Undergraduate Financial Aid

Each year North Greenville University awards over thirty million dollars in financial aid, with 90% of our students receiving some assistance.

Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid at North Greenville University is easy. To begin, you must apply for admission and be offered acceptance to the university. The next step is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including North Greenville University, Federal School Code: 003441.

General Awarding of Financial Aid Programs at NGU

Student Eligibility and Method of Distribution of Student Aid

At North Greenville University, student aid is generally awarded based on financial needs. Defined, financial need is the difference between the student’s cost of education (tuition, fees, room-board, and books) and how the student and family are expected to contribute toward meeting those costs. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid forms are available at the university financial aid offices and high school counseling offices.

The Executive Council of North Greenville University passed the following policy:

  • Institutional aid plus all outside grants and scholarships (except for student loans) may not exceed actual school charges for tuition, room, board, fees and books.
  • The costs for university trips are the responsibility of the student.
  • Rent for university apartments, car registration fees, fines and supplies are not included.
  • The Financial Planning Office shall adjust a student’s financial aid as needed to implement this policy.
  • Students who receive sufficient grants and scholarships that cover the cost of education will not receive a refund unless all of the grants and scholarships are non-institutional funds and approved by the granting agencies.
  • For clarification, contact the Financial Aid Office.

General Disclosures

  • A student must file a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive any federal aid.
  • Federal workstudy will be paid once a month. All other federal aid shall be disbursed once a semester.
  • Students with a credit balance may use the credit to purchase books immediately.

If you are unable to open any of these documents, please call the Financial Aid Office at 864.977.7056 to request a paper copy. Most documents are in PDF format and you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view them.

Academic Scholarships – Criteria & Awards

NGU Fellows Scholarship (SC Residents Only, New first-time students in Fall)
  • Qualify for Palmetto Fellows
  • Apply by Jan 15, 2021 and attend NGU Scholars Weekend, Feb 19-20, 2021
  • Maintain: 3.0 GPA 
Full Tuition, Room and Board**Full Tuition**
Trustee Scholarship (New first-time students entering in Fall)
  • 3.8 GPA and 1300 SAT, 29 ACT or 86 CLT
  • Apply by Jan 15, 2021 and attend NGU Scholars Weekend, Feb 19-20, 2021
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA
Founder’s Scholarship
  • 3.5 GPA and 1150 SAT or 25 ACT OR 4.5 GPA
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA
President’s Scholarship
  • 3.5 GPA and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT OR 3.75 – 4.49 GPA
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA
Dean’s Scholarship
  • 3.0 – 3.74 GPA
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA

*Comprised of Federal, State, and Institutional Aid. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and SC Tuition Grant will be applied to the cost of tuition. The NGU Fellows Scholarship will be awarded for tuition and room and board’s remaining cost if applicable.

NGU Transfer Scholarships: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

A student must have 24 hours (not necessarily transferable hours) to receive the amounts listed. If they do not have the required hours, we will request their high school transcript, and each awards package will be given on a case by case basis – with consideration to both high school and college transcripts.

GPAAmount ResidentAmount Commuter
Level 1 (3.8 – 4.0)$10,000$7,000
Level 2 (3.5 – 3.79)$9,000$6,000
Level 3 (3.2 – 3.49)$7,000$5,000
Level 4 (2.75 – 3.19)$6,000$4,000

*Comprised of Federal, State, and Institutional Aid. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and SC Tuition Grant will be applied to the cost of tuition. The NGU Fellows Scholarship will be awarded for tuition and room and board’s remaining cost if applicable.

