Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid

There should be no barriers to your future.

We believe that you should have the opportunity to excel at Agnes Scott—regardless of your financial circumstances. Through a variety of merit- and need-based financial aid, we are committed to making our innovative education accessible and affordable to qualified students.

The Office of Financial Aid, in conjunction with the Office of Admission, is here to help new and returning students navigate the financial aid process. We know the process can be stressful for students and their families to work through, so we are here to support you along the way. Find resources on the scholarship and financial aid process below.

 

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Typically, our financial aid packages are made up of aid from a variety of sources, and it is important to understand the differences. Merit-based aid is generally awarded in the form of scholarships, while need-based aid may be grants, loans or student work study. Agnes Scott offers both merit-based and need-based aid.

 

Agnes Scott Scholarships

Applicants who submit their complete Common Application and all supporting materials by the Early Action II deadline (January 15) are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $15,000-$25,000 a year. These scholarships are awarded based on factors including academic achievement, community service, leadership and extracurricular involvement. Scholarships are funding that do not have to be repaid, though there are requirements to keep scholarships (included in information upon scholarship awarding).

There are a handful of scholarships that have separate requirements or applications, including:

The SUMMIT STEM Scholars Program is a new unique community of STEM scholars at Agnes Scott. The scholarship will be awarded to 10 full-time incoming first-year students applying for fall 2021 enrollment and 10 full-time incoming first-year students applying for fall 2022 enrollment who pursue bachelor's degrees in specific STEM fields. LEARN MORE ABOUT SUMMIT S-STEM AND APPLY
The Elizabeth Kiss Trailblazer Scholarship is awarded annually to admitted students who have a 3.75 reported GPA. This $25,000 merit-based scholarship is renewable for up to four years. These academic requirements must be met at the time the application is submitted. Learn More about Trailblazer
Each year, our top first-year applicants based on holistic application review are invited to compete for this prestigious scholarship which awards full tuition, room and board for up to four years of study (currently a $230,000 value). Students chosen as Agnes Scott Presidential Scholars excel in academics, leadership, character and personal achievement.  Students invited to compete for this scholarship will receive more information about next steps in their admission letter.

Agnes Scott offers one Goizueta Foundation Scholarship each year to an incoming first-year student, covering full tuition, room and board (with a current four-year value of $230,000). Strong preference is given to Hispanic/Latinx/Chicanx students who have excelled in academics, leadership, character and personal achievements, and who also demonstrate financial need. Applicants must reside within the United States, but do not need to be U.S. citizens; this scholarship is available for DACA and non-citizen U.S. residents.

Complete a separate application for the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting Common App.) Complete the application here.

The Agnes Scott College Presbyterian Scholarships are available to incoming first-year students on the basis of academic achievement and leadership in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Application and nomination by a Presbyterian USA minister are required. This scholarship typically awards $1,000 to $3,000 per year, with a four-year value of $4,000 to $12,000. This scholarship will stack on to any other earned merit scholarships from Agnes Scott. Any student who is a member of a Presbyterian USA church, regardless of citizenship status, is invited to apply.

Complete the separate application for the Presbyterian Scholarship, and ask your pastor to complete and return this nomination form by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting the Common App). Complete the application here.

Note: You are also encouraged to apply for the National Presbyterian College Scholarship Program, which is based on academic merit and financial need. Award amounts vary. The deadline for this scholarship is March 2, 2021.

The Alexander and Loris Wasserman Scholarship is awarded to no more than two incoming first-year students at Agnes Scott College and made possible through the generosity of Michael G. Wasserman and Harriet M. King '64. Each Wasserman Scholar receives a scholarship of $2,500 annually, renewable for up to four years. This scholarship will stack on to any other earned Agnes Scott scholarships.

The Wasserman Scholarship is awarded to Jewish students on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to the college's mission of educating students to "think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their time." The donors and the college value the diversity of Jewish faith and identity. Students who define and express their Jewish identity in traditional and non-traditional ways are encouraged to apply, regardless of citizenship status.

Scholarship applicants should complete the Wasserman Scholarship application by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting their Common Application).  Complete the application here.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to incoming first-year students based on their academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the foundation, the scholarship supports students who are full-time residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia, and who have been admitted to Agnes Scott College, demonstrate financial need and self-identify as Christian.

