Scholarships & Financial Aid

WeSLEYAN offerS a limited number of merit scholarships which are awarded AUTOMATICALLY WHEN A STUDENT IS ACCEPTED TO THE COLLEGE. No additional application is required.   

Every student applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is in addition to the Wesleyan Financial Aid Application Form. You can also get the FAFSA form from your secondary school counselor. You should send it in as soon as possible after October 1. To learn more about FAFSA, click here.

Wesleyan offers a comprehensive financial aid program. Review some of the scholarships, grants, and loans listed below. Additional awards and scholarships may be available to Wesleyan students. It is not necessary for a student to apply for each scholarship. The student will be considered for each by submitting the Wesleyan application for financial aid.
 

Grants, loans, & scholarships

Scholarship Policy
All merit awards are renewable from year to year, provided the student is enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) at Wesleyan, maintains the required grade point average, and satisfies other stipulated conditions of her scholarship as identified in the Statement of Understanding which accompanies a scholarship offer. Incoming students may not receive more than one merit award.

Should any academic scholarship recipient receive additional financial aid which results in the overpayment of the student's bill for any academic year or any portion of an academic year, the Financial Aid Office reserves the right to re-evaluate that student's particular situation and reduce the amount of scholarship by the amount of such overpayment. No combination of institutional, federal, or state scholarships and grants may exceed the College's direct costs. Direct costs include tuition, required fees, room (standard double room rate) and board. Students receiving outside scholarships may apply these funds up to the full value of the College's cost of attendance budget, which include an estimate for books, as well as personal and transportation expenses. The College reserves the right to adjust need-based institutional aid if a student receives outside funding, though efforts will also be made to reduce the student's self-help forms of aid, such as work-study and student loans.

Scholarship Day
Once a student has been accepted to Wesleyan College, she will be contacted by an Admission Counselor who will send her an official invitation to compete in an interview process (by faculty/department) on Scholarship Day for up to full tuition scholarships. No student can apply for any one scholarship - their qualifications and interests indicated in their application/GPA/test scores will be matched with a scholarship above and they will be contacted by Admissions, if they qualify. 


The Wesleyan College Scholarship Day is an invitation-only event for high school seniors during the fall and spring semester who have demonstrated exemplary academic records, leadership, or talents through their applications for admission. In addition, students may also compete for a performance art scholarship in art, music, or theatre. Scholarship opportunities are greatly enhanced by participation in Scholarship Day. Call (800) 447-6610 for more information.



Academic Scholarships
These scholarships range in value from $6,000 to $12,000 per year.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Do you have experience playing an instrument, performing in a play, or creating art? You are eligible to audition for Wesleyan's Fine Arts Scholarships. These scholarships range in value from $500 to $3,000 per year. Students interested in music or theatre scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted. A portfolio is required of those competing for an art scholarship. Please contact your Admission Counselor if you are interested in competing for these scholarships listed below.

Art
Students who wish to apply for an Art Scholarship should submit a portfolio consisting of 8 to 10 works. One of the pieces should be a portrait drawn from real life (not copied from a photo). Students are advised to present their best works rather than works in a wide variety of media. The work will be evaluated on the understanding of the creative process, handling of the medium, creativity, and presentation. In addition to the portfolio, the student should write a short artistic biography, which tells of the student’s interests and goals in art. Portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and include an interview with members of the Art Department faculty.

Acceptance of the art scholarship requires that the student pursue either a major in art or art history.

Music
Students who wish to audition for a Music Scholarship should prepare 2 memorized pieces in contrasting styles. Auditions are given for voice, piano, organ, and other instruments. We prefer selections from classical repertoire, but this may not always be possible. Students and their current teachers should choose pieces that present the student at her best. Each student will be asked to sight read a simple melody. The audition, which includes an interview with members of the Music Department faculty, lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Acceptance of the music scholarship requires that the student pursue either a major or minor in music.

