Institutional Scholarships

Methodist University offers a variety of Institutional Scholarships. Specific eligibility requirements and guidelines are listed for each scholarship. However NO institutional scholarships will be offered to a student who attends Methodist University in excess of five academic years (10 semesters), regardless of whether the student received financial aid for all five academic years (10 semesters). A student must be degree-seeking, enrolled full time (12 s.h. or more) in the DAY program and completing his/her first bachelor’s degree to be considered for any institutional scholarships. A full-time DAY degree-seeking student who received their first degree at Methodist University and are now seeking a second bachelor’s degree, may be eligible for a Founders Scholarship. A full-time DAY degree-seeking student completing their second bachelor’s degree, but did NOT receive their first degree from Methodist University, may be eligible for a Presidential, Founders and Opportunity, Pastor’s Certificate and Greatest Gift. Students who intend to compete in intercollegiate athletic programs should be aware that Methodist University is a Division III NCAA Institution and has no scholarship funds based on athletic skills or ability.

All institutional scholarship amounts vary depending on whether the student is living off campus or residing on campus. In some instances, scholarships can be taken away if the student moves off campus, drops below full time status, or withdraws during the semester.

There is a cap on institutional / endowed scholarships funds a student can receive per semester for on-campus/ off-campus. For cap amounts, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. The scholarships that exceed the cap are as follows:

Methodist University offers several performance scholarships. However the student must successfully complete the minimum requirements as set forth by the department offering the scholarship. All performance scholarships can exceed the institutional cap (up to $2,000) for the current academic year. Performance scholarships are not official until the department notifies the Office of Financial Aid. There are NO institutional scholarships available for graduate programs.

Endowed Scholarships

Methodist University offers a variety of Endowed Scholarships. All endowed scholarships are offered annually by the Office of Financial Aid to full time 12 hours in the DAY program who are degree-seeking students, and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.ed.gov and are seeking their first bachelor’s degree.

Pastor’s Certificate

Initial enrollment of a (MU) undergraduate freshman or transfer student in their first semester as a full time (12 hours) DAY student. Student must be referred by a United Methodist Pastor. This Certificate is valued at $125-$1,000 per academic year for residential students and valued at $125-$750 per academic year for commuting students. This certificate is considered part of the institutional cap; however, an amount of $125 per academic year will be awarded if the student has reached the institutional cap.

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA after their first year at MU. Certificate eligibility is a maximum of 4 years (8 semesters). Download the Pastor’s Certificate form or contact the MU Campus Minister for further information.

Sibling

This Scholarship is offered to each dependent sibling who is concurrently enrolled full time (12 Day hours) in the day program at MU. This scholarship is valued at $125-$1,000 per academic year for residential students and valued at $125-$750 per academic year for commuting students. Enrollment of each sibling must be verified at the beginning of each semester. The Sibling Scholarship is considered part of the institutional cap; however, an amount of $125 per academic year will be offered if the student(s) has reached the institutional cap.

Priority Deadline

The priority deadline for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://studentaid.ed.gov for Methodist University is June 1.

Returning Students

For maximum consideration of all MU need-based funds (Founders Grant, Work-Study, etc.), the FAFSA and the student’s financial aid file MUST be completed by the priority deadline of June 1.