Upfront Scholarship Program
Southwestern offers a comprehensive program of scholarships and awards to transfer students with strong academic preparation. Please note: Your application for admission will also serve as your application for general scholarships. See specific program details for S-STEM and Fine Arts Scholarships.
General Scholarship Deadline
Applications must be submitted by July 1 for fall semester enrollment and November 15 for spring semester enrollment.
Southwestern’s Finch Scholarships are awarded in the following amounts annually, depending on a recalculation of your cumulative GPA in transferable, non-developmental coursework:
- $21,000 – 3.7 to 4.0 cumulative GPA
- $18,000 – 3.4 to 3.6 cumulative GPA
- $15,000 – 3.0 to 3.3 cumulative GPA
PTK and NSCS Add-On Scholarship
Southwestern provides additional scholarship support for Phi Theta Kappa and National Society of Collegiate Scholars membership. This scholarship is added to the general scholarship above.
- $5,000 – Phi Theta Kappa and National Society of Collegiate Scholars membership
Fine Arts Scholarships
- Music, Theatre and Art
Students choosing to major in the fine and performing arts are eligible for awards in vocal and instrumental music, theatre (acting or design) and studio art. Awards are renewable annually. Auditions or portfolio submissions are required. Contact Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504 or visit our Fine Arts Scholarship page for specific audition/portfolio dates and requirements.
Students auditioning for fine arts awards should have their application for admission complete by March 1 in order to meet fine art deadlines.
Southwestern welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Veterans Administration to administer the following benefits to support veterans and veteran dependents who wish to attend as full-time students.
- Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001. Benefits include tuition assistance, monthly housing allowance and a books and supplies stipend. Visit Southwestern’s Veterans page for qualification details.
- Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon program allows degree-granting private colleges and universities in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
- Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
For post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
- DEA (Chapter 35)
The Dependent’s Educational Assistance (DEA) Program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.
Need-Based Financial Aid
- Up to $10,000 per year
- Amounts will vary based on demonstrated need. Requires FAFSA submission. Southwestern’s code is 003620.
Stafford, Perkins & Plus Loans
- Amounts Vary
- Total amount based on demonstrated need. Requires FAFSA submission.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Policies
Scholarship GPA requirements are based on a minimum of 24 transferable credits. Sutdents transferring with less than 24 credits will be evaluated for scholarship on a combination of high school and college performance. Southwestern admission staff will recalculate a GPA when a student has attended multiple institutions. Developmental courses are excluded when factoring overall GPA. Amounts awarded based on availability of funds. A minimum GPA is required to maintain scholarships from semester to semester. You can review these requirements here. The total amount of Southwestern merit or need-based scholarships, awards, or grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition.