At Bethany College we believe in making a financial commitment to our students. If your desire is to receive a Bethany education, we will do everything we can to make it affordable for you and your family.

Approximately 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance. In 2016-17, Bethany students received more than $10 million of institutional and financial support.

For more information, please contact:

The Director of Financial Aid
Bethany College
Bethany, WV 26032
(304) 829-7611

Annual Cost of a Bethany Education

The 2017-18 costs for resident students enrolled in the Fall 2017 semester or later are:

Tuition 
$27,288
Fees $1,166
Housing $4,950 to $5,350 (depending on option)
Meals $5,320
Books (est) $1,200
Transportation (est)    $1,000
Total $41,294 (approximate)

For a comprehensive list of charges, click here.

What's Available?

Depending on your academic record and financial situation, you may be eligible for one or more of the following:

Scholarship Opportunities

Merit Scholarships - Bethany Scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $18,000 per year are available to applicants who enroll at Bethany as Freshman. Transfer students can qualify for $16,000 to $18,000 per year. These awards are based upon each student's level of academic achievement and are offered through the Center for Enrollment. This is a renewable scholarship for all four years of full-time enrollment. Please visit our Scholarship Calculator to see if you are eligible for a Bethany Scholarship.

Need-Based Scholarships - All accepted students with a 2.5 or higher GPA will be awarded a Bethany College Need Grant based on a need percentage calculation. Bethany will meet 100% federal financial aid need for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A Bethany College Need Grant may be awarded to first-time freshmen or transfer undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of a completed and verified FAFSA application.

Kirkpatrick Alumni Award - Awarded to the son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of Bethany Alumni. Awards are $1,500.

Sibling Scholarship- $1,000 per year. Both siblings must be enrollled full-time.

Phi Theta Kappa - $1,500 per year offered to students transferring to Bethany from a community college. Must have a 3.0 GPA and provide proof of membership to Phi Theta Kappa.

Marching Band/ Choir - $1,000 scholarship awarded to students who participate in the College's Marching Band or Choir.

Bethany College also accepts outside scholarships.

Church Based Awards

Campbell-Stone Heritage Scholarship - Bethany College offers a scholarship in the amount of $16,000 to all students who are members of churches affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

A letter documenting church membership must be submitted by the church pastor.

Alexander Campbell Religious Leadership Awards - A $5,000 scholarship, this award is competitive and conditional. To apply, students must submit an essay affirming their commitment to religious leadership and describing their experience as religious leaders. They must also ask two people who know them well in their capacity as a church leader to submit letters of recommendation.

Students who accept the award agree to complete a course each in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, to participate faithfully in the Religious Leadership Mentor program, and to complete a Religious Leadership internship.

This scholarship is open to anyone, regardless of religious background or affiliation.

Application Deadline: March 1

Son/Daughter of a Minister - Bethany College also provides a  $1,500 scholarship to students whose parent(s) are ministers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ.

Grants

Federal and State Grants - Students with financial need as determined by results of FAFSA application. Check applicable state grant deadline on the front page of the FAFSA form.

Loans

Federal Loan Programs - Bethany participates in the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Loan programs. These low-interest loans are awarded to students based on financial need and repaid after leaving college. The Office of Student Financial Services will provide you with more details. We also offer loans to Parents through the Federal Stafford Lending Program.

Employment

Work Study - Work study is money offered to students as part of their aid package that they can earn to assist with their educational expenses. Awards range from $200 to $2,000.

*Merit awards are offered without regard for financial need. Students eligible to receive multiple scholarships/grants will receive at least the value of the highest award. It is our general college policy not to "stack" merit awards. Consideration for any additional Bethany College scholarships/grants will be based on financial need and requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

** This listing represents the principal scholarships and awards offered by the college. Priority for all financial aid is given to students accepted for admission before April 1. Bethany College Scholarship and gift assistance will not exceed the value of tuition.

How Do I Apply?

After acceptance to Bethany College, follow these steps to apply for financial assistance.

  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. You can file on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Observe the priority filing deadline of October 1, to insure maximum eligibility for financial aid.
  • Call the Center for Enrollment at (304) 829-7611 if you need assistance or have questions.