Academic Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to students based on academic merit. Students who satisfy the respective criteria will be considered upon admission to the University. The awarding of these scholarships is made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and is subject to the availability of remaining funds. This is a tiered scholarship program, with the most prestigious of the scholarships listed first. Students are only eligible to receive one of these academic scholarships, not a combination of them. Academic scholarships are renewable as long as certain renewal criteria are met.

For more information on any of the scholarships listed below, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 968-9500, (989) 964-4200, or admissions@svsu.edu. You can also review frequently asked questions.

Scholarships

2020-21 Academic Year Criteria
Eligibility Graduating high school student with a start term of Fall 2020
Award The scholarship covers tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree
Terms Qualify based on ACT/SAT, GPA and class rank; on average to be considered, applicants must have:
  • Minimum 3.9 or higher cumulative high school GPA & 1270 SAT/28 ACT composite score,
  • Minimum 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA & 1350 SAT/30 ACT composite score, or
  • Ranked #1 or #2 in class & a minimum 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment (must pass 24 credit hours between Fall/Winter)
Competitive Scholarship Yes, apply to the university by December 1 for consideration

Renewal of these scholarships is based on the terms of the scholarship when the award was accepted (see your signed acceptance form for more information).

Entering Class of Fall 2015 and beyond

Award Covers tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.25 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter Semesters

 

Entering Class of Fall 2014 and prior
Award Covers tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 136 credit hours toward your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum SVSU cumulative GPA as follows:
  • Entering Class of Fall 2010 and beyond: 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Entering Class of Fall 2007, 2008, 2009: 3.5 cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

To use your President's Scholarship for the Spring/Summer semester, please complete the Spring/Summer Aid Request Form in January/February and return it to the Campus Financial Services Center. You must already be a recipient of the scholarship, this is not an application.


2020-21 Academic Year Criteria

Eligibility Graduating high school student with a start term of Fall 2020
Must complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award $5,000 per year for up to four years toward your first degree
Terms 3.6 or higher cumulative high school GPA & a minimum 1200 SAT/26 ACT composite score
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment (must pass 24 credit hours between Fall/Winter)
Competitive Scholarship No

Renewal of these scholarships is based on the terms of the scholarship when the award was accepted (see your signed acceptance form for more information). 

Entering Class of Fall 2018 and beyond

Award The four-year award, maximum of $5,000 per academic year, for your first degree
Terms

Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA

Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

 

Entering Class of Fall 2015-2017

Award The four-year award, maximum of $4,000 per academic year, for your first degree
Terms

Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA

Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

 

Entering Class of Fall 2014 only

Award Covers half (50%) of tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 136 credit hours toward your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between Fall and Winter semesters

To use your Founder's Scholarship (entering class of 2014 recipients only) for the Spring/Summer semester, please complete the Spring/Summer Aid Request Form in January/February and return it to the Campus Financial Services Center. You must already be a recipient of the scholarship, this is not an application.


2020-21 Academic Year Criteria

Eligibility Graduating high school student with a start term of Fall 2020
Must complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award $4,000 per year up to four years toward your first degree
Terms 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA & a minimum 1120 SAT/24 ACT composite score
Enrollment Requirement Full-time enrollment (must pass 24 credit hours between Fall/Winter)
Competitive Scholarship No

Renewal of these scholarships is based on the terms of the scholarship when the award was accepted (see your signed acceptance form for more information).

Entering Class of Fall 2018 and beyond
Award The four-year award, maximum of $4,000 per academic year, for your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

 

Entering Class through Fall 2017
Award The four-year award, maximum of $3,000 per academic year, for your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

2020-21 Academic Year Criteria

Eligibility Graduating high school student with a start term of Fall 2020
Must complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award $3,000 per year up to four years toward your first degree
Terms 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA & a 1060-1110 SAT/22-23 ACT composite score
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment (must pass 24 credit hours between Fall/Winter)
Competitive Scholarship No

Renewal of these scholarships is based on the terms of the scholarship when the award was accepted (see your signed acceptance form for more information).

