A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

* All awards are renewable each year, provided the student meets eligibility requirements.

Up to $4,000 Canadian Grant - Canadian students will be considered for an annually renewable grant of up to $4,000 per year (to a maximum of $16,000 for four years) on top of other financial aid to assist with the exchange differential. The student must be a matriculated full-time student who is a Canadian citizen and whose residence is in Canada.

Houghton College Foundation of Canada Scholarship - Generous Canadian alumni and friends have supported Canadian students through the Foundation of Canada Scholarship Fund. These awards are given to select Canadian students each year and generally amount to $500 - $1,000 per award.

Academic Scholarships - These awards are based on a student's academic record.  For consideration, a student must have SAT scores of 1100 (Math/Critical Reading) or higher or an ACT of 24, and a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher.  Full-time attendance is required.  Transfer students with a college GPA of at least a 3.25 will be considered for an Academic Scholarship.  While Canadians are not required to take the SAT or ACT for admission purposes, the admission office strongly recommends it for those wishing to be considered for the Houghton Honors Program and Academic Scholarships.

Performance Scholarships - Performance Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 per year may be awarded to students who display exceptional talent in fine arts. Art and music faculty may nominate candidates to the Student Financial Services Office.  Scholarships are offered in the following programs: music and art.  Awards are renewed annually if satisfactory participation  in the area of performance and a minimum 2.0 GPA are maintained. 

Houghton College Grants - Houghton College provides financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need or other positive personal qualities.  Consideration for Houghton Grants is given, but not limited to, students with the following characteristics:

  • Financial need
  • Co-curricular involvement
  • Leadership qualities
  • Service to school, church, and/or community
  • Diversity
  • Regular attendance at a Wesleyan church
  • Wesleyan students pursuing full-time Christian service
  • National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Scholars, or National Hispanic Recognition Scholars
  • Parents employed in full-time Christian service as ministers or missionaries
  • Parents or grandparents who are alumni of Houghton College
  • International students
  • Have more than one family member enrolled at Houghton

Matching Scholarships - Houghton College will match  scholarships awarded to a student by their local church or Dollars for Scholars (up to $750 per year).  A $750 gift from a church can become $1,500 toward the student’s cost at Houghton. A student may receive a scholarship from his/her church that is larger than $750, although Houghton College will only match up to $750.

Houghton College Endowed Scholarships - Generous friends of Houghton have funded a number of scholarships, which are awarded according to the wishes of the donors. These scholarships are primarily for returning, full-time students. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement at Houghton and financial need. Specific information about the endowed scholarships may be obtained from the Student Financial Services Office. Recipients of these scholarships must submit a FAFSA by March 1 for priority consideration.

Campus Challenge and WBB scholarships - Houghton College will honor any scholarships to winners of the Wesleyan Campus Challenge and Wesleyan Bible Bowl competitions. Recipients may redeem one quarter of their total scholarship awards per year.

On-Campus Work Opportunities - Each year there are over 600 available jobs within various departments on campus. A social security card is required to obtain work on campus, and Houghton will help Canadian students obtain their card. A student typically works between 8-10 hours per week. 

More information can be found on our financial aid web page.