A Private Education Doesn't Have to Cost A Fortune

There are many scholarship and grant opportunities available to Northwood students.  Please contact Financial Aid with any questions and to see how to apply for additional scholarships and grants.   We're here to help you develop a plan to finance your education.

Please be advised that all Northwood University funding listed below is subject to the availability of funds and may change at any time. Also, the timeliness of the admissions application and deposit may influence the availability of funds regardless of eligibility.  Most NU funded aid requires full-time enrollment.

Scholarships

Freshmen Merit Scholarships - Domestic Freshman

  • Awarded to new freshmen beginning in 2015-2016
  • Based on GPA and ACT/SAT test scores.
  • Visit Net Price Calculator to determine your potential merit qualifications.
    • The Net Price Calculator Merit Scholarship estimate is based on the most recent NU Institutional Aid Policy and costs.  Eligibility will be established at the time of award determination.  Students will receive formal notification stating actual eligibility from Northwood University.
  • Award levels:
    • Presidential Scholarship - $11,000 (with on-campus residency; $9,000 without campus residency)
    • Freedom Scholarship- $10,000 (with on-campus residency; $8,000 without campus residency)
    • Free Enterprise Scholarship - $8,000 (with on-campus residency; $6,000 without campus residency)
    • Entrepreneur Scholarship - $6,000 (with on-campus residency; $4,000 without campus residency)
    • Liberty Scholarship - $3,000 (with on-campus residency; $1,000 without campus residency)
  • Limited Funds Available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA criteria

NU Competitive Speech Team Scholarship (MI campus only)

  • Amount: Determined by Competitive Speech Team coach.
  • These scholarships are determined annually, are based upon NU Competitive Speech team participation, and require a cumulative 2.5 GPA be maintained.

NU Mock Trial Team Scholarship (MI campus only)

  • Amount: Determined by Mock Trial Team coach.
  • These scholarships are determined annually, are based upon NU Mock Trial team participation, and require a cumulative 2.5 GPA be maintained.

Transfer Merit Scholarships - Domestic Students

Freedom Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $7,500/year
  • Requires 3.40 GPA or higher
  • Limited Funds Available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.7

Free-Enterprise Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $6,500/year
  • Requires 3.0 - 3.39 GPA
  • Limited Funds Available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.5

Entrepreneur Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000/year
  • Requires 2.7 - 2.99 GPA
  • Limited Funds Available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2

Liberty Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500/year
  • Requires 2.7 - 4.00 GPA
  • Requires 90+ Credits to be transferred
  • Limited Funds Available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2

The Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Click here to apply online

$5,000 to $10,000 per student. This is a multi-year scholarship and will be given to the student for a total of four years as long as standards are met. This award is in addition to academic scholarships. Click here for additional details.

Athletic Scholarships

  • Amount: Determined by coaches.
  • Must meet NAIA or NCAA eligibility requirements.

Northwood Scholarships

If you qualify for more than one of the scholarships listed below, you may choose the ONE scholarship that best suits your needs.

Business Club Scholarships - Incoming Freshmen

  • All incoming freshmen who have participated during their senior year in one of the business clubs must have a 2.5 GPA and have submitted a letter of recommendation from their advisor. Additional criteria is described below for the various club scholarships.  Renewal requires maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA, good campus citizenship, remaining enrolled as a full time student, and actively participating in BPA or DECA at Northwood each academic year.
DECA, BPA, FBLA, JA, FCCLA, Skills USA
  • $4,000 ($1,000/year)
    • All incoming students that have participated in one of the business clubs may qualify. Must have a 2.5 GPA and have submitted a letter of recommendation from the club advisor to the Admissions Office.
  • $10,000 ($2,500/year) (BPA/DECA Only)
    • All state officers, and national or state 1st place winners by category with a 2.5 GPA and letter of recommendation from the club advisor to the Admissions Office.
  • $20,000 ($5,000/year) (BPA/DECA Only)
    • All national officers with a 2.5 GPA and letter of recommendation from the club advisor to the Admissions Office.

Transfer Club Scholarships

  • Amount: $1000/year
  • Must be a member of one of the following programs through the college you plan to transfer from:
    • Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda
    • Business Professionals of America
    • Phi Theta Kappa
    • American Marketing Association
    • Collegiate DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi
    • Enactus
  • Must have a minimum 2.7 Cumulative GPA, Phi Theta Kappa must have a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Must be enrolled a minimum of two years.
  • A signed letter of recommendation from your club advisor must be faxed or emailed to the applicable NU Admissions Office confirming current participation.
  • Renewable by maintaining a 2.5 Cumulative GPA and active participation in DECA or BPA at Northwood University.

