund their education by working part-time on campus or in the surrounding area while enrolled. To learn more about local student-employment opportunities, please contact our Office of Career Development.

Contact Career Development


Student Loans

Responsibly and informedly borrowing student loans can be an effective way to finance your education. For instance, federally subsidized loans can be an especially helpful option since they do not accrue interest while you are enrolled in college full-time. To learn more about the student loans available to you, please contact Student Financial Services.

Contact Student Financial Services


Questions?


For more information, please review our Financial Policies. If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 540-261-8405 or student.finances@svu.edu.