Scholarships & Grants

Note that the scholarships and granted listed below are subject to change year-to-year. Official awards are listed on the student's financial aid award letter.


First-year students
We consider students for scholarships based on holistic measures. The chart below is meant to serve as a helpful guide rather than a rigid rubric in terms of the types of attributes we look for in candidates for scholarship consideration. These are "and/or" statements meaning that a student may qualify for a certain category based on some but not all of the listed general descriptions below. Those most likely to receive consideration for the top awards should exhibit multiple characteristics of the award category (e.g. GPA plus test scores) rather than just one (e.g. GPA).
RangeGPA/Rank RangeSAT/ACT /CLT*
Founder's Scholarship $16,000 or full tuition (3) 4.0 / Top 5% 1400 / 30 / 100
President's Scholarship $14,000 3.8 / Top 10% 1300 / 28 / 90
Dean's Scholarship $12,000 3.6 / Top 15% 1200 / 25 / 80
Faculty Scholarship $10,000 3.4  / Top 20% 1100 / 22 / 70
Director's Scholarship* $8,000 3.2 / Top 25% 1000 / 20 / 60
Counselor's Scholarship* $6,000 3.0 / Top 30% 1000 / 20 / 60


  • 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.
  • Scholarships are renewed annually, providing the student maintains a set GPA at the end of each year (3.25 for Founder's and 3.0 for all others except counselors' at a 2.75 minimum). 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 academic and other information until March. for 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.
  • As an NCAA DIII provisional member, participation in athletics will not be considered when awarding students financial aid, including need-based grants and merit-based aid.
  • Our top Founder's Scholarship - the James S. Luckey Scholarship - is locked at an amount equal to 100% of the student's first year tuition cost, and is renewable for up to 3 subsequent years at Houghton College. A James S. Luckey recipient is not eligible for other institutional aid. If a student receives New York State TAP or the Federal Pell Grant, they will be combined with the JSL Scholarship to meet full-tuition costs. Loans and outside scholarships can be added to cover room, board and other educational costs. Houghton offers up to 3 JSL awards and consideration for these awards is through the Honors at Houghton interview process.
  • Only the Counselor's and Director's Awards are available for students who opt to apply test-optional; those who wish to be considered for awards at the Faculty level or above must submit a college entrance examination score.
  • Houghton College now accepts the Classic Learning Test, an alternative to the SAT or ACT.
For transfer students: ($6,000 - full tuition)
Transfer students with a college GPA of at least a 3.0 will be considered for scholarships up to full tuition. Transfer applicants who are Phi Theta Kappa members in good academic standing will be guaranteed to receive at least the Faculty Scholarship. In some cases, exceptional transfer applicants will receive consideration for awards up to full tuition based on the quality of their academic profile and evidence of exceptional school/church/community engagement.

Other Grants and Scholarships

Honors Scholarships
Candidates for Honors at Houghton are considered both for placement in to our selective honors experiences as well as for our top Founder's award - the James S. Luckey Full-Tuition Scholarship. 

National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists will receive automatic consideration for Honors at Houghton, including automatic Founders' award and consideration for the James S. Luckey Full-tuition Scholarship.
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
  • Diversity
  • 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
  • Students who reside in a county surrounding Houghton
Art Scholarships
The art department of Houghton College has a limited number of partial tuition scholarships available for incoming freshmen interested in majoring in art.

These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional ability through the scholarship portfolio requirements. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year, and are renewed each year that the student remains a declared art major in good academic standing.

More information about art scholarships
Alumni Grant ($1,000/year)
A $1,000 grant will be awarded to students who are dependents of a Houghton alumna/alumnus. Excludes students who qualify for top music awards or the James S. Luckey full-tuition award.
Matching Scholarships
Houghton College will match scholarships awarded to undergraduate main campus students by their local church or a Dollars for Scholars Scholarship (submit award letter only; no matching form necessary) up to $750 per year. The funds given by the outside source can equal more than $750, but Houghton College will only match $750 ($375 per term). The gift must come from the church and not be funneled from the parents. The church must submit an award form to ensure a matching scholarship each year. Find the required form for the church match scholarship, with additional details, on our Applications and Forms page.
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 by the Student Financial Services Office in conjunction with department heads (when required) on the basis of academic achievement at Houghton and financial need. There is no application process. View a list of available 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.
RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships (earn up to $12,000/year)
Through RaiseMe, students can earn micro-scholarships toward Houghton tuition for their progress and accomplishments throughout high school, starting as early as ninth grade. Students can earn these micro-scholarships for a broad range of achievements, such as taking a leadership role in activities, improving their GPA, or completing certain courses.