Theatre
Students who wish to audition for a Theatre Scholarship should bring a list of theatre related experience and have a teacher mail a letter of recommendation. Actors must prepare 1 or 2 memorized monologues of one or two minutes each. The monologues should be in contrasting styles. Students and their current teachers should choose pieces that present the student at her best. The director will work briefly with the student on selections of the monologue in order to assess her ability to take direction. The student who is interested exclusively in technical theatre may choose not to prepare an acting audition, but to submit a portfolio of materials demonstrating her talents and experiences in technical theatre.

Acceptance of the theatre scholarship requires that the student pursue a minor or major in theatre.

Georgia Residents - Education Together Scholarship 
Are you a high school senior with at least a 2.0 GPA? Do you live in the middle Georgia area? You may be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship renewable for four years! Click here for more details. The deadline is May 15th!

Education Together provides needs-based scholarships to ambitious, enterprising high school seniors in our area (public, private, or home-schooled), to earn either a two- or four-year degree, a diploma, or technical certificate at a designated college in Middle Georgia. Applicants must be a graduating senior of a public or private high school, or a homeschooled student in Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach or Twiggs County and must be accepted to and planning to enroll at one of seven designated colleges or universities in Central Georgia. Eligible schools include Central Georgia Technical College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Military College, Mercer University, Middle Georgia State University, and Wesleyan College. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to apply. 

CRITERIA Applicants are selected based on the following:

  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Preference is given to first generation college students.
  • Positive record in academics, community service, or service to others. 
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Legacy Scholarship
Wesleyan offers the Legacy Scholarship to incoming first-year or transfer students who are referred to the College by a Wesleyan alumna who is a grandmother, mother, step-mother, sister, step-sister, sister-in-law, or aunt of the student.* Register online today!

*The relationships of great-aunt, godmother, and cousin are not considered legacy. Wesleyan College reserves the right to limit scholarship funds based upon availability.

International Baccalaureate Students
Wesleyan College's faculty honors your commitment to academic excellence by awarding IB diploma recipients up to 30 semester hours of college. In addition, you may be eligible for a trustee-level scholarship. (Students must meet admission requirements.) Like Advanced Placement students who submit their scores reports, IB candidates are also eligible to receive college credit if they score at least a 4 on their grade-level examinations.

Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund 
Wesleyan College, with the generous support of the Roberto C. Goizueta Foundation, provides a varying number of scholarships to entering full-time day students who are of Latin American descent. The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund is a merit and need-based award. Any interested student may submit an application; however, eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid Services and only eligible candidates will be considered.

Ryan's Hope Equestrian Scholarship
Valued between $1,000-$3,000 toward tuition at Wesleyan College, the Ryan's Hope Scholarship is renewable every year for four years (eight semesters) if the student remains in good standing and maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. To qualify for the Ryan's Hope Equestrian Scholarship, eligible high school seniors and transfer student candidates must have a high school GPA of 2.50, and meet our minimum test score requirements. Applicants are required to ride for the equestrian coach, either in person on by submitting a video, to determine if they will receive the scholarship and for what amount.

Faith Based Scholarships
Wesleyan College offers several special scholarships for Methodist students. Additionally, other scholarship, grant, and loan opportunities are available for Methodist students through outside organizations.

Ministerial Scholarships
Dependent daughters and spouses of United Methodist ministers are eligible to receive a grant of up to 20 percent of tuition for each year of attendance at Wesleyan. A student may not receive the alumnae or family awards in addition to the ministerial scholarship. Dependents of diaconal ministers also receive a reduction in tuition. Students receiving the ministerial discount will have the value of merit awards for which they are eligible prorated to their discounted cost of tuition. More about special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students.

United Methodist Scholarships and Student Loans
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (www.GBHEM.org) of the United Methodist Church annually awards a number of scholarships to United Methodist students attending Wesleyan. Scholarships usually are awarded in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 per year and are for one year only. Students must complete at least the general scholarship application to receive other United Methodist funds through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from the college.

