Ashland University Grants & Scholarships

Ashland University offers a broad range of awards to recognize achievement in many different areas. If you’re an outstanding student, chances are there’s an award available for you. Your first step in receiving any financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 Ashland University awards are available to full-time undergraduate students who are paying the comprehensive rate of tuition and do not have a bachelor’s degree. Ashland University students enrolled in the Evening/Weekend, Lorain County Community College, Columbus Bachelor’s Completion or Nursing programs not paying the comprehensive rate are not eligible for these awards. Ashland University awards are only available during the fall and spring semesters. The maximum Ashland University aid that a student may qualify for is limited to the cost of tuition. Students may qualify for federal or state grants during summer sessions. 

Ashland University awards for freshmen are based on the high school cumulative GPA and composite ACT/SAT at the time of admission. Accepted students may have their academic scores updated for revision of award through March 1, 2014 (December 1, 2014 for spring semester applicants). Students accepted after March 1, 2014 will have their Ashland Univeristy Award based on their academic scores at the time of admission.

2014-15 Awards for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students*

First-time freshmen and first-time transfer students are eligible for university awards that range from $1,500 to $11,000 per year. Awards are determined by reviewing a student's prior academic performance (high school or prior college transcripts) and performance on standardized tests (ACT/SAT - not applicable to transfers). Admitted students will receive confirmation of their awards shortly after they are admitted to the university. These awards do not apply to readmitted students.

*Awards begin in fall semester, 2014

Other Awards

The awards listed below may be included in the incoming student award levels listed above.

Alumnus Grant*

Sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of Ashland University or MedCentral College of Nursing alumni are eligible for this grant. (Father, mother or grandparent must have earned 32 or more undergraduate credits, or have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ashland University or MedCentral College of Nursing). The grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress and the amount is $1,000.

Art, Music and Theatre Scholarships*

These departments award scholarships based on talent. Each department requires an on-campus interview. An audition is required for the theatre and music scholarships, while submission of a portfolio is necessary to apply for the art scholarship. These scholarships are renewable by fulfilling certain departmental criteria.

Ashbrook Scholarship

A renewable scholarship based on merit of up to $2,000 per year. A major or minor in political science and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 are required. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Ashbrook Center. Students in the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship.

Ashland University Grant

A need-based grant offered to students. In addition to financial need as determined through the FAFSA, the grant is based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores or college GPA for transfer students. Renewal is based on the need of the student in subsequent years and the academic performance of the student at Ashland University.

Athletic Scholarship

Men’s and women’s varsity sports offer scholarships to selected athletes. The coaches, under the leadership of the athletic director and in coordination with the Financial Aid Office, determine standards of distribution that follow the guidelines set down by the athletic conference and the NCAA. The coach determines total amount of athletic and non-exempt aid awarded to the student athlete.

Brethren Grant*

Students who are members of the Ashland-based Brethren Church are eligible for this grant. A letter verifying membership from the pastor of the student's church is required. The grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress and the amount is $1,000.

Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the State of Ohio to give Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in bioscience-related areas. These scholarships will support students who plan to pursue careers that apply biological knowledge to medical and agricultural areas, either through continued education in graduate schools, health related professional schools or through direct employment in industry after completion of the bachelor's degree. Additional information and the application are available here.

Honors Program Scholarship

Incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the Honors Program are eligible to apply for a $1,500/year merit-based scholarship. Renewal of the award requires a 3.4 minimum GPA following completion of freshman year and a 3.5  minimum GPA following  completion of junior or senior year. The Honors Program Scholarship application is found on the Honors Program webpage.

Ministerial Grant*

This grant is offered to children of ministers and missionaries who are currently working full time for the Ashland-based Brethren Church or who have retired from full-time service for reasons of age or health. Students who qualify for this grant will receive total Ashland University gift aid equal to 65 percent of tuition. The grant is renewable with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Sibling Grant*

This grant is offered when two or more siblings from the same household are full-time undergraduate students, both paying the comprehensive rate of tuition at Ashland University. The student will be awarded the higher of either the Sibling Grant (worth up to 25% of tuition) or the other Ashland University gift aid for which the student qualifies.  A minimum 2.5 GPA is required and students with an athletic scholarship do not qualify for the award.  The Sibling Grant will be reduced by the Brethren and Alumnus grants will be  if the student is eligible.

*Will be inlcuded in the award level amounts listed above