We know you've been working hard to get to this point, and that matters to us. That's why approximately 96 percent of our undergraduate students receive financial aid, with approximately $60 million awarded annually.
Whether you've earned an academic scholarship or qualify for need-based grants, we're working to help make Harding affordable for every student.
The information below pertains to students admitted Fall 2020 and beyond.
Academic Achievement Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to admitted freshmen and are calculated on a combination of test score and high school GPA. Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $11,000 per year for 4 years or 8 semesters. Students may retake the ACT/SAT and/or CLT through July after their senior year to improve their score and increase their scholarship amount. Please see chart below.
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Transfer Student Scholarship
Awarded to transferring students (transferring 14 hours or more) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Award amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.
Trustee Scholar Award
Full tuition scholarship awarded to a limited number of incoming freshmen selected from candidates meeting the minimum qualifications: 31 or higher ACT composite score or 1390 or higher SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score (official score must be received prior to Jan. 15 of enrollment year), a 3.5 high school grade point average (based on 4.0), and complete a Trustee Scholar application and interview. Recipients receive several perks and honors in addition to the tuition scholarship.
National Merit Semifinalist
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are selected as Semifinalists in the National Merit or National Achievement scholarship program and have selected Harding University as their first-choice university with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The award for this scholarship is full undergraduate tuition.
National Merit Finalist
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are selected as Finalists in the National Merit scholarship program and have selected Harding University as their first-choice university with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The award for this scholarship is full undergraduate tuition, technology fee, room and board.
All academic scholarships are valid for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate education. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) each semester.
Harding's Bison Grant is a variable amount grant, restricted to students with financial need as determined by annual submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other awards. Award amount is subject to change, based on changes to the FAFSA, new or increased federal, state, or institutional scholarships, grants or discounts. Continuing eligibility requires full-time enrollment (at least 12 hours per semester) and remaining eligibility for need-based funding as determined by annual submission of the FAFSA. This grant may be received for a maximum of eight semesters (four years) of undergraduate study. Award amounts received in future years may not exceed the maximum award received during the freshman year.
Christian College Employee Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Christian college employees at qaulifying institutions. The college must be affiliated with the Churches of Christ. One parent must have been employed there full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 50% tuition discount. Discount may not be combined with other institutional scholarships.
Tuition Discount Request Form pdf
Christian Ministers Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Church of Christ ministers (pulpit, youth, worship, etc.) or missionaries serving and living outside the United States, sponsored by Churches of Christ. One parent must have been employed full-time as a minister at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Parent missionaries must have been serving full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with other institutional scholarships but may not exceed full tuition.
Tuition Discount Request Form pdf
Christian School (K-12) Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of full-time Christian school (K-12) employees. The school must be affiliated with the Churches of Christ, a member of the National Christian School Association (NCSA) and must serve students through grade 12. One parent must have been employed there full-time at least one year prior to receiving the discount. Award amount is 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with other institutional scholarships but may not exceed full tuition.
Tuition Discount Request Form pdf
Awarded to children who have lost both parents through death and remained a ward of the state until age 18 (evidenced by court documentation), or to any resident of a church of Christ affiliated Christian children's home who have been legally and permanently separated from both parents (as certified by an administrator of the children's home). Award amount: 25% tuition.
Tuition Exchange Discounts
Harding University is a member of Tuition Exchange and offers a 100% tuition discount to qualified children of faculty and staff employed at another Tuition Exchange college or university. Awardees must be first-time college freshmen. Award may not be combined with academic scholarships or exceed full tuition. To view a list of participating universities, log on to tuitionexchange.org.
* All discounts are valid for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate education. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) each semester.
Three scholarships are available for incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering at Harding University. The scholarships are funded by the Crews Family Endowment for Engineering, which is an endowment set up by a very generous family of an engineering alumnus to help students start their engineering careers at Harding. Download application.
A limited amount of funds are available based on restricted criteria, such as awards to benefit students from certain regions of the country. Should an applicant match the restricted criteria established by a donor, the applicant will be contacted and invited to apply for restricted/endowed funding.
Internet and Local Scholarship Resources
Our Web site, www.harding.edu/finaid, provides a link to an abundance of information on national scholarships. In addition, your local high school guidance counselor will have information on scholarships available in your home community.
Members of the Class of ‘72 have established an endowed fund for the purpose of providing one or more scholarships each year for incoming freshmen who are descendants of former Harding students. Download 2019 application pdf
Incoming Freshmen who have received the Eagle Scout Award, GSUSA Gold Award, Trail Life Freedom Award, or Stars and Stripes Award are awarded $1,000 per year. Proof of scouting award is required. Recipients must live on-campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The Scout Award is renewable up to a maximum of eight semesters.
The Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting (MCCS) also offer scholarships to entering college freshmen. For more information and an application, visit the MCCS website www.goodservant.org and click on “MCCS scholarship.” Applications are due by March 15.