Scholarships and Grants

It is important to remember that a college education is an investment in your future. Belhaven University also believes that it is important to invest in you.

All entering freshmen and transfer students at our Jackson, Mississippi campus are eligible for scholarships that are described below. These scholarships are the foundation of every financial aid package. Additional financial aid, including grants, are considered after you complete and file the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA).

Read important information on understanding the real cost of college from the Belhaven President.

Freshman Academic Scholarships

Transfer Academic Scholarships

* These scholarships are a foundation of your Belhaven award package. We take a holistic approach to admission and scholarships and there may be more admission-based grants available to you.

Merit Based Scholarships and Grants
Academic Scholarships Academic scholarships are based on high school or college academic performance and determined upon application to the college. Awards are renewable each year with a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Merit-based scholarships may not be awarded in combination with tuition discounts, waivers or sponsorships.
President's Scholarship Freshmen with a High School cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater and an ACT of 26 or above qualify for the BU President’s Scholarship with a total value of up to $16,000, of which $12,500 is credited toward tuition and $3,500 toward on-campus housing grant
Dean's Scholarship Freshmen with a High School cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater and an ACT Score from 20-25 or a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 to 3.499 with an ACT score of 20 or above qualify for the BU Dean’s Scholarship that ranges from $13,500 to $15,000. The total value of these awards consists of an academic scholarship tuition credit and a $3,500 on-campus housing grant.
Advantage Scholarship

Freshmen who select the test optional pathway for admissions are eligible for the Belhaven University Advantage Scholarship that ranges from $12,500 to $14,000. This award is based on the student’s cumulative high school GPA and the total value of these awards consists of an academic scholarship tuition credit and a $3,500 on-campus housing grant.

Achievement Grant Freshmen with a High School cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater and an ACT Score from 18-19 qualify for the BU Achievement Grant that ranges from $12,500 to $14,000. The total value of these awards consists of an academic grant tuition credit and a $3,500 on-campus housing grant.
PTK Scholarship Students who are members of PTK are eligible for the BU PTK Scholarship in the amount of $16,000, of which $12,500 is credited toward tuition and $3,500 toward on-campus housing grant.
Transfer Scholarship Transfer students with 30 + college credit hours and 2.75 or above GPA are eligible for the BU Transfer Scholarship which ranges in amounts from $13,000 - $15,000 that include an on-campus housing grant. See above chart.
Transfer Grant Transfer students with 30 + college credit hours and 2.00 or above GPA are eligible for the BU Transfer Grant in the amount of $12,000, of which $8500 is credited toward tuition and $3,500 toward an on-campus housing grant.
Residence Hall Grant $3500 awarded to students in the traditional college living on campus in one of the university’s residence halls. Residence Hall grants may not be awarded in combination with tuition discounts, waivers or sponsorships and some Belhaven scholarships.
Arts Scholarship Amount varies and is based on audition and/or portfolio review, acceptance to the program, and need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Arts scholarships may not be awarded in combination with tuition discounts, waivers or sponsorships.
Participation Scholarships Participation scholarships are awarded to students participating in ensembles, such as choir, marching band, and orchestra. Amounts are given in increments of $500, not to exceed $1000 in total.
Legacy Scholarship $500 awarded to students whose parent or sibling is currently enrolled or graduated from Belhaven University.
Visit Scholarship We are so confident that you will love what you experience on your visit to Belhaven, we will add $1000 to your first year scholarship package when you come for a personal visit or one of our Discover Days.
Ridgway-Davis Scholarship $1,000 per year and is based on academic achievement and major in Biology, Chemistry or Math.
Church Matching Grant There is no limit to what your church can choose to contribute to your education. We will match up to $500 per year of what your church contributes.
Presbyterian Scholarship Program The Presbyterian Scholarship Program (PSP) at Belhaven will add $1000 per year to the scholarship package of any graduating high school senior who is a member of a Presbyterian Church that supports the University at $1000 or more annually. That's a $4000 scholarship over four years which will be added to the student's total award from Belhaven! The student must be a full-time traditional student.
Opportunity Grant Given to students who have demonstrated need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

There are a limited number of other Belhaven grants awarded to students based on need. Applying for financial aid automatically considers students for these grants.

State Grants*
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant $500 per year for freshman and sophomore year; $1,000 per year for junior and senior year. Based on state residency and academic achievement. Apply at www.mississippi.edu
Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant $2,500 per year and is based on state residency and academic achievement. Apply at https://www.msfinancialaid.org/
Others There are many other scholarships and loan program (eg. Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship, William Winter Teacher Loan/Scholarship, Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students, etc). Amounts Vary. See requirements and apply at http://riseupms.com.
*Each state may or may not have scholarships and grants programs. Some states allow this money to follow a student out of state. Students are advised to check with the state in which they live for more information.
Federal Grants
Pell Up to $6,345 per year based on need.
SEOG Around $1,000 per year based on need and availability
Teach Grant /Loan Up to $4,000 per year based on major and an agreement to serve as a teacher in low income schools and high need fields; not need based but must file FAFSA. Students must meet Belhaven requirements.
Loans
Federal Wm. D. Ford Direct Student Loans Ranges between $5,500-$7,500 per year and depends on student classification. Submission of the FAFSA is required and can be need or non-need based.
Federal Perkins Loan Up to $5,500 for each year. Based on need and availability. FAFSA is required.
Federal Plus Loan Up to the cost of education. Not based on need; credit worthy parents of dependent students. FAFSA is required.
Federal Workstudy
Federal Workstudy About $2,000 per year based on need and availability. FAFSA is required.