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No doubt about it: college is expensive. Fortunately DWU can help. Many merit, talent and athletic scholarships are available, and numerous loan and grant programs can also help. DWU’s experienced team is dedicated to making the financial aid process work for each student.

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  • This amount does not include books, travel or personal expenses.
  • The average Wesleyan student receives institutional scholarships of $10,900 or more.
  • 99 percent of Wesleyan students receive financial aid.

For specific information about room and board costs and options, visit the residential life page.

Rewarding your Strengths
Students who apply and are accepted for admission will be considered for academic scholarships based on their high school GPA and standardized testing scores (ACT/ SAT). Most scholarships are renewable for four years. Visit with an admissions counselor for more details.

Our annual scholarship events take place in February for current high school seniors. An application and eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Our United Methodist heritage is important to us. The university offers eligible students scholarship awards based on their membership and involvement in their United Methodist Church.

Federal and State Assistance for Your Education
Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA – is required for consideration of federal aid. Students are required to submit the FAFSA by April 1, 2014, in order to receive priority in disbursement of federal funds. Wesleyan’s FAFSA code is 003461. Various grant and loan programs are available to students based on family need. More information can be found at www.dwu.edu/financialaid.

Campus Work Study
Students who have been identified as having a significant financial need are eligible to receive work study. Sudents who receive this award may earn up to $700 each semester by working in a variety of on-campus jobs ranging from the library to the athletic department.

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Last updated: 4/19/13