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)
- 3.0+ GPA with 1350+ SAT/30+ ACT (or)
- Ranked #1 or #2 in class
$5,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS
The Founder’s Award is automatically awarded based on your academic achievement in high school. SVSU recognizes your perseverance 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
$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.
- 3.0+ GPA with 1120+SAT or 24+ ACT
$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.
- 3.0+ GPA with 1060+ SAT or 22+ ACT
$2,000 EVERY YEAR FOR 4 YEARS
The University Award is automatically awarded based on your academic achievement in high school. SVSU's hope is that every Cardinal receives university support for the hard work you have invested in your education. Reach out to our admissions reps at any time if you have a question about your academic standing.
- 3.7+ GPA and test optional
- 3.0+ GPA with 900+ SAT or 18+ 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
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
Urban & Civic
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
Available to new students who are children/step-children of SVSU graduates.
- One year only
- Visit the Legacy Program page
UP TO $5,000
Scholarships that reward academic achievement, service, leadership, character and participation in extracurricular activities. Visit for more information. Application available beginning Dec. 1 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
Estimate your costs
Use the net price calculator to get an estimate of aid for which you are already eligible.
Apply for financial aid
Fill out your FAFSA.
SVSU Code: 002314
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.