Transfer Financial Aid

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One hundred percent of Bluffton students receive some type of financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal, state and Bluffton need-based student aid. Bluffton’s FAFSA code is 003016.

There is no additional process to apply for the following Bluffton awards, beyond successfully completing the transfer student application for admission.

For students entering Bluffton fall 2020

Transfer Honors Scholarship - $18,000
New transfer students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and at least 12 semester hours of transferable credit, are awarded a scholarship in the amount of $18,000. A 2.75 GPA is required in order to maintain the scholarship.
 
Transfer Achievement Scholarship - $16,000
New transfer students with a 2.5-2.99 cumulative GPA, and at least 12 semester hours of transferable credit, are awarded a scholarship in the amount of $16,000. A 2.75 GPA is required in order to maintain the scholarship.

Transfer Scholarship - $14,000
New transfer students with a 2.0-2.49 cumulative GPA, and at least 12 semester hours of transferable credit, are awarded a scholarship in the amount of $14,000. A 2.3 GPA is required in order to maintain the scholarship.

 

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship 
    A $4,000 scholarship (valued at $16,000 for four years) is awarded to a top student in a science, technology or math field. Recipient must be an Ohio resident.  >>> more information
  • Natural & Applied Sciences Scholarship 
    Students majoring in math, physics, chemistry, biology, pre-med or dietetics may apply for a $3,000 science scholarship. Qualifying students will be invited to interview for this scholarship which is renewable all four years.  >>> more information
  • Music Major Scholarship 
    Awarded to new transfer music majors based on an audition. Contact the admissions office by Feb. 1 to schedule an audition. Awards starting at $2,000 are renewable each year.    >>> more information
  • Music Ensemble Scholarship
    Awarded to new transfer, non-music-major students, based on an audition. Contact the admissions office by Feb. 1 to schedule an audition. The $1,000 award is renewable each year.   >>> more information
  • Art Scholarship
    Awarded to new transfer students whose art portfolios are highly rated by Bluffton University art faculty. Portfolios must be submitted by Feb. 1 for consideration. Awards starting at $1,000 are renewable each year. >>> more information

 
ADDITIONAL GRANTS

  • Mennonite Student Grant
    New transfer students who are members of any Mennonite church congregation are awarded $5,000 (renewable for up to four years).
  • Community Enrichment Grant
    A $1,000 award (renewable for up to four years) is available to new students from under-represented backgrounds who participate in Project H.O.M.E — a campus mentoring program. Contact the admissions office for an application for Project H.O.M.E.
  •  Alumni Grant
    This $1,000 award is awarded to students whose parent(s), grandparent(s) or sibling(s) are part of Bluffton University’s 15,300+ alumni.
  • Out-of-State Grant
    This $1,000 award (renewable for up to four years) is awarded automatically to students who reside in a state other than Ohio to help off-set travel costs.
  • Church Matching Grant
    A number of churches provide financial assistance for their members through grants to be applied toward the student's expenses.  >>> Church matching grant information
  • Bluffton Opportunity Grant
    Awarded to students based on completion of the FAFSA form. This award can be added to the above awards. This grant is awarded based on need as determined by the FAFSA. Amounts vary.
  • International Student Grant 
    The grant ranging from $1,000-$9,000 recognizes that international students encounter additional costs to travel to Bluffton University. $1,000 is automatically given to all qualified applicants and new students may apply for up to $9,000 based on financial need. This grant is renewable for up to four years. 
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