State & Federal Aid Programs

  • Pell Grant – The Federal Pell Grant Program is one source of grant aid sponsored by the federal government. The amount of an eligible student’s grant is determined by financial need, cost of education, enrollment status (half, three-quarter, or full time), and congressional appropriation. To be considered, the student must complete the (FAFSA). Under Public Law 115-141, Pell-eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer may be eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made (for more information, please contact the financial aid office at finaid@ngu.edu).
  • Federal Teach Grant– Amounts may vary for education majors-please call the Financial Aid Office to discuss the amount.  Please click on link for more information.
  • South Carolina Tuition Grant (SCTG) – Students who are SC residents and are in the top 75% of their graduating class may qualify. (FAFSA) must be completed and received before the deadline of June 30 each year. To retain the South Carolina Tuition Grant, you must pass 24 semester hours each year. Students may only receive the SCTG for 8 semesters. Developmental courses only count during the first year in college. For 2020-2021: Scholarship amount is $3600. Some higher income families may not receive full SCTG.
  • Life Scholarship (Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence)– SC Residents who graduate from a SC High School must meet 2 out of 3 criteria to qualify — 3.0 GPA, 1100 SAT score or 24 ACT score, or top 30% of their senior class. To retain the LIFE Scholarship in subsequent years, a student must pass at least 30 credit hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a cumulative basis. Scholarship amount is $5000. Developmental hours do not count towards hour requirement.
  • Hope Scholarship: The Hope Scholarship changes to the Life Scholarship for the sophomore year with at least 30 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA. The Hope Scholarship is for freshmen year only. Scholarship amount is $2800.
  • Palmetto Fellows: Students must apply in the senior year of high school with their guidance counselor. Students must complete a FAFSA. To retain the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a student must pass 30 college credit hours each year with a 3.0 GPA on a cumulative basis. Scholarship amount for Freshman- $6700, Upperclassmen- $7500.
  • Enhanced Palmetto Fellows & Life Scholarships*: Upperclassmen (Soph, Juniors, and Seniors) Biology and Math majors may be eligible for an enhanced scholarship amount.The student must pass 14 hours of math and/or science courses during their freshman year to qualify and maintain the academic qualifications for Palmetto Fellows or Life Scholarships. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship increases to $10,000 and the Life Scholarship increases to $7500. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if this enhancement is not automatically awarded. 
  • The Federal Direct Student Loan program is a loan funded by the federal government to help pay for your education.  A federal student loan is borrowed money you must repay with interest.  Students who demonstrate financial need may receive a subsidized loan which means the government will pay the interest while you are in school.  Unsubsidized loans are made to eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students and is not based on financial need.  This loan type accrues interest while you are in school.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Maximum Yearly Loan Amounts: (Dependent)






(0-29 credit hours)




(30-59 credit hours)




(60-89 credit hours)




(90+ credit hours)




  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other forms of financial aid.  Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required.  Borrowers who have an adverse credit history must meet additional requirements to qualify. Follow our step-by-step instructions.

For information on private loan options, see Additional Aid Resources.

NGU Institutional Aid

  • Acteen/Challenger’s Scholarship

    North Greenville University awards scholarships of $500 per semester to admitted freshmen who have either earned the Queen Regent level of achievement (in Acteen Studiact) or Challenger’s Missions Service Award. The student’s Acteen/Challenger leader at their church must obtain a letter verifying the student has completed the program from the State Acteen/Challenger Director at 1.800.723.7242 or by mail at State Acteen Director or Assistant Director of the Brotherhood Department, Baptist  Building, 190 Stone Ridge Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29210. Please submit this letter to the Financial Aid Office.

  • Art Department Scholarships

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    Scholarship money is available and consideration for designation is contingent upon the submission of a current portfolio. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Zac Buser.

    Learn more.

  • Athletic Scholarships

    Students with outstanding athletic abilities are awarded scholarships by the coaches. Learn more.

  • Awana Scholarship

    Students who have earned the Meritorious Trophy or the Citation Award are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $500 per year. A letter from the Awana Director stating the student has successfully completed the program is required and should be sent to the Financial Aid Office. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA to renew each year.

  • Baptist Collegiate Ministry Team Scholarships

    The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) provides scholarship opportunities for students to use their talents and gifts to lead in a variety of worship settings on campus as well as off campus. Teams are selected through an application process that includes an interview and audition. Find more information about these ministry teams or begin the application process:

  • Boys/Girls State Scholarship

    Students who participated in the Boys/Girls State Program are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $1000 per year.  A copy of the certificate of participation must be sent to Financial Aid to qualify.