Whitehead Scholarship amounts can range from $500 to $2,000 per year, with a four-year value of $2,000 to $8,000. This scholarship will stack on to any other earned Agnes Scott scholarships.

In order to apply, applicants must submit their Whitehead Scholarship application and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting their Common Application). Complete the application here.

This scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students who express an intention of majoring or minoring in music, and who demonstrate scholastic ability, talent and seriousness of thought, purpose and endeavor. Students who have financial need will be given priority. The scholarship, which is awarded at varying levels from $500 to $5,000 per year, is renewable each year as long as the student continues to major or minor in music. This scholarship will stack on to any other earned academic merit scholarships.

An audition is required as well as the application below. Each applicant should prepare two compositions in contrasting styles for their primary area of applied music (for example:  one lyric, one virtuosic; or one Baroque, one Romantic and one modern). In addition, singers are encouraged to audition singing vocal works in two different languages (one of which may be English). It is recommended that singers and pianists audition from memory. Only the music faculty will hear the auditions, after which they will rank the applicants on the basis of musicality, technique and level of difficulty of the repertoire performed at the audition.

For instruments other than piano and guitar, applicants are encouraged to prepare at least one piece with an accompaniment. Applicants needing an accompanist should send the accompaniments (in the correct key) to the music scholarship coordinator no later than one week before the audition date.

Applicants should submit the Hopkins Scholarship application and their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 1, 2021. Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting their Common Application). Complete the application here.

The Agnes Scott College Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is a highly competitive award available to transfer or non-traditional students who have a minimum of 45 credits, a 3.5 GPA and are current members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Part-time students and those with previous bachelor's degrees are not eligible. The scholarship award begins at $20,000 per year and is renewable.

Applicants should submit the separate application for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship by the application deadline for which they are applying (i.e. June 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester). Applicants may log in to the scholarship application using their admission applicant portal information (received after submitting their Common Application). Complete the application here.

Need-Based Aid

Federal aid is generally awarded based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). U.S. citizens should submit the FAFSA to determine full financial aid eligibility. We recommend submitting the FAFSA by your application deadline; however, our priority deadline for filing is January 15. The Agnes Scott College FAFSA school code is 001542. All students receiving federal or state aid must maintain Agnes Scott College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Here is what you can expect from federal and state aid programs and how they work at Agnes Scott College. For your convenience, please check out our financial aid worksheet.

Your need-based financial aid award is based on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and your Cost of Attendance. Your EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education based on your completed FAFSA. Whether or not you are eligible for a merit-based scholarship, you may qualify for need-based financial aid. The FAFSA must be submitted every year after October 1, preferably no later than January 15 for incoming students and May 1 for returning students. Students receiving need-based aid must maintain Agnes Scott College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is based on:

  • Parent and student income
  • Parent and student current assets
  • Federal taxes paid
  • Number of people dependent on the family's income
  • Number of children in the family attending college
  • Ages(s) of parents(s)

Cost of Attendance Includes:

  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & Board or commuter living expenses
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Loan fees, if applicable

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Two programs provide outright grant funds based on family EFC, which do not need to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants provide a maximum award of $6,345 for the 2020-2021 award year; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) range from $100 to $4,000 annually. Agnes Scott receives a very small amount of SEOG funding.
These funds provide a portion of the wages paid to students who are awarded campus jobs as a part of their financial aid packages. Incoming students may apply for positions during orientation. Student employees work approximately 8 to 10 hours per week and are paid bi-weekly. Work-study is awarded based on FAFSA eligibility, available funding, available campus positions, and will be listed on your financial aid package if it has been awarded.

These 2.75% fixed-rate loans (for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021) enable students to borrow directly from the Department of Education. Interest is paid by the government on subsidized Stafford loans, which are need-based. Interest accrues on the unsubsidized Stafford loans while the student is in school. Student loan repayment is deferred until six months after graduation or after a student stops attending college at least half-time. Additional unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to dependent students whose parents are not approved for the Federal PLUS loan. This loan is in addition to the student's Federal Stafford Loan.

All first-time borrowers are required to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at studentaid.gov. School certification is required for disbursement and will take place after the loan application process is complete.

