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Financial Aid

Worried about paying for college? Let us help ease your fears.

Did you know:

  • 99% of BC students receive some form of financial aid
  • 99% received more than $20,000 in aid for 2018-19
  • BC awarded more than $44 million in academic scholarships and institutional grants in 2018-19

Your cost to attend BC may be comparable to a public college or university.

Check out how we awarded the $44 million in academic and need-based aid in 2018-19:

2018-19 First Year Scholarship and Grant Aid Packages

Pie chart showing the breakout of the percentage of aid packages given to first year students. 41% received more than $30,000. 39% received $25,001 - $30,000. 15% received $20,001 - $25,000. 5% received less than $20,000.

At BC, we work with you and your family to make college affordable. We put your mind at ease about tuition and costs. That way, you can focus on taking the next step.

Let us help you discover your cost to attend Bridgewater College by applying to Bridgewater and completing the FAFSA. We’ll do the rest!

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First Year Academic Scholarships

BC offers exceptional academic scholarships for incoming first year students:

President’s Merit and McKinney ACE Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance in high school (public, private, or home schooled), ACT or SAT scores, class rank, and quality of high school curriculum. The value of these scholarships ranges from $24,000 up to full tuition. President’s Merit and McKinney ACE scholarships require year-end cumulative GPAs of at least 2.3 and 3.5, respectively, for renewal.

Out-of-State Incentive Scholarship

The Out-of-State Incentive Scholarship is available to students who do not reside in the state of Virginia and who are not eligible for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. The scholarship amount is $3,000 per academic year.

Church of the Brethren Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students who are members of the Church of the Brethren. Award amounts are $2,500 for residents and $1,500 for commuters.

To be considered for these scholarships:

  • Apply to BC early
  • Submit your high school transcript and SAT/ACT test scores as soon as possible

Transfer Student Aid

BC offers exceptional academic scholarships for transfer students:

Transfer Student Merit Awards (2019-20)

Transfer student merit award eligibility is based on credits earned, cumulative GPA for all college work, and other factors from the applicant’s record. Transfer students who maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average will retain their scholarships each academic year.

Merit Aid Amount Cumulative College GPA
$23,000 3.7 Minimum
$21,000 3.35 – 3.69
$19,000 3.0 – 3.34
$17,000 2.5 – 2.99
$14,500 2.2 – 2.49

Out-of-State Incentive Scholarship

The Out-of-State Incentive Scholarship is available to students who do not reside in the state of Virginia and who are not eligible for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. The scholarship amount is $3,000 per academic year.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$3,000 scholarship for those students who transfer with a membership in Phi Theta Kappa from a community college.

Church of the Brethren Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students who are members of the Church of the Brethren.  Award amounts are $2,500 for residents and $1,500 for commuters.

Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant

A $1,000 grant is available to transfers who earned an associate degree from a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and who have an expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA of 12,000 or less. A complete description of eligibility and application requirements is available at this SCHEV link.

To be considered for these scholarships:

  • Apply to BC
  • Provide a copy of all college transcripts

My Financial Aid Package

To apply for additional assistance submit the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov by March 1. The financial aid office begins releasing aid packages to prospective students after December 15 on a rolling basis. Returning students receive their aid packages after June 15.

If eligible, institutional aid is posted to your account in the fall and spring semesters. The same process applies to state aid. Federal aid may be available for summer sessions if your annual eligibility is not fully used during the regular academic year.