  • Christian Ministry Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: January 15, 2021

    This scholarship designed for students preparing for full time Christian ministry. Applications must be completed online. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Dr. Steve Crouse.

    Apply Here.

  • Dick Brooks Honda Greer Community Scholarship

    This $1,600 annual scholarship is given in support of students from Greer, SC in pursuing a traditional undergraduate or graduate degree at NGU. In the unexpected circumstance that a student from Greer is not available to receive the scholarship, second preference is given for students from communities contiguous to Greer. The student must demonstrate financial need through the submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), maintain full-time enrollment, and a cumulative NGU GPA of 3.0 or higher. Learn more.

  • College of Communication Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    The College of Communication will award academic/management scholarships and endowed scholarships to deserving Communication and Mass Communication students. All materials should be submitted to Dr. Web Drake.

    Learn more.

  • Education Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    This scholarship is designed for students who are Education majors. The award will range between $500 to $1,000 per year. Please return all completed applications & requested materials to the NGU Admissions Office. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Financial Aid.

    Learn more.

  • Family Scholarship

    A full-time student who has a sibling enrolled full-time at NGU during the same semester is eligible to receive a scholarship of $250 per semester.  Please notify the Financial Aid Office.

  • Hendrick’s Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    Scholarship given to students from Hillcrest & Woodmont High Schools. Scholarship amounts vary. Please submit application to the NGU Admissions Office. Learn more.

  • International Student Scholarship

    $3000 (Residents) and $1500 (Commuters). The student must maintain a 2.0 GPA and possess a F1 Visa.

  • Impact 360 Fellow

    North Greenville University will award a minimum of a 50% tuition discount to new students who have successfully completed the Impact 360 Fellows program and enroll as a full-time residential student.  In addition to this, students may also receive an academic scholarship based on their high school class rank, GPA, SAT or ACT scores.

  • Jessica Sachs Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship will be given in memory of Miss Jessica Sachs to any student who is a member of any Baptist church affiliated with the New England Baptist Convention. Miss Sachs was a passenger on the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The $3,000 scholarship will be for four years while the student is enrolled at NGU and given in lieu of the Out of State Residential Grant. The  student must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to renew the scholarship each year. The student must submit a letter on church letterhead (from the church Pastor  or Secretary) verifying regular church attendance and affiliation with the New England Baptist Convention to the Financial Aid Office.

  • Marching Band and Pep Band Scholarships

    Students who have marching band or color guard experience may participate. Interested students should contact the Band Director, Gary Rhoden.

    Learn more.

  • Music Scholarships

    Audition Dates for 2021-22: February 13, 2021 & February 20, 2021

    Music scholarships are based on audition. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Liz Boehm

  • NGU Alumni Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    Children and grandchildren of NGU alumni may apply for this scholarship. Questions regarding this scholarship can be directed to Lamont Sullivan.

    Learn more.

  • Out of State Residential Grant

    Out-of-state students who live on campus may be eligible to receive a grant up to $2000. Some exclusions may apply.  For more detail, visit the catalog.

  • Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

    North Greenville University students who participate in ROTC through Furman University may receive scholarships to cover tuition and books. Please call 864.294.3402 if you are interested in signing up for the program.

  • South Carolina Baptist Scholarship

    Active members of churches affiliated with the South Carolina Southern Baptist Convention will receive $500. Available only to freshmen.

  • Southern Baptist Employee’s Children Scholarship

    This $500 scholarship is offered to dependent students who are children of full-time employees of a Southern Baptist church, institution or agency. Eligibility will be determined at the time of admission for incoming students.

  • Southern Baptist Missionary Children Scholarship

    Eligible dependent children of full-time missionaries with the International Mission Board will receive up to $17,500 ($15,500 for commuting students) in total gift aid from NGU, including any academic, athletic, departmental or other NGU grants or scholarships for which a student may be eligible. Eligibility determined at the time of admission.