To be eligible for a United Methodist Student Loan, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a member of the United Methodist Church;
  2. Be a citizen of the United States or have permanent residence status; and

Be admitted to a degree program. All applicants must maintain at least a C average to be eligible.

Applications for loans are available online at www.GBHEM.org.

The Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award Each year, a limited number of students with demonstrated leadership or significant involvement in the Methodist Church and in service to others may be awarded a Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award. These awards are valued between $1,000 and $5,000 per year, and are renewable. To be eligible students must be members of the Methodist Church for the two most recent years and be nominated by their minister or a church officer.

Wesleyan College United Methodist Student Scholarship Wesleyan College is proud of its long relationship with the United Methodist Church. As a result, we have established The Wesleyan College United Methodist Student Scholarship, which is awarded to incoming students of United Methodist faith. This scholarship is renewable for eight semesters and is in the amount of $1,000 per year.

Wesleyan College offers special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students, but also opportunities are available for Methodist students through the United Methodist Church and other Methodist-affiliated organizations. Several opportunities are listed below, but be sure to check the United Methodist Church Foundation website for others programs also.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is a non-profit foundation that has been helping students pay for college since 1965. UMHEF is committed to supporting the dreams of students who want to attend college at a United Methodist college, university or seminary of their choice. Sometimes students and parents need a little help to cover the rising costs of tuition – that's where we come in! Our scholarships help students offset those costs by awarding scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Each year we assist over 1,000 students with their tuition through programs such as United Methodist Dollars for Scholars. We partner with schools, United Methodist congregations and our donors to provide financial support in the amount of over $2 million annually to students all over the country. Click here for a list of UMHEF scholarships.

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) provides scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Click here for a list of GBHEM scholarships.

The Era Monk Bryan Scholarship honors the memory of Era Monk Bryan, class of 1897, and the seven generations of her family serving the Methodist Church as ministers. The purpose of the Era Monk Bryan Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to be awarded annually to one or more deserving students regularly enrolled in Wesleyan College. In light of the distinguished history of service to the Methodist Church of the Monk and Bryan families, preference will be given to any student (1) who is an active member of a Untied Methodist Church congregation, with special preference to members of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia, and (2) who is planning to dedicate herself to either clergy or lay service in the United Methodist Church.

The W. Stiles and Eula May Booth Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Booth with the desire to heed Christ's instructions to "Feed My lambs." The fund is to be awarded to a junior or senior student at Wesleyan College who participates in the Wesleyan Disciples Program under the direction of the college's chaplain and who is involved and participates in a local chapter of the United Methodist Women.

The Carole Ann Cushing Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Carole Anne Cushing, class of 1964. This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Skyland United Methodist Church or to an Atlanta area student.

The September 11th Memorial Scholarship The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation has set aside funds for surviving victims and dependents of victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11. Eligible applications will be accepted for candidates who have lost a parent or guardian or have had a parent or guardian disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; or who are direct victims disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The scholarships are restricted to either: (1) students attending one of the 122 United Methodist-related institutions in the United States, or (2) United Methodist students attending higher-education institutions in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution he/she is attending.

The Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) offers funding opportunities for local students, students outside of Central Georgia, and throughout the state of Georgia. Deadlines are approaching quickly! Log on to see the requirements and apply today! www.cfcga.org/page.aspx?pid=504 

Institutional Loans
Several of the college loan funds make it possible for students to borrow money if necessary. No interest is charged on a loan while a student is enrolled at Wesleyan. Interest at 5 to 7 percent is charged beginning on the date of graduation or withdrawal. The principal may be repaid at any time, but becomes due in monthly payments, beginning 90 days after graduation or withdrawal from Wesleyan College. There are no deferment provisions for college loan funds. These loans are awarded at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office.

 

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant Program
The expected family contribution (EFC) formula as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the standard formula used in determining eligibility for the Pell Grant. The formula produces an EFC number to be considered for a Federal Pell Grant to consider a student.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
These are federal grants designed for students with exceptional financial need. S.E.O.G. awards may range from $200 to $4,000 per year.