NU Alumni Scholarship - New Freshman/Transfers enrolling the 2014/15 or 2015/16 Academic Year

  • Amount: $1000/year
  • Recipient must be a dependent of a Northwood University alumnus.
  • Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA and good campus citizenship.
  • Complete NU Alumni Scholarship Application

NU Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship - New Freshman/Transfers enrolling the 2014/15 or 2015/16 Academic Year

  • Amount: $2000/year
  • Recipient must have a parent working in the automotive aftermarket or heavy duty aftermarket industry.  A verification form must be filled out and received by the admissions office.
  • Download Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Verification Form
  • Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA and good campus citizenship.

Family Tuition Scholarship

If two or more dependent students from the same family attend full time in the traditional program for the Fall and Spring semesters, each student will receive $1,500 for the spring semester. Eligibility determined annually.

Michigan Chamber of Commerce/Northwood University Partnership - New Freshman/Transfers enrolling the 2014/15 or 2015/16 Academic Year

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Northwood University have a shared goal of strengthening Michigan’s business climate through effective leadership. As Northwood University develops future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society, the Michigan Chamber promotes conditions favorable to job creation and business growth in Michigan. Together, we both share in an entrepreneurial, free-enterprise society that recognizes individual freedom, limited government, and personal responsibility.

These interconnecting missions have led our two organizations to partner and share resources to educate future business leaders on Michigan’s business climate. This two-fold partnership offers a $1,000 tuition scholarship for eligible Northwood University students and a free student membership to all enrolled Northwood students starting in fall of 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years.

$1,000 Tuition Scholarship

Click here for the MI Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Request Form

This partnership will provide a $1,000 tuition scholarship to first-time Northwood University students who are full-time and living on the Midland Campus.  To qualify, applicants must be an employee – or the spouse/child of an employee – who works for a Michigan Chamber of Commerce member in good standing.

This tuition scholarship is renewable annually as long as the recipient continues to meet the Michigan Chamber of Commerce membership qualifications and Northwood University eligibility criteria of a cumulative 2.5 GPA and on-campus residency.

Free Student Membership

In addition, this partnership provides all Northwood University students with a free Michigan Chamber of Commerce Student Membership for as long as they are enrolled at the university.

Through this membership, students will receive regular e-communications about legislative, political and other news affecting the business community. They will keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in the corporate world, so they hit the ground running when they enter it as leaders, managers or entrepreneurs.

Florida Specific

  • Northwood University Florida Residency Scholarship: $1,000 per academic year.  Florida resident for one year prior to enrollment, graduated for a Florida high school within the last 18 months, and has earned less than 12 college credit hours.

Grants

Northwood Grants

  • Northwood University Grant: Variable amount limited by the availability of funds each year. Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Requires full time enrollment.

Federal Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant: Maximum 2014-2015 award is $5,730. Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is determined from the results of the FAFSA.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): Variable amount. Receipt of these funds is limited to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and who are Pell Grant eligible. Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

State of Michigan Scholarships and Grants

Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) or Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

  • $1,626 maximum (subject to state budget and funding levels)
  • Awarded to Michigan residents who demonstrate need
  • Renewable up to 10 semesters if the student continues to demonstrate financial need and continues to meet the university's standards of academic progress
  • MCS preferred deadline: March 1st.

Contact Michigan Office of Scholarships & Grants for more details.

Please contact an admissions representative to learn about additional scholarship opportunities.

State of Florida Scholarships and Grants

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Variable.
  • Awarded by the State of Florida to Florida residents based on academic performance.
  • Students must apply after December 1 during their senior year in high school. Contact your high school guidance office for details.
  • Northwood University's school code for the Bright Futures Scholarships is 024.

Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program (ABLE)

  • Variable amount.
  • Tuition assistance awarded to Florida residents who meet all program requirements.
  • Student must be enrolled full time.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

  • Variable amount.
  • Awarded to Florida residents who demonstrate need and meet all program requirements.
  • Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Student must be enrolled full time.

Contact State of Florida Scholarships & Grants for more details.

Please contact an admissions representative to learn about additional scholarship opportunities.

Private Donor Scholarships

Many Northwood friends and affiliates have generously provided funding for private scholarships for returning students. Online application for these scholarships will be available in December. The application deadline is February 14th, and is for returning students. To find out the criteria for these scholarships please view the complete 2014-2015 List.