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Scholarships & Aid

 

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to Covenant students in four basic categories: Scholarships, Grants, Work-Study, and Loans

 

Scholarships

Merit Scholarships (based on your application for admission)

The average academic profile of a Trustees’ Scholarship recipient is a 4.0 GPA and a 33 ACT or 1480 SAT or 102 CLT

The average academic profile of a Founders' Scholarship recipient is a 3.95 GPA and a 30 ACT or 1380 SAT or 93 CLT

The average academic profile of a Tower Scholarship recipient is a 3.82 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1320 SAT or 88 CLT

The average academic profile of a Thistle Scholarship recipient is a 3.67 GPA and a 26 ACT or 1250 SAT or 83 CLT

The average academic profile of a Shield Scholarship recipient is a 3.5 GPA and a 23 ACT or 1130 SAT or 75 CLT

The average academic profile of a Tartan Scholarship recipient is a 3.4 GPA and a 20 ACT or 1040 SAT or 67 CLT

 

Competitive Scholarships

First-time, degree-seeking students* who qualify are encouraged to apply for any or all of the following competitive scholarships listed below.

The deadline for all scholarships (except Music Scholarships, see details on the Music Audition Form) is November 15.

In order to access the scholarship application forms, a prospective student must submit their application for admission first.

* First-time, degree-seeking student: The Federal Department of Education defines this as a student who has never attended any college or other post-secondary institution since graduation from high school. These students may have earned college credit through dual-enrollment classes prior to high school graduation, or attended 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.

The Maclellan Scholars Program offers courses designed to stimulate the thinking and develop the skills of potential Christian leaders. First-time, degree-seeking students* planning to enroll in a four-year program at Covenant College or in the college’s dual-degree program are eligible to be selected as Maclellan Scholars. Maclellan Scholar recipients may apply a maximum of 30 hours of advanced standing credit toward their Covenant degree program. These credits can be AP, IB, CLEP and/or dual enrolled credits. This full-tuition scholarship is based on Christian commitment, scholastic achievement, demonstration of leadership ability, and extracurricular activities. The Maclellan Scholarship is mutually exclusive with our other institutional aid and in certain circumstances (state and federal aid eligibility) can be applied to other costs of attendance.

Requirements

  1. Completed application for admission by November 15
  2. Completed Scholarship Application (In order to access the scholarship application forms, a prospective student must submit their application for admission first.)
  3. Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.85
  4. Have a SAT minimum of 1320 (reading/writing + math), or ACT minimum score of 28, or CLT minimum score of 90
  5. Attend one of our Scholarship Weekends if chosen as a finalist (January 21-22, 2022 or February 4-5, 2022 -- virtual option: January 24-25, 2022)

The Wilberforce Scholarship is a $15,000 scholarship awarded to first-time, degree-seeking students* from multiple regions who want to make a difference in their communities and who demonstrate a commitment to Christ and who exhibit leadership, academic diligence, and an interest in extracurricular activities.

Each student who applies for the Wilberforce Scholarship will receive a financial aid package by December 15. If the student has completed a FAFSA, this award will include any federal need-based aid. Should a student win the Wilberforce Scholarship, the student will receive $15,000 in Wilberforce funds not to exceed the cost of tuition, which could result in the replacement of some named scholarships. The Wilberforce Scholarship is stackable with other aid up to the cost of tuition.

Requirements

  1. Completed application for admission
  2. Completed Scholarship Application (In order to access the scholarship application forms, a prospective student must submit their application for admission first.)
  3. No academic minimums in order to compete
  4. Live or attend school or church in: the Atlanta, GA, area; Birmingham, AL, area; Dalton, GA, area; Gainesville, GA, area; Chattanooga, TN area; Nashville, TN, area; or Columbia, MO, area.

The Presidential Scholarship is for first-time, degree-seeking students* who plan to enroll in a four-year academic program at Covenant College. This $5,000 scholarship is based on a student’s scholastic achievement, work ethic, a demonstrated commitment to Christ, and overall institutional fit at Covenant College.

Requirements

  1. Completed application for admission
  2. Completed Scholarship Application (In order to access the scholarship application forms, a prospective student must submit their application for admission first.)
  3. Have the following minimum test scores: SAT minimum of 1200 (reading/writing + math); minimum ACT of 24; or minimum CLT of 76
  4. Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  5. Attend one of our Scholarship Weekends if chosen as a finalist (January 21-22, 2022 or February 4-5, 2022 -- virtual option: January 24-25, 2022)

The Visual Arts & Theatre Scholarships are for first-time, degree-seeking students* who plan to enroll in a four-year academic program at Covenant College. This $5,000 scholarship is based on a student’s scholastic achievement, artistic achievement, work ethic, a demonstrated commitment to Christ, and overall institutional fit at Covenant College. (You do not have to declare art or theatre as a major in order to compete for these scholarships.)

