Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid
Applying for Need-based Aid
The first step in applying for need-based aid is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You may complete the FAFSA online. We encourage you to complete it as early as possible, even if you must use last year's tax information until you file your taxes for the current year.
Once you have done this, we will evaluate your application and let you know what type of need-based aid you may qualify for. Even if you are not eligible for federal aid, you may be eligible for institutional need-based aid.
Applying for Scholarships
Most of our institutional scholarships are awarded to students based solely on information we collect during the admissions process and no separate scholarship application is required.
There are several competitive scholarships, however, that do require separate applications. These scholarships are described in detail in the Financial Aid Handbook. The deadline for each is December 1 of the year before you expect to enroll.
Many competitive scholarships require that applicants be first-time, degree-seeking students. The federal Department of Education defines a first-time, degree-seeking student as a student who has never attended any college or other postsecondary institution since graduation from high school. These students may have earned college credit through dual-enrollment classes prior to high-school graduation or attending college for the first time in the summer term just after high-school graduation and just prior to enrolling at Covenant. Students who have attended any college prior to attending Covenant are considered transfer students.
We invite you to contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions about applying for financial aid. We would be glad to help you.