Elmhurst College recommends that prospective students begin to plan early for financing their education. Financial aid for degree seeking students consists of three types: scholarships, grants and loans. Elmhurst College believes in recognizing and rewarding excellence with scholarships that are based on prior academic achievement. A detailed description of these scholarships can be found on the second page of this publication. Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid; loans must be repaid. Students may also wish to investigate tuition reimbursement programs offered by their employer.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
Scholarship aid cannot exceed $3,500 per term. Students eligible for multiple scholarships, may combine scholarship aid up to $3,500 per term. The Excellence scholarship (valued at $2,000 per term) and Recognition scholarship (valued at $1,000 per term) are exceptions to this policy; if a student qualifies for these scholarships, any additional scholarship aid will be awarded at $500 each per term, in addition to these scholarships.
Part-time, non-degree and second degree-seeking students are not eligible for Elmhurst College scholarships.
The School for Professional Studies makes the scholarship decision at the time of admission based on the credentials and supporting materials you submit when you apply.
To renew a scholarship, GPA requirements represent a cumulative Elmhurst College GPA.
Full-time students, while enrolled in a degree completion program and paying on a per credit hour basis, may receive aid and scholarships during the fall and spring terms only.
Scholarships for Students in Degree Completion Programs
Elmhurst Management Program Associate’s Degree Award
These scholarships are offered to transfer students who have an associate’s degree and are admitted and enrolled full-time in the Elmhurst Management Program (EMP) at Elmhurst College. The award is valued at $1,000 per term. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment is required for renewal.
School for Professional Studies Post-Baccalaureate Recognition Scholarship
This scholarship is valued at $1000 per term. To qualify a student must be attending Elmhurst College full-time to earn an additional bachelor's degree. Students must apply for admission and provide official transcripts showing a conferred baccalaureate degree. Students must maintain full time-enrollment and good standing to renew the scholarship.
Community Colleges Alumni Council Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to one outstanding adult learner who graduates from an approved community college and transfers into a degree completion program at Elmhurst College. The award is valued at $3,500 per term. To be considered, students must have successfully completed an associate’s degree with a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale and be admitted and enrolled full-time in a degree completion program at Elmhurst College. Upon admission to Elmhurst College, students must complete and submit a scholarship application along with a 500 word essay outlining their personal and professional goals and discuss how a degree from Elmhurst College will help them reach their stated goals. Students must also provide official college transcripts confirming an associate’s degree has been earned. A 3.00 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment is required for renewal. To be considered, completed applications must be received by July 15 for applicants enrolling in the fall semester and by December 1 for applicants enrolling in the spring semester. Note: Up to two awards are given per scholarship each year.
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Elmhurst Excellence Scholarships
This scholarship is valued at $2,000 per term. To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, students must have earned at least 45 semester hours of transferable college credit and a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. A 3.25 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA and full time enrollment required for renewal.
Elmhurst Recognition Scholarships
This scholarship is valued at $1,000 per term. To be considered for a Recognition Scholarship, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of a 2.80 on a 4.00 scale in previous college work and fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable college credit. A student must be enrolled full time and maintain a 2.75 cumulative Elmhurst College GPA to renew this scholarship.
These scholarships are offered to qualified students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups at the College. The award is valued at $2,200 per term and recipients must be enrolled on a full-time, degree seeking basis. The scholarship is renewable for up to two years, provided the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and an Elmhurst College cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or above.
United Church of Christ Scholarships
Elmhurst offers $2,200 per term scholarships to students who belong to a congregation of the United Church of Christ. These scholarships are renewable up to two years, provided that the recipient remains enrolled full time and in good standing at the College. To receive consideration, you must note that you are a member of a United Church of Christ congregation on your admission application and your pastor must submit a letter of nomination to the Director of Financial Aid.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are offered to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa at the institution they are transferring from, and have earned a cumulative transfer grade-point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. Renewal of these scholarships requires full-time enrollment and the maintenance of the grade-point average needed for the academic scholarship awarded (Excellence or Recognition). The scholarship is valued at $500 per term and can be added to the Transfer Scholarship funds offered by the College. Students must provide official college transcripts or a copy of their certificate confirming PTK membership at the time of application to be considered for this award. This scholarship cannot be used in the summer term.
Legacy scholarships are offered to students who have directly related (father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother) family members who have graduated from or are currently enrolled full-time at Elmhurst College. The scholarship is valued at $500 per term and can be added to other scholarship funds offered by the College. Students must identify their legacy relative on their Application for Admission in order to receive the award. this scholarship cannot be used in the summer term.
Additional Financial Assistance
Learn more about grants and loans available to students in degree completion programs. Elmhurst also offers a payment plan that allows you to pay tuition in monthly installments. And you may be able to defray costs even further with federal tax credits or deductions.