Ashland University Scholarships & Grants

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 Scholarships

Ashland University (AU) scholarships and grants are available to full-time, undergraduate students who are paying the comprehensive tuition rate and have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Ashland University students enrolled in the evening/weekend, Lorain County Community College Partnership, or Columbus Bachelor’s Completion or Nursing programs, which do not pay AU's comprehensive tuition rate are not eligible. AU scholarships and grants are only available during the fall and spring semesters and are limited to the direct cost paid to the university. Students may qualify for federal or state grants during summer sessions.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Academic Scholarships 2022-23

Ashland University is please to offer academic scholarships to first-time freshman and transfer students who qualify. First-time freshmen are eligible for university aid that ranges from $2,000 to $12,000 per year, and first-time transfer students are eligible for university aid ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. A portion of the academic scholarship may be funded by endowed scholarships. Click HERE to view AU's academic scholarship charts and GPA requirements.

Academic Scholarships are determined by reviewing a student's prior academic performance (high school or prior college transcripts). Academic scores can be updated through August 1, 2022 (December 1, 2022 for Spring semester 2023 applicants). Students accepted after August 1, 2022, will have their eligibility based on their academic scores at the time of admission. Transfer scholarships are determined based on academic performance for college courses taken after high school graduation and do not include college credit plus courses.

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any questions about this process. We want to help you navigate the admissions and academic scholarship process as you take the next steps to becoming a member of the AU family!

Test Achievement Grant

First-time freshman with a composite ACT score of 25 or more at the time of admission are awarded an additional $1,000 test achievement grant. SAT and CLT scores are accepted and converted using established equivalent ACT scores. Transfer students are not eligible for this grant.

Tuition Relief Scholarship

Ashland University is offering a one-time Tuition Relief Scholarship to first-time, full-time residential freshmen for the Spring 2023 semester. Students must be seeking a bachelor's degree, successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall 2022 semester with a GPA of at least a 2.0, and be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Spring 2023 semester. A completed FAFSA must be on file and there must be no account balance outstanding by the end of the Fall semester. Students must live on campus during both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. Scholarship amounts vary and are subject to change when additional scholarships or grants are received. Check out the Tution Relief Scholarship webpage for more information and FAQs.

Other Grants and Scholarships

  • $1,000 Visit Scholarship

High school and transfer students – Get $1,000 toward your 2022-23 tuition

It’s not too late to apply for fall! In fact, Ashland University will give you $1,000 when you complete three steps:

  1. Attend an in-person admissions visit between Feb. 1 and July 1, 2022.
  2. Apply and get admitted.
  3. Submit your enrollment deposit by July 1, 2022.

Get started now and register for a campus visit.

One-time stackable scholarship; $500 toward fall tuition and $500 toward spring tuition.Scholarship cannot exceed the cost of tuition.

  • 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.

  • Ashbrook Scholarship

A renewable scholarship based on merit. Scholarship amounts vary. 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. Check out the Ashbrook webpage for more information about the Ashbrook Scholar Program.

  • Ashland Center for Nonviolence (ACN) Peace Scholars

A renewable scholarship based on merit of $1,000 per year. A minor in Ethics or Conflict Resolution and minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 are required. Students in the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship. Check out the Ashland Center for Nonviolence webpage clicking on the Peace Scholars tab for more informaiton about the Peace Scholar Program.

  • Ashland University Grant

Incoming freshmen with an EFC between 0 and 34999 on their FAFSA may be eligible for a need-based grant ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Renewal is based on need in subsequent years and the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress at Ashland University.

  • Athletic Scholarships

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 by the athletic conference and the NCAA Division II regulations. The coach determines the amount of athletic and non-exempt aid awarded to the student athlete. Athletic scholarships are added to the student's AU Offer letter upon receiving official notification from the coach.

  • Brethren Grant

Students who are members of the Ashland-based Brethren Church prior to enrolling at Ashland University are eligible for a $1,000 annual grant. A letter verifying membership from the pastor of the student's church is required. The grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

  • College Credit Plus Scholarship

All high school students enrolled in AU College Credit Plus (CCP) courses who attend AU directly out of high school and are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program will receive a one-time $1,000 stackable scholarship toward tuition ($500 for fall tuition and $500 for spring tuition).

  • Dean's Scholarship - Accounting

The Dean’s Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the accounting major in the College of Business and Economics. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be “stacked” on top of the awarded AU academic scholarship. Students also participate in unique opportunities, such as career-related events, attending special lecture series, or acting as a COBE scholar ambassador.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship for Accounting majors!

  • Dean's Scholarship - Finance

The Dean’s Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the finance major in the College of Business and Economics. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be “stacked” on top of the awarded AU academic scholarship. Students also participate in unique opportunities, such as the student-managed investment fund – the Eagle Investment Group, career-related events, attending special lecture series, or acting as a COBE scholar ambassador.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship for Finance majors!

  • Dean's Scholarship - Computer Science / Cybersecurity

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in Computer Science or Cybersecurity.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "stacked" on the awarded AU academic scholarship. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship for Computer Science and Cybersecurity majors!

  • Dean's Scholarship - Journalism and Digital Media

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in Journalism and Digital Media.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "stacked" on the awarded AU academic scholarship. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship for Journalism and Digital Media majors!

  • Dean's Scholarship - Natural Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in one of the Natural Sciences - Geology, Chemistry, Forensic Biology or Toxicology.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "stacked" on the awarded AU academic scholarship. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship in Natural Science!

  • Dean's Scholarship - Psychology

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in Psychology.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "stacked" on the awarded AU academic scholarship. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Learn more about the Dean's Scholarship in Psychology!

  • Diversity Scholarship

The diversity scholarship is a $2,000 renewable scholarship offered to incoming students through the Office of Diversity. The scholarship requires a 3.2 high school cumulative GPA and requires the student to actively participate in the Diversity Scholars Program by attending the Pathways Pre-Orientation Workshop, three University events per semester, and/or join a student organization, and meet regularly with an assigned student mentor during the first year at Ashland University. Students will receive a scholarship letter if eligible and must sign and return the scholarship letter to the Financial Aid Office by no later than May 1. Students receiving an athletic scholarship are not eligible for the diversity scholarship. Check out the Diversity Scholars Program webpage for more information.

  • Honors Program Scholarship

First-time freshmen who have been accepted into the Honors Program will be considered for an honors scholarship (currently $1,000 to $1,500 per year), renewable for four years. Scholarship renewal requires the student to continue as a member of the Honors Program and meet certain AU GPA requirements. The Honors Program Scholarship application is found on the Honors Program webpage.

  • Legacy Grant 

Children and grandchildren of Ashland University alumni are eligible for this $1,000 grant. An alumnus is defined as a parent or grandparent who has earned at least 32 undergraduate credits or an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ashland University. This grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress at AU.

  • Ministerial Grant

This grant is offered to children of ministers, missionaries, and ordained/licensed staff who are actively serving 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 will receive total AU gift aid equal to 65% of tuition. The grant is renewable annually with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship for incoming transfer students with a minimum 3.0 transfer 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 cumulative GPA.

For more information about Ashland Scholarships and Grants, contact an AU Admissions Representative

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