Freshmen Scholarships


President's
Award

100% TUITION AND REQUIRED FEES


This is the university’s most prestigious award. To be considered, qualified scholars complete a written essay at a required scholarship compe-
tition. Final selection of recipients is made in February. To compete, you must have one of the following:

  • 3.9+ GPA with 1270 SAT/28+ ACT (or)
  • 1350+ SAT/30+ ACT with minimum 3.00 GPA (or) 
  • Ranked #1/#2 in class with minimum 3.00 GPA

Founder's
Award

$5,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS


The Founder’s Award covers over half of your SVSU tuition and is automatically awarded based on your academic achievement in high school. SVSU recognizes your perse-
verance and drive. Reach out to our admissions reps at any time if you have a question about your academic standing.

  • 3.6+ GPA with 1200+SAT/26+ ACT

Dean's
Award

$4,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS


The Dean’s Award is automatically awarded based on your academic achieve-
ment in high school. At SVSU, we care about making the financial aid easy to under-
stand and smooth to navigate. Reach out to our admissions reps at any time if you have a question about your academic standing.

  • 3.00+ GPA with 1120+SAT/24+ ACT

Cardinal
Award

$3,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS


The Cardinal Award is automatically awarded based on your academic achieve-
ment in high school. Cardinals welcome students from all flocks of life—and with every Cardinal, we offer financial support in recognition of academic effort. Reach out to our admissions reps at any time if you have a question about your academic standing.

  • 3.00+ GPA with 1060-1110 SAT/ 22-23 ACT

University
Award

$2,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS


The University Award is a brand-new scholarship for SVSU students, automatically awarded based on your academic achievement in high school. Reach out to our admissions reps at any time if you have a question about your academic standing.

  • 3.70+ GPA regardless of test score3.00+ GPA
  • 3.00+ GPA with 900-1050 SAT/18-21 ACT


SVSU Opportunity Grant

UP TO $6,000


Available to all admitted, first-time in college students with demonstrated financial need. 

  • FAFSA required
  • Up to $5,000, off-campus students
  • Up to $6,000, on-campus students
  • Renewable for four years with demonstrated financial need 

  
Red & White
Award

REDUCED TUITION


Available to non-Michigan residents.

  • 2.5+ GPA and 900+ SAT/18+ ACT
  • Students will be granted a significantly reduced out-of-state tuition rate

Saginaw
Urban & Civic
Award

UP TO $3,000 


Available to those students living in the Saginaw Promise Zone with demonstrated financial need.

  • FAFSA required
  • High School GPA 3.0+
  • Renewable for four years

  
Legacy
Award

$1,000


Available to new students who are children/step-children of SVSU graduates.

  
Private
Scholarships

UP TO $5,000


Scholarships that reward academic achievement, service, leadership, character and participation in extracurricular activities.  Visit svsu.edu/scholarships for more information. Application available beginning Dec. 1, 2017 to all admitted students. 

THE CARDINAL PLEDGE

"I was a first-generation college student who worked full-time for the Detroit Police Department while in school. I understand the financial challenges students and their families face, and that is why we are committed to keeping our tuition rates affordable without sacrificing quality."

- Donald Bachand, SVSU President

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid


1.
2.

Estimate your costs


Use the net price calculator to get an estimate of aid for which you are already eligible.

3.

Apply for financial aid

Fill out your FAFSA.
SVSU Code: 002314


When you fill out the FAFSA, you are automatically considered for SVSU’s academic scholarships and grants. We also have nearly 1,000 private scholarships that require filling out SVSU’s common scholarship application. This application opens on December 1.

4.

Stay Updated


Within a month of submission, look for your SVSU award letter. Then, keep checking my.svsu.edu throughout the spring. SVSU has financial aid experts that will meet one-on-one with you to find the best possible financial aid package for you. You can keep track of your award package from your SVSU student account.

95%
Placement for Graduates (2015)
$1M
The positive difference in lifetime earnings for a college graduate
3,489
Different employers hiring through SVSU Career Services
86%
of SVSU students received scholarship and/or financial assistance other than loans
27%
of SVSU students graduate with no debt at all
86%
of SVSU faculty hold the highest degree in their field