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Anderson University offers a generous program of competitive scholarships and financial aid. Anderson University has been recognized as one of the most affordable universities in the South. Recently, Anderson ranked among the top 11 universities in the South (public and private) for students accumulating the least educational debt. For the 2015-2016 award year 99.8% of traditional students received financial aid with an average award for freshmen of $25,760 from all sources. Institutional Research and Evaluation has recognized AU as one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for academic quality, value and affordability, for the past seven years.

To apply for financial aid, complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For a list of what you'll need to file. You can complete the FAFSA at or go to for more information. A summary of Anderson University institutional scholarships and grants are listed below.

Scholarships for Fall First-Time Freshmen




AU Fellows Presidential Scholarship

  • In state students must be named a Palmetto Fellow.
  • Out of State Students must have
    3.5 GPA and 1200 SAT or 27 ACT
  • In order to be considered, applicants must submit the required application, participate in the scholarship interview event, and reside in campus housing for their freshmen through their senior year.
  • Please contact the admission office for scholarship deadlines

$38,000 per year

President's Scholarship

  • 3.5 High School GPA and
  • 1300 + (Old SAT) or 1360 + (New SAT) or 29+ ACT

$13,000 per year

Founder's Scholarship

  • 3.5 High School GPA and
  • 1150 + (Old SAT) or 1220 (New SAT) or 25 + ACT

$11,000 per year

Provost's Scholarship

  • 3.0 High School GPA and
  • 1000 + (Old SAT) or 1080 + (New SAT) or 21 + ACT

$9,000 per year

Anderson University Grant

  • Awarded to any entering freshmen not receiving a President's, Founder's or Provost's Scholarship

$6,000 per year

Out-of-State Grant

  • Awarded to any out-of-state entering freshman

$3,000 per year

Gold Grant

  • Need-Based grant
  • FAFSA required

amounts vary

Ministry Vocational Scholarship

  • Awarded to any qualifying entering first-time freshman or transfer in the College of Christian Studies and pursuing a call to ministry
  • Must complete application
  • Contact the College of Christian Studies for application and requirements

$500 per year

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Fall Entering Students 




Denmark Scholarship

  • Applicants must be first-time freshmen
  • Minimum 3.25 High School GPA and 1080+ SAT or 21+ ACT required for scholarship consideration
  • Please contact the admission office for scholarship deadlines

$500 to $3,000 per year

Boys and Girls State Scholarship

  • Awarded to any first-time entering freshmen or transfer. Must reside in campus housing for freshmen and sophomore year.
  • Must be named a Boys or Girls State citizen

$1,000 per year

Palmetto Boys State Presidential Scholarship

  • Anderson University is privileged to serve as the host site for the annual Palmetto Boys State event. In recognition of this special partnership, Anderson University has committed one $10,000 per year Palmetto Boys State Presidential Scholarship to be awarded each year. In order to be considered, applicants must be named a Palmetto Boys State Citizen, submit the required application, participate in the scholarship interview event, and reside in campus housing for their freshmen through their senior year.

$10,000 per year

College Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available for first-time freshmen and transfer students in select majors. Scholarships are competitive and are limited in quantity. These include the following colleges or schools:

  • School of Interior Design – Awards vary. Contact Anne Martin, Dean of the School of Interior Design ( for scholarship requirements and application.
  • The South Carolina School of the Arts Scholarship Competitions
    • Music – awards vary; audition required for admission to the Music program and for scholarship consideration
    • Theatre – awards vary; audition required for admission to the Theatre program and for scholarship consideration
    • Visual Arts – awards vary; portfolio review required for scholarship consideration only
    • AUthenticity Touring Group scholarship auditions - the university's premier commercial music and worship leadership touring group
    • To learn more or to register for a South Carolina School of the Arts Scholarship Competition, click here

Please Note

Completion of the FAFSA required to receive AU scholarships and grants. Awards are renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of enrollment. Full-time enrollment at AU required. Awards are limited in quantity. Total financial aid cannot exceed the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. See Academic Catalog for complete financial policies and award renewal criteria. Additionally, Institutional aid resources are limited and the University reserves the right to place a cap on the number of scholarships or grants offered or awarded at any time, or reduce or increase institutional aid at its discretion.