Entering Class of Fall 2018 and beyond
Award The four-year award, $3,000 maximum per academic year, for your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

 

Entering Class through Fall 2017
Award The four-year award, $2,000 maximum per academic year, for your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

2020-21 Academic Year Criteria

Eligibility Graduating high school student with a start term of Fall 2020
Must complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award $2,000 per year up to four years toward your first degree
Terms
  • 3.7 or higher cumulative high school GPA, regardless of the test score, OR
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA & a 900-1050 SAT/18-21 ACT composite score
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment (must pass 24 credit hours between Fall/Winter)
Competitive Scholarship No

Renewal of these scholarships is based on the terms of the scholarship when the award was accepted (see your signed acceptance form for more information).

Entering Class of Fall 2018 and beyond
Award The four-year award, maximum of $2,000 per academic year, for your first degree
Terms Must maintain minimum 3.0 SVSU cumulative GPA
Enrollment Requirements Full-time enrollment, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours between the Fall and Winter semesters

Scholarship FAQ

SVSU will begin awarding academic scholarships to all admitted students of the incoming freshman class of 2020 in October of 2019.  You will receive a mailed notification of the academic scholarship you have been awarded


As long as you have submitted an application for admission and been admitted to the university, SVSU will automatically use your cumulative high school GPA and highest SAT or ACT test score to determine your eligibility.  You do not need to submit a separate application for any of our academic scholarships. The President's Scholarship is the only competitive academic award for students.


No. When you accept a scholarship on your financial aid award letter or attend the President's Scholarship Competition, it is merely an indication to SVSU that you are still considering attending. On the other hand, it does commit the University to hold your scholarship for you. When you are ready to commit to SVSU, you will put down your deposits for orientation and housing (housing is optional for all students). While you can sign up for orientation as of December 1st, the University does not require a commitment until March 1st for scholarship recipients.  Students may also elect to defer until May 1st, by request, if you are still unsure of your decision at that time. 


First, be sure to accept your current scholarship offer so you can lock that into place. Then, you should definitely submit new information that could improve your chances of receiving a better scholarship. This includes:

  • New SAT or ACT scores
  • Transcript showing an improved GPA
  • Transcript showing an improved class ranking

Absolutely not! We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so that we can begin to communicate with you about opportunities for you here at SVSU, including scholarships. If you attain a higher score that would qualify you for a better scholarship, make sure to send it to us and we will automatically reconsider your eligibility for a higher award.


No.  You are awarded the highest academic scholarship for which you meet the minimum criteria.  The President's Scholarship is the only competitive academic award that is not awarded automatically. However, you are still eligible for private and athletic scholarships which can be applied on top of your academic award.


The President's Scholarship is awarded based upon a weighted formula consisting of 1/3 HSGPA, 1/3 SAT/ACT score and 1/3 Essay score. Students who meet the minimum qualifications are automatically invited to attend one of our President's Scholarship Competitions on November 22, 2019, or December 6, 2019.  Students must reserve a space at one of these programs to be considered for the President's Scholarship.  Students will have their essay submissions proctored by SVSU staff at the event and it will be graded by SVSU English faculty after the event.

Students who do not initially receive the President's Scholarship will be placed into a waitlist. We know that many students and families are unclear about what being on a waitlist means, and the questions below will explain more about the waitlist process.


If a President's Scholarship becomes available after the initial awarding, the scholarship committee will review the files of all applicants remaining on the waitlist and immediately send a new award letter to the next best candidate based on their total weighted score.


In recent years, as few as one and as many as fuve students have gotten upgraded awards. However, we cannot predict the exact number for this year.


Initial awards for the President's Scholarship will be offered in late February 2020.  All other candidates will be notified that they have been put into a waitlist.  It is difficult to predict the timing of any upgrades, however, most final offers are determined by the end of May. 


The President's Scholarship covers tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree.


Students who qualified for the President's Scholarship were mailed an invitation with instructions to reserve their space at one of the competition dates.  If you no longer have that invitation, please call the Office of Admissions at (989) 964-4200.


We would love to talk to you and your family one-on-one about your questions and any other scholarship opportunities. The best way to do this is to use the contact information below to arrange an individual appointment with an admissions representative and/or a tour of the campus.

Email: admissions@svsu.edu
Phone: (989) 964-4200 or (800) 968-9500
We look forward to hearing from you!


CONTACT US.


Scholarships & Financial Aid
Wickes Hall 141
cfsc@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4900

CFSC
Wickes Hall 131A
cfsc@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4900

Registrar
Wickes Hall 151
registrar@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4085