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 direct cost paid to the university. 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, 2016 (December 1, 2016 for spring semester applicants). Students accepted after March 1, 2016 will have their Ashland Univeristy Award based on their academic scores at the time of admission.

2016-17 Awards for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students*

First-time freshmen are eligible for university awards that range from $6,500 to $11,500 per year and first-time transfer students are eligible for university awards ranging from $3,500 to $7,500.. 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.

 Other Awards

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

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. For more information about the Ashbrook Scholar Program, check out the Ashbrook website.

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 prior to enrolling at Ashland University 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.

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 sophomore or junior year. The Honors Program Scholarship application is found on the Honors Program webpage.

Legacy Grant (Formerly the 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.

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.