The Bridgewater College is a private educational institution that offers a learning process far beyond the classroom. The students are able to develop not only their skills and educational proficiency, but also socially and ethically.
With the rigorous academic training in a personalized learning experience, the students are able to learn a variety of disciplines including being articulate, analytical, and being assertive. The college has committed itself to help its students excel in all aspects of life.
Then there’s financial value. Where can you get a truly affordable education? Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can file as early as January 1. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 1. BC’s school code is 003704. The FAFSA is also the approved application for all need-based institutional and state financial aid programs.
Your cost to attend BC may be comparable to a public college or university. Did you know:
- 99% of BC students receive some form of financial aid
- 88% received more than $20,000 in aid for 2015-16
- BC awarded more than $35 million in academic scholarships and institutional grants in 2015-16
Learn more about everything the college has to offer in financial assistance. Scholarships. Grants. Low-interest loans. Work-study. All part of a financial aid package that works for you.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Bridgewater College will do the rest. At the Bridgewater College, you can get financial help by applying to the following programs
FAFSA (Federal Student Aid)
The BC school code is 003704. The FAFSA is a state financial aid program you can apply to help pay your tuition fees. Most students are eligible with the FAFSA.
Applications will be processed as long as funds are available. Learn about the FAFSA filing options and contact numbers direct on their website to make sure you have the updated information about their application submission deadlines.
You can also apply online at the website. The SAR (Student Aid Report) will be sent to your email address after you filed the application.
Federal Government Financial Aid
Both returning and new students are required to submit the free application for the FAFSA. You can see the deadline at their website. Applications that were submitted after the deadline would still be processed depending on the availability of funds. https://www.bridgewater.edu/academics/college-catalog/financial-information/financial-aid
The FAFSA is the approved application for all need based institutional and state financial aid programs. Full time status for financial aid regulations is enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours in each semester while half time status is enrollment for 6 to 11 credit hours.
Selected federal programs can be awarded to students enrolled on a part time basis. All students are subject to the satisfactory academic progress standards in order to maintain eligibility for participation. Students can avail of the Title IV Federal Aid Programs
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Work Study Program
- Federal Stafford Loan
- Federal Parent Loan to Undergraduate Students
The student should demonstrate satisfactory academic progress. If a student does not meet the minimum requirements, the student may make an appeal for aid. Students at Bridgewater should maintain the following grades
Year 1 Freshman 1.6 GPA 24 credits earned
Year 2 Sophomore 1.8 GPA 48 credits earned
Year 3 Junior 2 GPA 72 credits earned
Year 4 Senior 2 GPA 96 credits earned
Freshman Academic Scholarships
President’s Merit and ACE Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance in high school (public, private, or home schooled), ACT or SAT scores, class rank, and quality of high school curriculum.
The value of these scholarships ranges from $17,500 up to full tuition. ACE and President’s Merit scholarships require year-end cumulative GPAs of at least 2.3 and 3.0, respectively, for renewal.
- President’s Merit Plus Award
- President’s Merit Award
- McKinney Scholarship
- Academic Achievement Award
- McKinney ACE 1 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 5 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 10 Scholarship
- Lantz Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 20 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 30 Scholarship
Scholarship Available For Transferees
- Minimum of 12 transferable credits
- 0 cumulative college GPA
- Minimum year end GPA of 2.0
Types of programs available for transferees
- McKinney ACE 1 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 5 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 10 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 20 Scholarship
- McKinney ACE 30 Scholarship
- Church of the Brethren Scholarships
- Diversity Grant
- Family Grant
- General Grant
- Home School Grant
- International Student Grant
- Private Secondary Grant
- SAT Grant
- State Incentive Grant
- Transfer Grant
- Associate Degree Grant
- Associate Degree Plus Grant
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
- 50-50 Plan
- Special Audit Program
Eligibility for the following scholarships is based on cumulative high school GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT test scores and quality of high school curriculum. Annual renewal requires a minimum year-end GPA of 2.3 (C+) unless otherwise noted.
Recipients receive the award for a maximum of eight semesters (does not include summer school) toward the undergraduate degree.
- Achieving in a Community of Excellence (ACE) Scholarships—variable stipends of $20,000, $22,000 and $24,000 for 2016–2017.
- President’s Merit Award—a full tuition scholarship awarded to no more than 10 resident freshmen. Annual renewal requires a year-end cumulative GPA of no less than 3.5.
- Church of the Brethren Scholarship—awarded to eligible freshmen who are members of the Church of the Brethren. The stipend is $2,500 for resident students and $1,500 for commuter students.
Eligibility for the following scholarships is based on credits earned and cumulative GPA for all college work. A minimum of 12 transferable credits and a 3.0 cumulative college GPA are required for ACE scholarship consideration. Annual renewal requires a minimum year-end GPA of 2.3.
- Achieving in a Community of Excellence (ACE) Scholarships—variable stipends of $11,000, $13,000 and $15,000 for 2016–2017.
- Church of the Brethren Scholarships—awarded to eligible transfer students who are members of the Church of the Brethren. The stipend is $2,500 for resident students and $1,500 for commuter students.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must meet the requirements specified below in order to receive Title IV federal aid.
Qualitative Measure—Students must have at least a 1.700 cumulative grade point average (GPA) by completion of their second semester and at least a 2.000 cumulative GPA by completion of their fourth semester. A minimum year-end 2.000 cumulative GPA must then be maintained until graduation. Graduate students are required to attain and retain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Quantitative (Pace) Measure—Students must successfully complete at least 67 percent of the courses they attempt. Withdrawn (W) grades and transfer credits count as attempted hours for this purpose.
Maximum Time Frame—Students must not attempt more than 150 percent of the hours required for their degree program.