  • Sport Ministry Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    This scholarship is designed for students who will be pursuing a Sport Ministry degree at North Greenville University with plans to continue in a career in Sport Ministry after college. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Dr. Jeff Briggs.

    Learn more.

  • Theatre Scholarships

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 1, 2021

    Students showing outstanding ability in acting, directing, or technical theatre. Interested students should click on the link to obtain an application for scholarships. Also, please download the Theatre Guidelines. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Amy Dunlap.

    Learn more.

  • The Bryant and Roseanne Fersner Scholarship

    Deadline for 2021-22: March 21, 2021

    The Bryant and Roseanne Fersner Ministry Scholarship was established in May 2018 to honor the Fersners’ effective and exemplary ministry in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The fund provides financial assistance to students studying to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in the local church and around the world. Students must be enrolled full-time at NGU, majoring in Christian Studies, Youth Ministry or Cross Cultural Missions. The student must maintain a 2.5 GPA. If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Dr. Frankie Melton.

    Apply Here.

  • Tuition Exchange Programs

    For children of employees of other Southern Baptist Institutions & Tuition Exchange, Inc. Must apply with the Academic Office (Missy Conard). Learn more.

  • T. Walter Brashier & Family Scholarship Fund

    This $1,000 scholarship is offered to students who have a parent that is a pastor or missionary serving full-time or bi-vocationally at an Evangelical church or organization. The scholarship is awarded to new incoming students beginning with Fall 2019 and is automatically renewed. A recipient of this scholarship will not be considered for the Southern Baptist Employee’s Children Scholarship or the Southern Baptist Missionary Children Scholarship. Preference is given to students from the Upstate of South Carolina. Learn more.

  • The Hagin Family Fund

A complete listing of all institutional scholarships is available in the catalog.


The work study program offered at North Greenville University provides the opportunity for full-time students to obtain a job which allows them to earn money to help pay for education-related expenses. The program encourages work opportunities related to a student’s course of study, as well as community service opportunities.

  • What are the eligibility requirements?

    Full-time students enrolled at NGU who are currently meeting satisfactory academic progress are eligible to participate in the work study program. Online students are not eligible for this program.

  • How many hours am I allowed to work?

    Position hours may vary depending on departmental needs and the agreement with individual supervisors. On average, students work 5-10 hours per week.

  • How much will I be paid?

    Students will need to discuss the rate of pay with their supervisor, however, most on campus jobs are paid at the current minimum wage.

  • How do I get paid?

    Approved work study students are paid on the third Thursday of each month for time worked during the prior month. Students have the option to have their pay check go directly to their student account or to receive ACH direct deposit to use for other education-related expenses. 

  • What jobs are available and how do I apply?

    To view current job openings for the work study program you will need to log into the College Career Network

    If you are a new user select “create account” and follow the prompts on the website.  Once you have set up a user account, search for jobs using “work study” in the School Job ID field of Search Job Listings. You will upload your resume to your College Career Network account and then email the Work Study Coordinator with the Job ID number to apply. You can apply for multiple positions at one time.

  • What is the America Reads Program?

    Students that qualify for Federal Work Study may be eligible to participate in America Reads, a federal literacy program. America Reads tutors visit local elementary schools to tutor students grades k-4.

    Contact the Work Study Coordinator to apply for this program. Spaces are limited.

  • Still have questions?

    Contact Us

    Work Study Coordinator, Kathy Cribb
    Phone: 864.663.0276 or kathy.cribb@ngu.edu

Additional Aid Resources

Below are a lists of database resources. We recommend personal research as well. Please use your own discretion when applying for private scholarships. Be advised that some private scholarship searches may give your information to third parties so be aware of your consent of information.

North Greenville University does not have a preferred lender. Listed below are lender websites (in alpha order) from which you may choose. These are lenders our students have borrowed from the past three years. You may review the information and apply for an alternative loan for the upcoming school year. There may be others on the Internet that you can find through your own research. Tip: Review their information and benefits before choosing the one that best meets your individual needs.

Contact Us

Email: finaid@ngu.edu
Phone: 864.977.7056
Fax: 864.977.7342

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