Financial Aid

We are committed to making Houghton affordable to our Canadian families. Our academic scholarships begin at $6,000 per year and can range up to full tuition and you can still qualify and apply your provincial aid (eg. OSAP) toward Houghton. For more information on general financial aid questions, please visit our financial aid web page.

Below is a list of scholarships and grants that are specifically relevant to Canadian students and families. All awards are renewable each year, provided the student meets eligibility requirements.

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.


These awards are based on a student’s academic record and extracurricular engagement. Canadian applicants may qualify for a scholarship without submitting an SAT or ACT. 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 scholarships.

Performance Scholarships

Performance Scholarships, ranging up to full tuition 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 Grant

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

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 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. A list is available here.

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 5-8 hours per week.