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 Northwood University funded aid requires full-time enrollment.

Scholarships

Freshmen Merit Scholarships – Domestic Freshman

  • Awarded to new freshmen admitted for 2017/2018 academic year
  • 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 Northwood University Institutional Aid Policy and costs. Eligibility will be established at the time of award determination based on official high school GPA, test scores and financial information Students will receive formal notification stating actual eligibility from Northwood University.

Award levels:

  • Presidential Scholarship – $13,000 (with on-campus residency; $10,500 without campus residency)
    • Limited funds available
    • Renewal Subject to Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Freedom Scholarship – $11,000 (with on-campus residency; $8,500 without campus residency)
    • Limited funds available
    • Renewal Subject to Cumulative GPA 2.7
  • Free Enterprise Scholarship – $9,000 (with on-campus residency; $6,500 without campus residency)
    • Renewal Subject to Cumulative GPA 2.5
  • Entrepreneur Scholarship – $6,500 (with on-campus residency; $4,000 without campus residency)
    • Renewal Subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2
  • Liberty Scholarship – $3,500 (with on-campus residency; $1,000 without campus residency)
    • Renewal Subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2

Northwood University Competitive Speech Team Scholarship

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

Northwood University Mock Trial Team Scholarship

  • 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: $8,000/year
  • Requires 3.40 GPA or higher
  • Limited funds available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.7

Free-Enterprise Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $7,000/year
  • Requires 3.0 – 3.39 GPA
  • Limited funds available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.5

Entrepreneur Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,500/year
  • Requires 2.7 – 2.99 GPA
  • Limited funds available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2

Liberty Transfer Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,000/year
  • Requires 2.7 – 4.00 GPA
  • Requires 90+ credits to be transferred
  • Limited funds available
  • Renewal subject to Cumulative GPA 2.2

The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers Scholarship Application (NAMAD)

$25,000 per student. This is an annual scholarship available to a qualified minority freshmen student who will attend the Northwood University Michigan campus. This scholarship is in addition to Academic Merit Scholarships and will be given to qualified students for a total of four years as long as standards are met. Click here for additional details. Funding is limited to Northwood University charges

Athletic Scholarships

  • Amount: Determined by coaches.
  • Must meet 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

  • 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 after each fall semester, 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, Virtual Enterprises International
  • $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.
  • Other Freshman Scholarships

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 after each fall semester, good campus citizenship, remaining enrolled as a full-time student, and actively participating in BPA or DECA at Northwood each academic year.
  • Other Transfer Scholarships

Northwood University Alumni Scholarship - New Freshman/Transfers enrolling in the 2016/17 or the 2017/18 Academic Year

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 in the 2016/17 or the 2017/18 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.

$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.

Grants

The FAFSA for 2017-18 will be available October 1, 2016.

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.
  • FAFSA for 2017-18 will be available October 1, 2016

Federal Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant: Maximum 2016-2017 award is $5,815. 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)

  • $1,830 maximum (subject to state budget 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 1 (FAFSA available October 1 for 2017-18)
  • MTG deadline: June 30

Contact Michigan Office of 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 donor scholarships for returning students.

To be considered for Private Donor Scholarships for traditional undergraduate students, please complete the Private Donor Scholarship Opt-In Form. DeVos Graduate students must fill out the DeVos Graduate School Private Donor Scholarship Application Form for consideration.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.


Robert and Patricia Naegele were dedicated Northwood University supporters with a strong desire to help students achieve their academic goals. Their commitment to Northwood University through the Naegele Scholarship Program has touched students from all backgrounds and walks of life. The Naegele’s life-changing impact has enabled students to pursue additional majors or minors, and to defray tuition and other direct college expenses.

Naegele Grant for Educational Success Program Students

Students of varying academic skill levels are offered grants that are endowed by the generosity of donors Robert and Patricia Naegele.

The Educational Success Program (ESP) focuses on students who are maturing in their ability to apply themselves academically through hard work and commitment to their studies.

ESP Grants

  • $1,250 grants, available to 20 students
  • Renewable for up to three (3) academic years (or a total of eight [8] semesters)
  • Prevailing private donor scholarship renewal criteria applies

Criteria

  • Must successfully complete Educational Success Program and achieve regular degree-seeking admission status
    • Must pass all ESP classes
    • 100% attendance for ESP classes and events
    • 100% of assignments submitted in both ESP classes
  • Financial need based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA (need threshold varies by cohort)
  • Domestic (U.S. citizen) students only

Contact your admissions representative for more information about eligibility for the Naegele Grant for Educational Success Program Students.

Naegele Scholarship for International Students

Northwood University welcomes students from every nation and offers freshmen international student scholarships which are endowed by the generosity of donors Robert and Patricia Naegele.

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

International (non-U.S. citizens) students who enter Northwood University as freshmen are eligible.

  • A $5,000 scholarship (available to five students)
  • Renewable for up to three (3) academic years (or a total of eight [8] semesters)
  • Prevailing private donor scholarship renewal criteria applies

Criteria

  • Incoming international, non-athlete, degree-seeking (non-ESL), freshman students
  • Must have paid commit deposit
  • 3.0 or higher high school cumulative GPA – as evaluated by a Northwood appointed third-party transcript evaluation service

Click here to opt-in/apply for the Naegele Scholarship for International Students.