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 Scholarships

  • President’s Scholarship
    • 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.  This scholarship has two components, (1) a $12,500 credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • Dean’s Scholarship
    • 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 (1) an academic scholarship credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • Advantage Scholarship
    • High School Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater and no test scores qualify for the BU Advantage Scholarship that ranges from $12,500 to $14,000The total value of these awards consists of (1) an academic scholarship credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • Achievement Grant
    • 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 (1) an academic scholarship credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • $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.
  • 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.
  • $500 awarded to students whose parent or sibling is currently enrolled or graduated from Belhaven University.
  • 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.
  • Given to students who have demonstrated need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • 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.
  • 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.
Freshman Academic Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships

  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
    • Members of PTK are eligible for the BU PTK Scholarship in the amount of $16,000. This scholarship has two components, (1) a $12,500 credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • Transfer Scholarship
    • 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.   The total value of these awards consists of (1) an academic scholarship credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • Transfer Grant
    • 30 + college credit hours and 2.00 or above GPA are eligible for the BU Transfer Grant in the amount of $12,000. This scholarship has two components, (1) a $12,500 credit to your student account to help pay educational expenses and (2) a $3,500 On-Campus Housing Grant applied directly against housing charges.
  • $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.
  • 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.
  • $500 awarded to students whose parent or sibling is currently enrolled or graduated from Belhaven University.
  • 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.
  • Given to students who have demonstrated need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • 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.
  • 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.
Transfer Academic Scholarships

State Grants

  • $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 https://www.msfinancialaid.org/
  • 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 https://www.msfinancialaid.org/

Federal Grants

  • About $2,000 per year based on need and availability. FAFSA is required.
  • Up to $6,345 per year based on need.
  • Around $1,000 per year based on need and availability

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.
  • Up to $5,500 for each year. Based on need and availability. FAFSA is required.
  • Up to the cost of education. Not based on need; credit worthy parents of dependent students. FAFSA is required.