A student who does not meet the specified requirements may make an appeal for aid if extenuating circumstances existed. The financial aid committee rules on all satisfactory academic progress appeals.
- General Grant—Need-based grant awarded to selected students who have demonstrated financial need based upon the analysis of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Transfer Grant—$5,000 grant awarded to transfer students (never attended Bridgewater College) with a minimum of 12 transferable credits earned after graduation from high school.
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship—$3,000 grant awarded to transfer students with membership in PTK from the community college system.
- Eagle Award—$13,000 or $18,000 grant awarded to selected incoming freshmen and $6,500 or $9,000 to incoming transfer students who do not qualify for academic scholarships.
Commonwealth of Virginia Financial Aid
Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant – The amount of the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is determined by the Virginia General Assembly. For the 2016-2017 academic session, the maximum estimated value of this grant for full-time, undergraduate students domiciled in Virginia is $3,200.
VTAG award of half of the undergraduate amount is also be available to full-time, graduate students domiciled in Virginia who are enrolled in the graduate athletic training program (CIP Code 51.0913).
The VTAG application deadline is July 31, and the application form is available at bridgewater.edu/financingyoureducation.
Endowed scholarships are funded through gifts from interested alumni and friends, churches and the income of endowed funds. Each scholarship has select criteria and eligibility requirements associated with it.
Bridgewater College has more than 200 endowed scholarships to award to eligible students. Endowed scholarships generally are available only to returning students.
The Financial Aid
Bridgewater’s Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping students cover the costs of a college education. We’ll explore your options with you – including grants/waivers, loans and work programs – and provide you with the personal counseling and support you need as you assemble the necessary funding.
Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. For this, you’ll need Bridgewater’s Title IV Code (see Step 6 on the FAFSA), which is 002183.
You can understand more here http://www.bridgew.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid
How to Apply
To apply for financial aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available online at www.fafsa.gov.
The federal processor must receive your FAFSA by March 1 to receive priority consideration for all types of financial aid. Students may apply after the priority date; however, aid will be awarded on a funds-available basis.
When filing the application, be sure that all information is complete and as accurate as possible.
You must reapply for financial aid each year. The Department of Education no longer mails renewal applications to students, however, electronic renewal FAFSA forms are available on their website at www.fafsa.gov.
You are always welcome to complete a FAFSA form even if a renewal application is not available to you. Our deadline for priority consideration is the same each year – March 1.
There are several options available to students and parents when it comes to financing your education. Below we have listed an overview of a few of these options.
Please feel free to explore these or any other type of financing you find suits your own individual circumstances. Please check this web page often for updates on different options.
You may choose one of these options, or a combination of these options.
BSU Payment Plan
This is a web-based, interest-free payment plan that assists students and their families to spread the semester charges over four monthly installments. The payment plan is based on actual charges less financial aid credits.
Enrollment in the plan for the Fall semester begins early July, and begins in early December for the Spring semester. The first payment is typically due in August for the Fall semester, with the remaining payments due the 20th day of the next three months.
Each semester, a $25.00 non-refundable enrollment fee is required at the time of enrollment. For more information, contact the Office of Student Payment Plan at 508-531-1752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
A fixed interest credit based Federal loan that allows a parent of a dependent undergraduate student to borrow up the cost of attendance, minus any other aid/resources, for each year the student is in school (must submit an application each year).
Beginning in mid-June each year, the Parent PLUS Loan application may be completed at www.studentloans.gov, or you may complete a paper application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. This loan will be in the parent’s name and is the parent’s responsibility, not the student’s. It will appear on the parent’s credit report.
The parent borrower must also sign a Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov. Payments on this loan may be deferred, but the parent must request deferment through the Direct Loan Servicing Center.
These are typically variable interest rate, credit-based, private loans that allow a student or a parent to borrow up to the cost of attendance, minus any other aid, for each year the student is in school (must re-apply each year). If the student is the borrower and does not have a strong credit history, s/he may be required to have a co-signer.
The co-signer will be equally responsible for this loan, at the time of application, and all the way through repayment. It will appear on both the borrower and co-signers credit report. If a parent is considering co-signing an alternative loan, you may want to consider the Federal Direct PLUS Loan above.
Please review the “things to consider when choosing a private alternative loan” below before moving forward with the application process.
Read more about the financing options here http://microsites.bridgew.edu/financialaid/financing-options
Message from the Director
Our mission in the Financial Aid Office is to assist you and your family in affording the cost of your college education. This is accomplished through the awarding of grants, loans, and student work programs and by providing you with a supportive and comfortable environment where counselors are willing to work with you in obtaining the necessary funds you may need to attend BSU.
My staff and I are dedicated to this mission and will be available to assist you throughout your entire college career at Bridgewater.
We have outlined the various types of Financial Aid programs available at BSU which include grants/waivers, work programs, and loans. Our Financial Aid Guide is designed to inform you of some general policies and guidelines that govern the various aid programs.
We encourage you to read this guide and become familiar with its contents. We want you to be informed and become an advocate for yourself so that you will receive the maximum financial aid that is available to you.
If you need further assistance in the completion of applications or if you have questions or comments regarding the application process, your awards, or the service you receive, please feel free to contact either myself or any one of the counselors listed in this guide. Best wishes for a successful year.
Contact Information of the Bridgewater College
Office of the Admissions
402 East College Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812
Telephone: 800-759-8328 or 540-828-5375
Questions? Contact us!
Office of Financial Aid
Located in Flory Hall, rooms 108-111
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To know more about the Bridgewater College admission and aids, please visit their website directly.
You can see a complete listing of the Bridgewater Student Scholarship & Grant Programs by requesting or accessing their catalog file online.