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Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships do not require repayment.

Grants and scholarships are considered free money and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. These funds can be awarded by the federal government, state government, private sponsors, or Allen University.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an eligible program, have not received a bachelor’s degree, and who demonstrate financial need. The amount of the grant is determined by the Federal Pell Grant Program based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded by the Director of Student Financial Aid to students demonstrating financial need. Students showing exceptional need will be given first consideration for these grants as long as funds are available.

South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission

South Carolina Tuition Grant is awarded to academically eligible South Carolina residents attending Allen University on a full-time basis during the regular academic year. The amount of the South Carolina Tuition Grant is determined by the South Carolina Tuition Grant Commission based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances. Students who fail to enroll full time during the Fall semester forfeit their eligibility for the entire award year.  Eligible students must be enrolled in 12 hours each semester.  SC Tuition Grant does not give funding for classes taken in June or July.  Students receiving 100% of tuition paid by another entity are not eligible for the SC Tuition Grant.  To be eligible to receive SC Tuition Grant funds, students must complete their FAFSA by June 30th and a certification statement each year before November 15th. South Carolina Tuition Grant funds in the spring semester will be split into two disbursements per the new South Carolina Tuition Grant Regulation. 

SC HOPE Scholarships

The SC Hope Scholarship is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for eligible first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution. Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,800.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or LIFE; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.

There is no application required for the SC HOPE Scholarship.  Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.

Renewal Requirements:

  • The HOPE Scholarship is for the first year only.
  • Students must earn a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 30 credit hours (excluding remedial classes) to receive the SC LIFE Scholarship for subsequent years.

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship Program

The Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship was established to provide an incentive for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Eligible full-time students may receive awards as follows:

Initial eligibility:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.

 Student must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  • Rank in the top 30 percent of graduating class; or
  • Score an 1100 SAT or 24 ACT.

There is no application required for the LIFE Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.

Renewal requirements: 

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria
  • Earn a 3.0 LIFE GPA by the end of each academic year (including all grades earned at eligible institutions excluding remedial, continuing ed, non-degree credit courses)
  • Earn an average of 30 non-remedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all hours earned at eligible institutions excluding remedial, continuing ed, non-degree credit courses)

SC LIFE Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the SC LIFE Scholarship may be eligible to receive the SC LIFE Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The SC LIFE Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the SC LIFE Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship was established to retain academically talented high school graduates in the State through awards based on merit. Eligible full- time students may receive up to the following award amount: Up to $6,700 for the first year, $7,500 for second, third, and fourth years annually towards the cost of attendance at an eligible senior institution in South Carolina.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.
  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the UGS at the end of the junior year; and
  • Rank in the top six percent of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year.

Students must not be a recipient of the SC LIFE Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship.

***For application information, please contact the high school guidance counselor if you meet the above criteria.

Renewal requirements: 

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria.
  • Earn cumulative 3.0 GPA at by the end of each academic year (excluding remedial courses).
  • Earn 30 non-remedial credit hours by the end of each academic year at the home institution.

Palmetto Fellows Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The Palmetto Fellows Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.

Federal Work Study 

Federal Work Study allows students who demonstrate financial need to work part-time to earn income. In order to receive federal work study, students must have a 2.0 and be in good academic standing with the university.  Federal work study earnings are paid monthly to help students with living expenses and personal items. Expected earnings are not used toward the student’s account. The priority date is March 15th.

Institutional Scholarships

Allen University is committed to assisting students with scholarship opportunities and offers a variety of scholarships based on academics, athletics and performing arts. Recipients are selected by the University’s scholarship administrators.  Athletic and performing arts awards are made by the appropriate departments based on tryouts and auditions.  Recipients must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and earn a certain GPA to receive these scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships are non-refundable and will be applied towards the tuition and fees of Allen University.  Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), accept all grants and scholarships, and be enrolled as a full time student.  All institutional awards are contingent upon submission of final high school transcript. All other financial aid including outside scholarships will be applied first. This may result in the institutional scholarship being reduced or removed.  Additionally, if the student engages in any egregious action or speech that might be injurious to the institution, the scholarship will be revoked.

To Download Institutional Scholarship Criteria, Click On: 2018-2019 Scholarship Flyer

Presidential Scholarship

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and above, minimum 1100 SAT or 24 ACT score, complete scholarship application by June 15th, the FAFSA submitted by June 15th, and a recommendation letter from a teacher or administrator.  The scholarship will be awarded up to full tuition, room, board, and fees if all requirements are met and the application is approved for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the academic year, earn a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, and submit the FAFSA by June 15th.

To Download Application, Click On: Presidential Scholarship Application

AU Honors Scholarship

Students must have a 3.50 and above GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $5,000.00 annually, $20,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Scholars Scholarship

Students must have a 3.00 to 3.49 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $3,500.00 annually, $14,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Merit Scholarship

Students must have a 2.5 to 2.99 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,000.00 annually, $8,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Admissions Scholarship

Students must have a 2.0 to 2.49 GPA.  The scholarship will be awarded at $1,000.00 annually, $4,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Minority Scholarship

Students must have a 2.50 and above GPA and be a minority.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,500.00 annually, $10,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

AU Assist Scholarship

Students must have a 2.00 and above GPA and be a new spring 2018 student.  The scholarship will be awarded at $2,000.00 annually, $8,000.00 for eight semesters.  To renew this scholarship, students must earn a 2.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year.

Music Scholarship

Music scholarships are awarded by the music faculty and ones for choir are awarded by the Choir Director.  Music scholarship awards vary.

Performing Arts Scholarship

Performing Arts scholarships are awarded to band and ensemble participants that are selected by the Director of Bands. Performing Arts Scholarship Awards vary.

Athletic Scholarship

At the discretion of the Athletic Director, head male/female coaches, Allen University awards Athletic Scholarships to impact players on the university’s NAIA sports teams. Athletic Scholarship award amounts vary.

UNCF Scholarship

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest minority education organization. Allen University is one of the 37 UNCF member institutions. UNCF recommends that students applying for any of its scholarships apply also for the UNCF General Scholarship, which requires undergraduate and graduate college students to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The submission of the student profile automatically submits the student for the scholarship. Please visit www.uncf.org to day to complete your profile and apply for scholarships.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships do not require repayment. Grants and scholarships are considered free money and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. These funds can be awarded by the federal government, state government, private sponsors, or Allen University. Federal Pell Grant Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an eligible program, have not…