 

Loan Limits:

  • First-year undergraduate, dependent student*: $5,500 (maximum $3,500 subsidized)
  • First-year undergraduate, independent student: $9,500 (maximum $3,500 subsidized)
  • Second-year undergraduate, dependent student*: $6,500 (maximum $4,500 subsidized)
  • Second-year undergraduate, independent student: $10,500 (maximum $4,500 subsidized)
  • Third or fourth year undergraduate, dependent student*: $7,500 (maximum $5,500 subsidized)
  • Third or fourth year undergraduate, independent student: $12,500 (maximum $5,500 subsidized)

*Except those whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS loan. For students whose parents cannot, refer to independent student amounts.

 

Aggregate Limits for Stafford Loans

$31,000 for dependent undergraduate students excluding those whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS loan (no more than $23,000 may be subsidized).

$57,500 for independent undergraduate students and dependent undergraduates whose parents are unable to borrow a PLUS loan (no more than $23,000 may be subsidized).

 

Direct Subsidized Loan Time Limitation

Effective July 1, 2013, first-time and new Federal Direct Subsidized Loan borrowers are limited in the amount of time they qualify for an interest subsidy. Students who have exceeded 150% of the published length of their current educational program will be ineligible for additional Federal Direct Subsidized Loans (though you may borrow a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan) and will be responsible for interest on all loans accruing after exceeding the 150% limit.

New borrowers are defined as students with no outstanding federal loan principal balance when they take out a new loan. Transferring between programs does not reset loan eligibility. Interest not paid will be capitalized, effectively increasing your loan principal upon repayment.

The U.S. Department of Education uses the IRS Data Retrieval Process, which allows students and parents to have IRS tax data transferred into the FAFSA. When completing the FAFSA, students will be prompted to use the retrieval process if they are eligible to do so. We strongly encourage students to utilize this process if at all possible. When completing the FAFSA online using the retrieval process, pop-up boxes will appear in situations where additional information is needed that is not available from the IRS data.

The Department of Education randomly selects FAFSA records for a process known as "verification." Colleges are required to confirm or verify specific data elements from the FAFSA according to current federal regulations. The Office of Financial Aid is not able to accept copies of tax return documents. Students selected for verification will be required to submit official IRS transcripts for themselves and their parents to the college unless they use the data retrieval process and do not make any changes to that data. All students selected for verification will need to complete a Verification Worksheet and will be notified if additional documents are needed.

State Aid for Georgia Residents

You qualify as a Georgia resident if your permanent address was in the state of Georgia for the 12 months immediately preceding your enrollment at Agnes Scott. To apply for the following Georgia grants, you must submit both the FAFSA and the Georgia Student Finance Commission's GSFAPPS application at GAfutures.org, and submit proof of legal residency along with a Georgia Residency Form to the Office of Financial Aid.

This is a non-need-based grant for Georgia residents who have recently graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA average or better. For 2020-2021, the full-time HOPE amount is $4,304. To maintain HOPE eligibility each year, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0. HOPE funds can only be received for 127 attempted hours of study. Students may receive either HOPE or Zell Miller but not both.
Georgia residents who graduate from high school with a 3.7 or better grade point average and have at least a 1200 on the SAT qualify for the Zell Miller scholarship. The full-time Zell Miller award for 2020-2021 is $5,616. To maintain eligibility each year, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.3. Zell Miller funds can only be received for 127 attempted hours of study. Students may receive either HOPE or Zell Miller but not both. Incoming students should be aware that Agnes Scott does not add Zell Miller Scholarships to financial aid practices until they are verified by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, generally in June.
This non-need-based grant is awarded to Georgia residents attending an eligible private college or university full-time. The amount for 2020-2021 is $850. The GTEG can only be received for 127 attempted hours of study.

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Email: finaid@agnesscott.edu

Phone: 404.471.6395

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Scholarship Highlight

SUMMIT STEM Scholars Program: A unique community of STEM Scholars.

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The SUMMIT STEM Scholars Program funds scholarships between $2,000-$5,000 per academic year for a selective community of students with an interest in specific STEM fields. The scholarship application is NOW OPEN. Apply by February 1.

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By the Numbers

99.8%
Students who receive some form of aid
88%
First-time, first-year students who qualify for need-based aid
36%
Students who graduate debt-free
$37,437
Average amount of aid received by first-time, first-year students
$7,135
Average first-year student loan debt
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