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 Financial Aid offers 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 offers. Ashland University offers 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 Financial Aid Offers for freshmen are based on the high school cumulative GPA and composite ACT/SAT at the time of admission. New accepted students may have their academic scores updated for revision of award through May 1, 2021 (December 1, 2020 for spring semester 2021 applicants). Students accepted after May 1, 2021 will have their Ashland University Offer based on their academic scores at the time of admission.
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students Offers 2021-22
First-time freshmen are eligible for university aid that ranges from $2,000 to $12,500 per year and first-time transfer students are eligible for university aid ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. Offers 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 offers shortly after they are admitted to the university. Transfer students' GPA will not include College Credit Plus classes and will be determined by college courses taken after high school graduation. These offers do not apply to readmitted students.
Ashland University is pleased to offer merit-based scholarships to incoming students who qualify. Candidates should review these charts carefully when making the decision to apply using either the traditional (with test scores) or test optional (without test scores) admission process to maximize your merit scholarship award.
Please note that students who apply via traditional admissions and submit test scores must meet both the GPA and test score requirements to earn the corresponding merit award. While the chart only shows ACT scores, we do accept the SAT and CLT tests and have established equivalent scores required at each level.
Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any questions about this process. We want to help you navigate the admissions and merit scholarship process as you take the next steps to becoming a member of the AU family!
Other Grants and Scholarship Awards
The aid listed below may be included in the incoming student offer letters
Art, Music, or 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.
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.
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.
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 annual 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/or 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 annual amount is $1,000.
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.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for incoming transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., or Canadian-equivalent degree. A Phi Theta Kappa designation is required on the student’s transcript. This scholarship is renewable with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
For more information about Ashland Scholarships and Grants, contact an AU Admissions Representative