Wesleyan College offers a comprehensive financial aid program and is committed to making it financially feasible for any admitted student to attend. A qualified student who wishes to attend Wesleyan should not hesitate to apply because her resources cannot cover required fees. Wesleyan awards scholarships along with financial aid from federal, state, and institutional funds including grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment.
Every student applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications are available online, and you can also get the FAFSA form from your secondary school counselor. To learn more about FAFSA, click here.
After a student enrolls, the College will continue to accept financial aid applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year based on student enrollment status and degree program. The final deadline to apply for financial aid each academic year is June 30.
All merit awards are renewable from year to year, provided the student is enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) at Wesleyan and satisfies other stipulated conditions of her scholarship. 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 for 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.
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 and if they qualify, they will be contacted by Admissions.
The Wesleyan College Scholarship Day is an invitation-only spring semester event for high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary academic records, leadership, or talents through their applications for admission. 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.
Are you an artist? You are eligible to audition for Wesleyan's Fine Arts Scholarship. These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. 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.
These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. 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. Students interested in music scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted.
These scholarships range in values from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. 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 in theatre. Students interested in theatre scholarships are required to audition, preferably in person, but audio or video tapes are permitted.
Wesleyan offers the Legacy Scholarship, valued at $15,000, to incoming first-year 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. The relationships of great-aunt, godmother, and cousin are not considered legacy. Wesleyan College reserves the right to limit scholarship funds based upon availability.
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.
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