Many parents think that private college is just too expensive for them and their children to afford. And they don’t realize that the vast majority of students who apply to private colleges receive some form of grant or scholarship (and this doesn’t include loans!).
In fact, the average institutional grant for first-year Bridgewater students in 2017 was $24,052, which cuts your cost in half. And 95% of BC’s 2017 first-year students had gift aid packages (institutional, federal and state) in excess of $20,000.
Scholarship & Grant Opportunities
Factoring in grants and aid, the cost to attend Bridgewater isn’t significantly different than a state college and is much lower than some private schools.
Here are a few aid programs that your son or daughter may be eligible for:
President’s Merit & Ace Scholarships
Scholarships range from $23,000 up to full tuition and are based on an applicant’s academic performance and quality of curriculum in high school (public, private or home-schooled) and ACT or SAT scores. Recipients who maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average retain their scholarships each academic year.
Church of the Brethren Scholarships
Scholarships are available for students who are members of the Church of the Brethren. Award amounts are $2,500 for residents and $1,500 for commuters.
Awards of $17,000 or $21,500 are available to selected incoming first-year students who do not qualify for academic scholarships.
Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG)
State grant awarded to Virginia students who submit the application by July 31. The estimated award for 2018-2019 is $3,400.
What BC Students Say
“I always knew that I wanted to come to Bridgewater, but I never thought that I would receive the financial aid package that Bridgewater gave me. BC really works with prospective students to make a private school possible and reasonable.“
-RUSSELL QUAO ’18 COMPUTER SCIENCE, WOODBRIDGE, VA
“I initially thought I wouldn’t be able to afford Bridgewater. Once I factored in the ACE scholarship and the other aid I received, it turned out to be the most affordable school I applied to. And, since I am a Virginia student, receiving TAG has helped me a lot too.“
-ENGLISH JACKSON ’20 LIBERAL STUDIES, GROTTOES, VA
If your son or daughter has applied to Bridgewater (or any college for that matter!) find out if they have completed their application and had test scores and transcripts sent to the College.
If they have not yet sent their SAT and ACT scores to the school, encourage them to do so. Bridgewater’s SAT College Code is 005069. Our ACT College Code is 4342.
Some students and their families are overwhelmed by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We are happy to help walk you through all of the steps and can answer any questions you might have. To contact us, simply email us and we’ll be happy to help.
Don’t “leave money on the table” when it comes to your child’s college education. Bridgewater’s goal has always been to help students and their families experience a rewarding and affordable college education.