Scholarships

Make all those high school accomplishments count. Check out our scholarship offerings for class of 2014 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.

Freshman SAU Scholarships

Freshman SAU Scholarships

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

Name of Award
Eligibility Requirements
Amount of Award
How to Apply
Renewal Policy
National Merit Scholarship**
Finalist/Semifinalist
National Merit Scholarship Finalist/Semifinalist, must enter SAU same year as high school graduation; two finalists selected for full tuition100% or 60% of tuition finalist/ semifinalist; students must be full-time; overload credits are not coveredSubmit copy of National Merit status (finalist certificate or semifinalist confirmation)Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5
Trustee Scholarship**GPA: 3.8 and up, ACT: 29 and up$12,000 per yearNo application requiredMaintain a GPA of at least 3.5
Presidential Scholarship**GPA: 3.6 and up, ACT: 27 and up$10,000 per yearNo application requiredRenewal policy: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5
E.P. Hart Honors Program ScholarshipHigh school GPA: 3.6 and comp ACT: 27 or SAT equivalent and accepted into the Honors program early (apply by Jan. 31)$500Complete the application by January 31, available at the E.P. Hart Honors Program Scholarship pageMaintain a GPA of at least 3.6 and annual honors participation standards
Provost ScholarshipGPA: 3.4 and up, ACT: 24 and up$8,000 per yearNo application requiredMaintain a GPA of at least 3.3
Faculty ScholarshipGPA: 3.2 and up, ACT: 22 and up$6,000 per yearNo application requiredMaintain a GPA of at least 3.2
Alumni Scholarship*GPA: 3.0 and up, ACT: 20 and up$4,000 per yearNo application requiredRenewed annually with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
Multicultural Leadership
Scholarship
Must be American minority new student with a demonstrated interest in advancement of minorities in American society$3,000 per year
(three awarded per year)
Must be admitted to SAU and
complete MLS application and
essay by Feb. 15
Renewable; maintain involvement in Multicultural Student Organization
Diversity GrantAll American minority students who apply for the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship, but are not selected$1,500 per yearMust be admitted to SAU and
complete MLS application and
essay by February 15
Renewable; maintain involvement in Multicultural Student Organization
SAU GrantStudents who demonstrate a significant level of unmet needVaries based on unmet needSubmit FAFSASubmit FAFSA (grant amount can change each year as family’s unmet need changes)
Art ScholarshipsNew freshman art majorVariesSubmit portfolio and application; contact SAU's Art DepartmentRenewable
Music ScholarshipMusic Major, minor, or participation in an SAU musical ensembleVariesSubmit application; contact SAU
Music Dept.; auditions in January
Renewable
Athletic Scholarship*Factors considered include leadership, academic standing, sportsmanship, respect for authority, competitive spirit and athletic abilityVaries, but precludes all other forms of SAU aid other than academic scholarshipsComplete appropriate form at
arbor.edu/recruitforms
Renewable
Free Methodist Ministerial/
Missionary Discount
Free Methodist ministerial student, minister, missionary or dependentBetween 35% and 60% of tuition-includes all forms of SAU aid**No application required;
documentation may be requested
Renewable
Free Methodist Church
Matching Grant
Any Free Methodist student whose home church provides a scholarship on the student’s behalfMaximum of $2,000 per year, matched dollar-for-dollarContact the SAU office of Financial
Air for appropriate form
Renewable each year that a scholarship is received from the home church
Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships/GrantsEach scholarship has specific requirementsVaries, depending on fundingSubmit SAU Supplemental Aid Application by Feb. 15Renewable with annual application

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

These  scholarships are available for undergraduate transfer students enrolled on the Main Campus.

Deans Scholarship

This is our highest transfer student academic scholarship, for those who have excelled in their previous college work. Read below about the value, renewal policy and eligibility requirements for receiving the Deans Scholarship.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.50-4.00
  • Value: $7,500 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • Applying: No application required

Merit Scholarship

This transfer student academic scholarship recognizes those who have performed admirably in their previous college work. Read below about the value, renewal policy and eligibility requirements for receiving the Merit Scholarship.

  • Eligibility: Cumulative grade point average of 3.00-3.49
  • Value: $5,000 per year
  • Renewal policy: Renewed annually with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (as measured at the end of an academic year)
  • 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

Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships/Grants

Endowed funds primarily serve as additional support for students who are currently enrolled on the main campus of SAU

  • Eligibility: Each scholarship has specific requirements
  • Value: Varies, depending on funding
  • Applying: Submit SAU Supplemental Aid Application by Feb. 15
  • Renewal policy: Renewable with annual application

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 Award
Eligibility Requirements
Amount of Award
How to Apply
Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG)Michigan resident; financial need; student receiving MTG not eligible to receive MCS.$1,626 maximum*File FAFSA by MTG deadline (was June 30 for 2014 - 15). 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.$1,626 maximum*File FAFSA by Michigan deadline (was March 1 for 2014-15)

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.