Federal Work-Study Program and Wesleyan Work Study 
This is a federal program designed to provide a student the chance to pay part of her educational expenses by working at a part-time job.
To be employed under this program, the student must:

  1. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment;
  2. Show evidence of financial need; and
  3. Be capable of maintaining good academic standing while employed under this program.

This award is not deducted from the student's charges during the billing process. Limited funds are available for campus jobs to students who do not meet the above criteria and we also offer Wesleyan work study.

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG)
The GTEG program is an annual tuition grant made available by the state of Georgia to qualified Georgia residents for attendance at approved private colleges in the state. To be eligible for this grant, the student must be a United States citizen who has resided in Georgia for at least 12 months prior to the date of registration for any particular semester, and whose academic load meets the requirements specified by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (presently 12 hours per semester). This grant is not based on financial need. To be considered for the grant, students must file an online application at www.gacollege411.org by the final date of registration.

HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship
Students with the following qualifications are eligible for the Hope Scholarship. The student must:

  1. Have graduated from an eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average, as defined by the HOPE program, or have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average at the college level at specific credit-hour checkpoints. Students who earned a GED or graduated from an ineligible high school or home study program may qualify for a HOPE Scholarship, as an entering freshman, based on their SAT or ACT scores.
  2. Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.
  3. Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  4. Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  5. Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.
  7. Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  8. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

Students may receive $3,936 per school year (fall and spring) or $1,968 per semester if enrolled full time. The Hope Scholarship is renewable if the 3.0 cumulative grade point average is maintained.

Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship Program
Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible college in Georgia. Students may not receive HOPE and Zell Miller.

In order to be eligible to recieve Zell Miller Scholarship funding, students must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements and meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian. 
  • Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.
  • Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration. 
  • Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration and then earn a 3.3 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework taken after high school graduation or home study completion. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.
  • Have first enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution in 2007 or later, as a freshman, meeting one of the academic qualifications listed above and having earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the most recent HOPE Scholarship checkpoint.
  • Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.
  • Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia. 
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the College.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.
  • Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for Zell Miller Scholarship payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
The Secretary of Education established this loan to assist students or parents in meeting the cost of the student's attendance at a postsecondary school. The Federal Stafford Loan Program has a variable interest rate adjusted annually based on the 91-day T-bill rate (auctioned at the final auction held prior to June 1) plus 3.1 percent with a 9 percent cap.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Program
Under the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Program, your lender subsidizes the interest while the borrower is in an in-school, grace, or deferment period. These loans are based on financial need and range from $3,500 to $5,500 per academic year. A dependent or independent undergraduate student may receive a subsidized loan.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program
Under the Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program, interest accrues monthly. A dependent or independent undergraduate or graduate student may receive an unsubsidized loan.

Federal PLUS Loan Program
Federal PLUS Loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow to pay the educational expenses of their daughter who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time (six credit hours). The yearly limit on the Federal PLUS Loan is equal to the cost of education minus any other financial aid received for the year. The interest rate is 7.21%. The interest rate is adjusted each year on July 1.

Federal Perkins Loans
These federal loans are made to students with exceptional financial need. Students may borrow up to $5,500 per year. No principal is due on the loan or interest charged while the student is enrolled at least half-time and for nine months after studies are terminated. Students may have up to ten years to repay a Perkins Loan at 5 percent interest. Borrowers who become full-time teachers in certain elementary or secondary schools may be qualified for cancellation of part or all of their loan debt.

Note: The College reserves the right to change policy. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office or refer to current admission and financial aid publications for updated information on programs and policies.

Alternative Loans
Alternative Loans are private, credit-based loans designed to help students meet postsecondary or graduate education costs not met by other forms of financial aid. It is recommended that all U.S. students take advantage of all available federal aid resources before applying for an alternative loan.
 

Email a Financial Aid Counselor, or call our main line at (478) 757-5205, or toll-free (888) 665-5723.

 

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