Scholarships awarded by Houghton on RaiseMe represent the guaranteed minimum amount of scholarship or grant aid you will receive in your Houghton financial aid package. If you receive a larger scholarship award in your financial aid package through the admission application process, then that package will replace, but not combine, the amount that you have earned on RaiseMe.

Houghton’s RaiseMe partnership is available for all high school students in the United States who seek admission to Houghton College. It is not open to international, online-only, or returning Houghton College students.

Create an account on RaiseMe and get started today! Complete your RaiseMe profile by November 1 of your Senior year.
SAGE Tuition Rewards
Students can earn Tuition Rewards points through their family’s affiliation with financial partners of SAGE Scholars, Inc. Affiliates include 529 Plans, banks, credit unions, investment managers, employers, etc. Students must be enrolled in the SAGE database prior to August 31 of the year 11th grade begins, and Tuition Rewards points can be earned or allocated up until August 31 of the year 12th grade begins (no points can be earned after this point). Houghton College will provide a minimum scholarship equal to the amount of Tuition Rewards points (points will be spread equally over four years).

Scholarships awarded by Houghton through Sage Scholars, Inc. represent the guaranteed minimum amount of scholarship or grant aid you will receive in your Houghton financial aid package. If you receive a larger scholarship award in your financial aid package through the admission application process, then that package will replace, but not combine, the amount that you have earned through Sage Scholars, Inc.

More information about SAGE Tuition Rewards 
High School Grant
High school students may take up to eight hours per semester and receive a study grant equal to 50 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 Scholarships

Wesleyan Grant ($1,500/year)
Students who regularly attend church within The Wesleyan Church will receive a Wesleyan Grant in the amount of $1,500. Excludes students who qualify for top music awards or the James S. Luckey full-tuition award.
Wesleyan PK/MK Grants (amount varies)
Based on financial need, dependents of a full-time ordained minister within The Wesleyan Churchor a Global Partners missionary may receive at least half-tuition in grants and scholarships. The ultimate amount awarded will depend on financial need. This grant will be awarded in place of the Wesleyan Grant.
Willard J. Houghton Ministerial Scholarship ($5,000/year)
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.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships

As part of the audition process for the Greatbatch School of Music and Scholarship Competition, the following exclusive per-year awards are offered:

  • Full-tuition President's Scholarship (1)
  • $25,000 Fortissimo Scholarships (up to 3)
  • $20,000 Forte Scholarships (up to 3)

These awards are offered to outstanding first-year undergraduate student majoring in music. Music students who audition and complete the music application process prior to February 15 will be considered for these awards. Those not selected for the above awards will be considered for a music performance grant or scholarship. Recipients will be notified of selection by March 1.

Performance Grants and Fellowships
Music majors not selected for an exclusive music scholarship (see above), may be considered for a music performance award on the basis of performance ability and musical promise. Auditioning students are considered for scholarship opportunities on average between $2,000 to $5,000 per year. This is a merit award and will not be stacked on top of any Houghton College need-based financial aid.
Ensemble Awards
Participation in the school of music is open to any student, regardless of intent to major in music. There are also a small number of ensemble scholarships available to students who audition for music and participate in the school of music. These awards are up to $1500 per academic year and students must audition prior to February 1 to be considered. Please see the school of music website for additional information and criteria.
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are available each year to graduate students in the Greatbatch School of Music.  Generally, these positions are awarded to students within their major field of study or for services in which they hold special expertise.  Graduate assistants may be offered full or partial tuition remission and up to $10,000 in stipend money, and have opportunity to gain experience in various performance, professorial support, staff and (where appropriate) teaching duties that support and supplement the work of the faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music.

The scholarships listed here do not apply to Houghton Online Programs tuition.