Scholarships

Make all those high school accomplishments count. Check out our scholarship offerings for class of 2016 incoming freshmen and transfers at Spring Arbor University. The list below includes scholarships through Spring Arbor University, as well as the federal government and state government. To learn more about the financial aid offered at the state level, visit the Michigan student financial aid website. Learn about federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education by visiting www.studentaid.ed.gov.

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Additional Freshman SAU Scholarships

Additional Freshman SAU Scholarships

These scholarships are available for freshmen students who are starting on the Main Campus.

Scholarships:

National Merit Scholarship – 100% or 60% of tuition finalist/semifinalist; students must be full-time; overload credits are not covered*

You’re eligible if you’re a National Merit Scholarship Finalist/Semifinalist, entering SAU the same year you graduated high school; two finalists selected for full tuition. To apply submit copy of National Merit status (finalist certificate or semifinalist confirmation).


Multicultural Leadership Scholarship – $3000 per year.

You’re eligible if you’re an American minority student demonstrating interest in advancement of minorities in American society, and admitted to SAU with completed MLS application and essay by Feb. 15. Apply


E.P. Hart Honors Program Scholarship – $500

You’re eligible with a high school of GPA: 3.6 and comp ACT of 27 or SAT equivalent and accepted into the Honors program early (apply by Jan. 31). You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.6 and annual honors participation standards. Apply


Art Scholarships – Award amount varies

You’re eligible if you’re a new freshman art major, and submit a portfolio and application to the SAU Art Department. Apply


Music Scholarship – Award amount varies.

You’re eligible if you’re a music major, minor or participant in SAU musical ensemble, and audition with the SAU Music Department by January.


Athletic Scholarship – Award amount varies *

Your eligibility is considered based on your leadership, academic standing, sportsmanship, respect for authority, competitive spirit and athletic ability. This scholarship precludes all other forms of SAU aid other than academic scholarships. Apply


Grants:

Free Methodist Church Matching Grant – Maximum of $2,000 per year, matched dollar for dollar.

You’re eligible as a Free Methodist student whose home church provides a scholarship on the your behalf. Contact the SAU office of Financial Aid for appropriate form.


Diversity Grant – $1,500 per year

You’re eligible if you’re an American minority student who applied for but did not receive the Multicultural Scholarship, and have been admitted to SAU and completed the Multicultural Leadership application and essay by Feb. 15. Apply


SAU Grant – Amount Varies

You’re eligible if you demonstrate a significant level of unmet need based on the FAFSA information. Award amount varies based on unmet need. Apply through submission of FAFSA.


Discounts:

Free Methodist Ministerial/ Missionary Discount – Between 35% and 60% of tuition*

You’re eligible if you’re a Free Methodist ministerial student, minister, missionary or dependent, and can provide documentation upon request. No application required, documentation may be requested.

NOTES: Students who participate in a non-SAU semester-long, off-campus study program will forfeit all institutional aid for that semester. To replace a portion of the forfeited aid, students may apply for aid from a Spring Arbor University external studies fund. Details on the fund and an application are available from the Cross Cultural Studies Office.

*This discount ensures a minimum 35% tuition discount and a maximum of 60% when considering all grants and scholarships from SAU.

Private Donors and Lenders

Financial aid from private parties usually takes the form of scholarships and grants that businesses, organizations or donors established to honor local students. Be it the Rotary or Lions Club, an area bank or hospital, or a wealthy citizen, you can be eligible for these by entering a certain field of study, attending a certain college or university, participating in certain extracurricular activities or graduating with a certain GPA. Loans might come from a bank or relative.

NOTES: Students who participate in a non-SAU semester-long, off-campus study program will forfeit all institutional aid for that semester. To replace a portion of the forfeited aid, students may apply for aid from a Spring Arbor University external studies fund. Details on the fund and an application are available from the Cross Cultural Studies Office.

*Due to athletic scholarship agreement conditions, these are the only institutional scholarships available for students receiving an athletic scholarship.

**This discount ensures a minimum of 35% tuition discount and a maximum of 60% when considering all grants and scholarships from SAU.

Transfer SAU Scholarships

Transfer SAU Scholarships

As a transfer student, you know what it takes to be successful in college, and your hard work can really pay off when you come to Spring Arbor University. We have the following scholarships and award levels available to transfer students who attend the Main Campus.

Dean Scholarship

This is our highest transfer student academic scholarship, for those who have excelled in their previous college work.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.65-4.00
  • Value: $8,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Professor Scholarship

This transfer student academic scholarship recognizes those who have performed admirably in their previous college work.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.10-3.649
  • Value: $6,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Arbor Scholarship

This transfer student academic scholarship recognizes those who have performed admirably in their previous college work.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 2.60-3.099
  • Value: $4,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.80 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Transfer Award

This transfer student academic scholarship recognizes those who have performed admirably in their previous college work.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 2.59 and lower
  • Value: $2,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with maintaining satisfactory academic progress
  • Applying: No application required

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Must be an American minority new student with a demonstrated interest in the advancement of minorities in American society
  • Value: $12,000 ($3,000 per year) (one awarded per year)
  • Applying: Must be admitted to SAU and complete the MLS application and essay by Feb. 15 (Download application)
  • Renewal policy: Renewable; maintain involvement in the Multicultural Student Organization
  • All applicants for the MLS who are not selected will receive the SAU Diversity Grant ($1,500 per year)

Music Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Music major, minor or participant in an SAU musical ensemble
  • Value: Varies
  • Applying: Auditions are available only on specified dates. Contact the Music Department to schedule an audition.
  • Renewal policy: Renewable

Private Donors and Lenders

Financial aid from private parties usually takes the form of scholarships and grants that businesses, organizations or donors established to honor local students. Be it the Rotary or Lions Club, an area bank or hospital, or a wealthy citizen, you can be eligible for these by entering a certain field of study, attending a certain college or university, participating in certain extracurricular activities or graduating with a certain GPA. Loans might come from a bank or relative.

State Scholarship

State Scholarship

Name of AwardEligibility RequirementsAmount of AwardHow to Apply
Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG)Michigan resident; financial need; student receiving MTG not eligible to receive MCS.$1,512*File FAFSA by MTG deadline (June 30, 2016 for 2016-17). SAU must be listed first on FAFSA.
Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)Michigan resident; ACT combined sub-scores of 90 or higher and demonstrate need; MCS replaces MTG.$1,512*File FAFSA by Michigan deadline (March 1, 2016 for 2016-17)

Work Study

Work Study

Spring Arbor University utilizes many avenues to help students find work while attending SAU. Because of the demand for employment opportunities, it is important for students to follow the employment hiring guidelines and check in with the student employment office to learn of new job openings. To find out more about becoming a student worker at SAU, visit thestudent employment section of our human resources site.