Merit-based Aid (Step 1 of 4)

$10,000 - $21,000 Awarded upon Admission

Apply for Fall 2023 to find out what your merit award will be. Roanoke invests in students who have achieved in high school.  Here are some examples of merit scholarships awarded at the time of admissions:  

4.0+ GPA = $20,000*
3.80 GPA = $18,000*
3.50 GPA = $16,000*
3.35 GPA = $14,000*

Once a need-based award has been presented, the college will no longer evaluate for additional merit-based aid.

*Applicants with a high school GPA of at least a 3.0 and a 1200 SAT/25 ACT or higher at the time of acceptance to Roanoke will receive an additional $1,000 merit award. 

Virginia residents will also receive the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. $1,000 is awarded to accepted applicants who visit during their junior or senior year in high school and attend Roanoke College.  Additional need-based financial aid is available. Merit offers are made only to accepted students.

Apply to find out how much you'll get

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

These awards are automatically awarded based upon high school academics and entitlement (funds awarded from Roanoke College according to your religious affiliation).

Roanoke College Merit Awards (Trustee, Presidential, Dean's, Faculty and Maroon)
These merit-based awards are presented to students upon their acceptance to Roanoke College. Examples of award ranges are listed above.  Recipients must have a proven academic record to be considered. High school GPA will be reviewed when determining each individual student's award. Recipients must be full-time and degree-seeking. Award amounts vary and may be renewed for up to seven additional semesters provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

The Bishop Jim Mauney Lutheran Student Grant
This grant of $2,000 is offered to full-time, degree seeking students who are members of ELCA congregations and who designate a lutheran denomination on their admissions application to Roanoke College.  This award would be in addition to the merit scholarships listed above.  To continue this program through four years, students must satisfy the same GPA requirements as specified for Roanoke College grants and awards.  Eligibility for this award will be determined by the denomination submitted on the application at the time of acceptance.

The Visit Grant
This $1,000 is awarded to accepted applicants who visit the campus during their Junior or Senior year of high school and attend Roanoke College on top of their merit award listed above.  Their visit must take place before May 1 of their Senior Year

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant
The Commonwealth of Virginia offers tuition assistance to all bona-fide residents of the state.

Transfer Scholarships

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
An explanation of Roanoke College's SAP requirements for continuation of financial aid.