South Carolina State Scholarship Programs

South Carolina State Tuition Grant

South Carolina residents who qualify and complete the FAFSA by June 30th may receive up to $3200 for the 16-17 academic year as a traditional student and up to $1320 for the 16-17 academic year as a non-traditional undergraduate student in SCTG. More information is available at The FAFSA must be completed each year and serves as the SC Tuition Grant application and must be received by the Department of Education on or before June 30th in order to be considered for eligibility. A student may receive a South Carolina Tuition Grant for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) provided he/she makes satisfactory progress towards graduation, applies prior to the June 30th deadline annually, continues to demonstrate financial need, meets all other eligibility requirements, and provided funds are available.

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

Eligible South Carolina residents must meet two (2) of the following three (3) criteria: a 3.0 high school GPA (State Uniform Grading Scale), 1100 SAT (Math and Verbal Score) or 24 ACT score, or top 30 percent of high school graduating class in order to receive this $5,000 scholarship. For renewal students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete 30 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters). For incoming freshmen students, the Financial Aid Planning Office, upon receipt of the final high school transcript, determines eligibility for the scholarship. You may receive the SC LIFE Scholarship for no more than 8 semesters for a four-year degree. If you are receiving SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship you are not eligible for the SC LIFE Scholarship.

South Carolina HOPE Scholarship

Scholarship for first time freshmen students who do not meet the requirements for the LIFE Scholarship only. Students with a 3.0 grade point average (State Uniform Grading Scale) but do not meet one of the other LIFE scholarship requirements are eligible. The scholarship awards $2,800 for the academic year. HOPE can only be received for two semesters and cannot be combined with the LIFE Scholarship. The Financial Aid Planning Office, upon receipt of the final high school transcript, determines eligibility for the scholarship.

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows

State scholarship of $6,700 for a student's first year, and $7,500 for the second, third, and fourth years. Eligible students must have a 3.5 GP A, 1200 SAT (Math and Verbal Scores) and be in the top 6 percent of class rank in order to be considered. Students can apply through their high school guidance office. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn 30 hours per academic year (fall, spring and summer terms) in order to remain eligible. For more information about deadline dates and eligibility information, see

Note: If a home school student is unable to obtain rank verification, he/she may also be eligible to apply for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship using the alternative criteria of scoring at least 1400 SAT (Math and Verbal Scores) or 32 ACT and earning a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA on the uniform grading scale.

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship Enhancements

The State of South Carolina has created $2,500 per year Enhancements for Palmetto Fellows and/or LIFE Scholarship recipients majoring in science or math fields. To receive the Enhancement, a student must be a second year student or beyond and meet first-year requirements. First Year requirements, complete at least: 14 hours in Science or Math. The first-year requirements must be completed in the student's first year which includes the fall, spring and summer semesters. To meet the first-year requirements, students can use credits from AP/IB/CLEP, high school dual enrollment, courses taken the summer before the first year and courses taken as pass/fail. Please note that although these types of courses count toward the first-year requirements for an enhancement, they do not count toward meeting the renewal criteria of Palmetto Fellows.

Developmental, remedial and non-degree (do not apply towards graduation) courses do not count for the first-year requirements.

View eligible majors and course.

South Carolina Teaching Fellowship

State program that awards up to $6,000 fellowship to eligible applicants who wish to pursue a career in teaching. This is a loan that can be forgiven for teaching within the state. One year of teaching cancels each year the Fellowship was received. $5,700 of the fellowship is applied to direct university costs while the remaining $300 is escrowed by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) for summer enrichment programs. Students must earn a 2.75 GPA and earn 30 hours per academic year to renew the Fellowship. Students can contact their guidance counselor or the Anderson University Teaching Fellow Program Director at (864) 231-2143. Recipients of this scholarship will not qualify for the College of Education Scholarship

*DISCLAIMER: Changes could occur at any time for these programs. You may access the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) Website or call them at (803) 737-2260 for the latest information available. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds to be appropriated by the South Carolina Legislature. Any student who attempts to obtain or obtains State Scholarships through means of a willfully false statement or failure to reveal any material fact, condition or circumstances affecting eligibility will be subject to applicable civil or criminal penalties, including loss the State Scholarships.

Note: Many scholarships and stipends may be combined with other sources of financial assistance for which a student is eligible. However, a student may not receive financial aid over the cost of attendance. Students who want to be considered for scholarships must be unconditionally accepted for admission prior to deadlines. Students who are awarded scholarships or stipends are required to be in good academic standing. These students must also be free of any current discipline code violation and may not be on disciplinary probation. Students must not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or state financial aid program. Scholarship information is accurate at the time of publication. Availability of funds and other factors may change.

*For further information about scholarships and other financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid Planning at 864-231-2070.