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Financial Assistance & Scholarships for Transfer Students

Are you worried about the cost of attendance and being able to afford Catawba College? We provide 100% of our full-time day transfer students with a grant and scholarship.  Read about the scholarships and financial assistance available for transfer students below:

Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships
Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships are based on a student’s academic performance in high school and/or prior college. All students are automatically considered for the following Merit-Based Scholarships once they are granted admission to the Catawba College::

Merit Scholarships
(Presidential, Trustee, Deans, Pillars, and Founders Scholarships)

$8,000 to $20,000
Awarded based on a combination of SAT or ACT Composite Score & weighted academic grade point average for first-year students and transfer GPA for Day Transfer students.

Transfer Excellence Award Scholarships

Up to $2000 
Award based on excellence demonstrated in prior college-level studies and strong potential in future career. Requires full-time status and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, maintained while enrolled.

 

Major-Based Departmental Scholarships
Major-Based Departmental Scholarships

Major-Based Departmental Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 and are based on a student’s interest in a particular major at Catawba College. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria and requirements as well as an application process. New, incoming transfer students may be eligible for the following major-based department scholarships:

Tom Smith Business Scholarships 

Up to $3,000
Combined score of 1050 or greater (ACT Composite equal to 23 or greater) and an academic grade point average of 3.0 or above. Includes any major in the School of Business.

Chemistry Scholarships 

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Chemistry and is based on financial need.

Computer Science Scholarships   

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Computer Science and is based on financial need.

English Scholarships  

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Literature, Writing, English, or Creative Writing and is based on financial need.

Environmental Scholarships 

Amount varies
May be offered to incoming students majoring in an environmental degree program upon acceptance to Catawba College.

History Scholarships  

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming  students majoring in History upon acceptance to Catawba College.

Mathematics Scholarships  

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming  students majoring in Mathematics upon acceptance to Catawba College.

Performing Arts Scholarships  

Amount varies depending on field
Vary depending upon field. Audition required.

Politics Scholarships 

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Pre-Law, Administration of Justice, Politics, or Public Administration and is based on financial need.

Psychology Scholarships  

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Psychology and is based on financial need.

Religion & Philosophy Scholarships  

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Religion & Philosophy and is based on financial need.

Sociology Scholarships 

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Sociology and is based on financial need.

Spanish Scholarships 

Up to $2,500
May be offered to incoming students majoring in Spanish and is based on financial need.

Teaching Scholarships 

Up to $5,000
May be offered to incoming students, in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba.

Need-Based Scholarships
Need-Based Scholarships

Catawba Need-Based Scholarships may be awarded to incoming students based on their financial needAs a college recognized for serving a high percentage of low-income and first-generation students, the Financial Aid Office may award a Catawba Need-Based Scholarship in order to help students cover their unmet need.

A student’s eligibility for the Catawba Need-Based Scholarship is determined by using information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and would be included in a student’s original Financial Aid Award Package, if eligible. Students must have a valid FAFSA to be considered for Catawba Need-Based Scholarships.

Additional Scholarships
Additional Scholarships

Additional Catawba Scholarships are awarded to students based on a student’s participation in Athletic Teams, Programs, and Clubs on Catawba College’s campus.

Athletic Grant in Aid

Amount varies depending on sport
Must meet NCAA minimum requirements

Band Scholarship

Amount varies from $2,000 to $5,000 (over four years of study)
Participation in Band Program on Catawba campus

Cheerleading Scholarship

Amount varies from $2,000 to $5,000 (over four years of study)
Participation in Cheerleading Program on Catawba campus

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Amount $1000
Submission of PTK Certificate to Admissions Required upon acceptance to Catawba College.

External Scholarship Opportunities
External Scholarship Opportunities

Finding and applying for additional, external scholarships is a great way to make Catawba College an affordable option for any student. These additional scholarships can typically be added on top of a student’s financial aid package to help reduce the out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College or reduce the amount a student may need to take in student loans.

View External Scholarship Opportunities


Federal Grants

  • The Federal Pell Grant is a grant awarded based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to undergraduate students and does not need to be paid back.
  • The Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded on first come first serve basis and based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to undergraduate students and does not need to be paid back.


North Carolina Scholarships and Loans

  • The North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to undergraduate, North Carolina Residents attending private colleges and based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA and does not need to be paid back.
  • Additional North Carolina Scholarship and Loan Opportunities for North Carolina Residents can be found by visiting the College Foundation of North Carolina website at www.cfnc.org. Each of these additional scholarships and loan opportunities have specific criteria and requirements as well as application processes.

 

Federal and Institutional Employment Programs

  • Federal Work-Study and Campus Employment Programs are a financial aid award offered based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to allow undergraduate students to work as a part-time employee of Catawba College. Federal Work-Study or Campus Employment will be listed as financial aid awards on a student’s Financial Aid Award Letter if the student qualifies and funds are available. Learn about the Catawba College’s Work-Study Waitlist.


Student Loans

  • Federal Direct Student Loans may be awarded on a student’s Financial Aid Award Letter based on a student’s submitted FAFSA application. A Federal Direct Student Loan is money given to a student to help pay for college from the federal government and must be repaid including interest.
  • Private Student Loans are student loans given to a student to help pay for college from private banks and lenders. A Private Student Loan must be paid back with interest and should be used as a final option to pay a student’s out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College.


Parent Loans

  • The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is a loan a parent of an undergraduate student can use to pay a student’s out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College. Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans can be applied for by visiting www.studentloans.gov.