Requirements

  1. Completed application for admission
  2. Completed Scholarship Application (In order to access the scholarship application forms, a prospective student must submit their application for admission first.)
  3. No academic minimums in order to compete
  4. Attend one of our Scholarship Weekends if chosen as a finalist (January 21-22, 2022 or February 4-5, 2022 -- virtual option: January 24-25, 2022)

Covenant offers music scholarships, which are awarded based on a student's contribution to the music program. (You do not have to declare music as a major in order to compete for this scholarship.) Students with a major or minor in music receive higher awards.

Prospective students should complete the Music Audition Application as soon as possible, but no less than ten days before the scheduled audition.

Early auditions are encouraged because of the competitive nature of awards. To be considered for a music scholarship, you must audition by the final visit day in the spring for full consideration.

 

State Scholarships

Georgia state residents may be eligible for the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant with the completion of the application and HOPE Scholarship or the Zell Miller Scholarship based on residency and grade point average.

 

Grants

Grants are typically based on a student’s financial need determined by the FAFSA, but we also offer grants based on other criteria which are determined from your application for admission. Your need is determined by calculating the Cost of Attendance (COA - which includes allowances for books, travel, and miscellaneous expenses in addition to tuition and fees) and subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which you may determine by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Covenant College Grants

Federal Grants

Based on your FAFSA, you could be eligible for need-based federal grants.

 

Work-Study

The federal government provides some funding for students to work and receive a paycheck while they are a college student. You may work for our facilities services department, admissions office, or grounds department, for example. You can see our Student Employment Handbook or Work Study FAQ for more information.

View the list of open Work-Study positions >

 

Loans

Optional Federal Direct Loans

Federal Student Loans are available to any student who completes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The types of Federal Student Loans available are the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan and Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Once the FAFSA is received, the loan type/s will be determined and included in the award package. If the student chooses to accept any or all of the loans offered, they will need to complete the necessary requirements, such as, the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. Note: Student, your FAFSA ID will be required to complete the Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note. Parents please do NOT complete these steps for your student. This is their legal requirement in order to receive the loans.

Students are eligible for additional loan funds after advancing from freshmen to sophomore class level, and then from sophomore to junior/senior class level. This eligibility from a change in class level can occur from fall to spring or between years of study. In order to receive these additional funds, please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@covenant.edu to determine your eligibility.

Some very helpful financial literacy information is also available on the Student Aid web site. Please complete the counseling and forward your completion status to Covenant.

Loan information is available at studentaid.gov, where you would complete your Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note) and Entrance Counseling. This is the web site for completing the required Exit Counseling upon falling below ½ time enrollment. Enrollment data is submitted to the National Student Clearinghouse by the Office of Records on a regular basis.

The Federal Parent PLUS Loan is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students enrolled full-time. The purpose of this type of loan is to assist with filling the financial gap after all other aid is applied. The amount of the PLUS Loan and all other aid awarded to the student combined cannot exceed the cost of attendance budget. If the parent chooses to take out a Parent PLUS Loan, they will need to complete the necessary requirements, such as, the Master Promissory Note. Note: Your FAFSA ID will be required to complete the PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note.

 

Optional Non-Federal Private Loans

It is recommended that students exhaust all federal grant and loans available to you before considering a private (alternative) loan. You may qualify for loans or other assistance as Federal Student Title IV Aid and the terms and conditions of these loans may be more favorable than the provisions of private education loans.

Covenant College does not have a Preferred Lender List. A list of lenders our families have used in the past for non-federal loans is available here. There are no special arrangements with any lender nor does it make recommendations for private education loans to our students. Students may receive private education loans from any lender by choosing and applying directly with a lender.

 

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Art

  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor

Biology

  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor

Business

  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor

Chemistry

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor

Economics & Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Economics 
  • Community Development minor
  • Economics minor

Education

  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration

English

  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Linguistics minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History & Politics

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 

International Studies

  • International Studies 

Mathematics

  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor

Music

  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Theory/Composition Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor

Philosophy

  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor

Physics

  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 

Psychology

  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor

Sociology

  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor

Theatre

  • Theatre 
  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor