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Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Carson-Newman offers competitive merit scholarships to qualified students, which includes academic awards, restricted endowment awards, fine arts scholarships, business scholarships, and other scholarship programs designated for new freshman students, as well as transfer scholarships for transfer students, seeking their first undergraduate degree.  University merit scholarships from endowments or performance areas are limited to the amount of tuition less other financial gift assistance a student receives.

Need more info, Freshman?  Go here: Freshman Merit or Competitive Scholarships

Need more info, Transfers?  Go here: Transfer Merit

In addition to merit-based scholarships awarded based on academic information at time of acceptance, once a student is accepted to C-N and completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 but before February 1, the student may qualify for various need-based Carson-Newman scholarships and grants.  C-N Grants are need based and may vary from year to year based on other gift aid, and/or FAFSA EFC calculation results.  Additionally a student may be apply for various performance and talent scholarships, but a student may receive only additional scholarship in addition to the merit scholarship, and C-N Grants are reduced with receipt of other gift aid.  Multiple scholarships and grants will be limited in value and restricted to the fall and spring terms (not allowable during summer terms).

University gift assistance such as merit scholarships, grants, and endowments are generally tuition based. Therefore receipt of external funds that are also tuition based, may reduce University grant and scholarship eligibility.  University aid is restricted to obtaining the first undergraduate degree, not subsequent undergraduate degrees.


Reduction of aid policy:  University aid is considered the last dollars applied to the bill and we reserve the right to reduce, modify, or cancel awards when aid limits are exceeded, and/or we determine at any time a student is no longer eligible for the assistance.  No cash refunds will be generated from University funds as the last resource.

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