Scholarships & Grants
Academic Scholarships (for first-year students: $4,000 to $10,000)
To qualify, a student needs to have at least an 1100 SAT (Math & Critical Reading only) OR at leat a 24 ACT and at least a 3.25 (unweighted) GPA.
1300 - 1390 SAT
|1200 - 1290 SAT
|1100 - 1190 SAT
|3.6 - 3.79||$8,000||$8,000||$6,000||$6,000|
|3.4 - 3.59||$8,000||$6,000||$6,000||$4,000|
|3.2 - 3.39||$6,000||$6,000||$4,000||$4,000|
- The SAT score used for Academic Scholarships includes the student's highest scores on the critical reading and math sections. The high school GPA is based on a 4.0 scale. Weighted GPAs will be re-calculated.
- Academic Scholarships are renewed annually, providing the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of each year. Full-time attendance is required.
- Students may qualify for additional financial aid awards (performance, need-based, federal or state) upon completing the financial aid application process by submitting the FAFSA.
- Admitted students may submit new GPA and SAT/ACT results until March 1, 2013 for academic scholarship consideration. Students who apply and are admitted after March 1 will receive consideration for an academic scholarship based on test scores and GPA submitted as part of the application process.
Academic Scholarships (for transfer students: $4,000 to $8,000)
Transfer students with a college GPA of at least a 3.25 will be considered for an Academic Scholarship in the range of $4,000 to $8,000 per year. Phi Theta Kappa members in good academic standing will receive a minimum of a $4,000 Academic Scholarship.
Other Grants and Scholarships
Excellence and James S. Luckey Scholarships ($1000/$4,000 to full-tuition)
These awards will be given to select students in a competitive scholarship process with awards in the amounts of $1000 or $4,000 for Excellence recipients or full-tuition for the James S. Luckey award (named in honor of Houghton's first president). Students wishing to be considered should demonstrate exemplary academic performance, meaningful co-curricular involvement, active Christian service and evidence of excellence in one of the four scholarship categories. To qualify for consideration, students must be granted admission to the college and to have submitted all Excellence and James S. Luckey scholarship materials on or before January 4 (the earlier the better as there will be a set number of invitations extended). Serious applicants will have earned at least a 3.25 overall GPA. Awards will be given in the following areas:
- Science and Technology
- Global Engagement
- The Arts (Visual Arts & Writing)
- Community Impact
The application for the Excellence and James S. Luckey Scholarship is now closed for Fall 2013.
Heritage Scholarship ($12,000)
Houghton's highest academic award is the Heritage Scholarship. These awards are renewable annually with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. Eligible students who have been accepted for admission will be invited to apply for these scholarships as part of the application/interview process for the Houghton Honors Program. A Heritage Scholarship will take the place of a student's academic scholarship.
National Merit Scholarship ($10,000 Academic Award)
National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be awarded the top Academic Scholarship of $10,000 per year. These students may also apply for additional scholarships in the form of the Excellence or James S. Luckey Scholarships.
Houghton College Grants (amount varies)
Houghton College provides financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need or who exhibit other positive personal qualities. Consideration for Houghton Grants is given, but not limited to, students with the following characteristics:
- Financial need
- Co-curricular involvement
- Service to school, church, and/or community
- Parents employed in full-time Christian service as ministers or missionaries
- Relatives who are alumni of Houghton College
- Have more than one family member enrolled at Houghton
Performance Scholarships are awarded to students who display exceptional talent in fine arts. Art and music faculty may nominate candidates to the Student Financial Services Office. Awards are renewed annually if satisfactory participation in the area of performance and a minimum 2.0 GPA are maintained.
Alumni Grant ($1,000 )
A $1,000 grant will be awarded to students who are a dependent of a Houghton alumna/alumnus.
Houghton College will match scholarships awarded to students by their local church or a Dollars for Scholars Scholarship up to $750 per year. The scholarship given by the outside source can be more than $750, but Houghton College will only match $750 ($375 per term). The gift must come from the church and not be directly funneled from the parents. The church must submit an award form to ensure a matching scholarship each year. Find the required form with additional details on our Applications and Forms page.
Timothy R. Fuller Grant (up to $6,000)
Students who reside in a county surrounding Houghton may be eligible to receive the Fuller Grant, a need-based award up to $6,000 per year.
- Allegany (N.Y.)
- Cattaraugus (N.Y.)
- Livingston (N.Y.)
- McKean (P.A)
- Potter (P.A.)
- Steuben (N.Y.)
- Wyoming (N.Y.)
Canadian Grant (up to $4,000)
Canadian students will receive a grant up to $4,000 based on evidence of financial need 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.
Missionary Kid (MK) Grant (up to $5,000)
U.S. Students whose parents are employed in full-time Christian service as missionaries under the direction of a conference or a mission board may be eligible for the MK Grant. Awards of up to $5,000 per year may be granted based on financial need.
Houghton College Endowed Scholarships (amounts vary)
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. Go here for details on Houghton College Endowed Scholarships.
Campus Challenge and WBB scholarships (amounts vary)
Houghton College will honor 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. Tuition Exchange or Employee Tuition Assistance Grant recipients will not be eligible for Campus Challenge and WBB awards.
High School Grant
High school students may take up to seven hours per semester and receive a study grant equal to 25 percent of the tuition. This applies only to standard courses and excludes independent studies, online courses, tutorials, internships, applied and activity courses in the music, art, communication, and physical education/recreation (including equestrian) departments. The student will be responsible for any associated course or lab fees. This grant may not be held concurrently with any other Houghton grants or scholarships. Students are only eligible to take a specific course if room is available under the normal limits.
Wesleyan Grant ($1,500)
Students who regularly attend church within The Wesleyan Church™ will receive a Wesleyan Grant in the amount of $1,500.
Wesleyan PK/MK Grants (amount varies)
Based on financial need, dependents of a full-time ordained minister within The Wesleyan Church™ or a Global Partners missionary may receive at least half-tuition in grants and scholarships. The ultimate amount awarded will depend on financial need.
Willard J. Houghton Ministerial Scholarship ($5,000)
A $5,000 scholarship is available to students who are preparing for the pastorate within The Wesleyan Church™. To be eligible, a student must register with his or her local District Board of Ministerial Development.