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SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

THE GOOD STUFF = MONEY THAT DOESN’T NEED TO BE REPAID.

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College is one of the most important investments you will ever make. Our advice – be deliberate. Weigh the options. Make comparisons. When you are ready to make your decision, we’re confident you’ll find yourself at SC.

When you are accepted, you are automatically considered for all merit scholarships. We award them based on your academic and personal success. This chart shows you the minimum scholarship ranges for incoming first-year students for Fall 2020.

High School GPA Compared to Simpson Scholarship

We review each student individually and prepare a financial aid award specifically for you. 

100% of Simpson students receive scholarships and grants.

Need-based grants and loans are also available. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must file the FAFSA by July 1.

 

FAFSA Grant

New freshmen who complete their FAFSA and submit all required application materials by Dec. 1, 2019, will receive a FAFSA Grant of $2,000. GO TO FAFSA FORM

  • This grant is not available to Simpson Promise students or students qualifying to receive Arizona, California, St. Louis or Texas tuition grants.

Good News!

The $2,000 FAFSA Grant is in addition to other merit-based scholarships.

That’s worth submitting the FAFSA materials by Dec. 1 2019 for sure!

ACADEMIC MERIT-BASED FINANCIAL AID

The financial aid listed below is awarded based on academic merit or talent, not financial need.

 You may also be eligible for other need-based programs. To be considered for these awards, 

you must be accepted for admission. For more information on any of these awards, 

contact the Office of Admissions, admiss@simpson.edu, 800-362-2454 or 515-961-1624.

The Cowles Fellowship is one of the most prestigious academic awards offered by Simpson College. Cowles Fellowships range from $29,000 to full tuition. In addition, Cowles Fellows will receive a travel stipend to be used for international/domestic travel or internship study to enhance the student’s educational experience. It is awarded only to full-time students entering their freshman year. Candidates must possess extraordinary academic ability and potential as evidenced by high school performance, including standardized test scores. Leadership skills and participation in high school or community activities will be given strong consideration. The Cowles Fellowship is renewable with a Simpson College cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained.

3 REAL STUDENT EXAMPLES

Student 1

Family income: $31,169 Student is from Iowa and Simpson Promise-eligible.
This student’s remaining costs are $2,576

Student One

Student 2

Family income: $92,807
This student’s remaining costs are $7,356

Student Two

 

Student 3

Family income: $141,428
This student’s remaining costs are $11,986

Student Three

 

  • Simpson Scholarships/Grants
  • State & Federal Grants
  • Student Loans
  • Student Employment

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OTHER SIMPSON MERIT-BASED AWARDS

These awards are not based on need and require an application, portfolio or audition. These scholarships can be awarded in addition to the academic merit scholarships, unless you are the recipient of any full tuition award. For more information on any of these awards, 

Office of Admissions, admiss@simpson.edu, 800-362-2454 or 515-961-1624.

All scholarship deadlines are February 1, 2020.

The Matthew Simpson Scholarship is named in recognition of Bishop Matthew Simpson. Eligible candidates must hold membership in a United Methodist Church, possess strong academic ability. The student must demonstrate leadership qualities in both the community and church. The final determination of the amount of the award will be made in relation to other financial assistance received. This scholarship is available to new freshmen and transfer students. Renewal requirement for the Matthew Simpson Scholarship is a cumulative GPA of 2.25 up to and including 61 completed hours. Above 61 completed hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be maintained. Matthew Simpson Scholars are awarded up to $2,000. Apply now online.

Talent Scholarships

Fine Arts Scholarship auditions/portfolios have a priority deadline of February 17, 2020, but will continue to be reviewed after this date.

Awards in this area are made to full-time students on the basis of musical ability and academic promise. An audition is required to be a candidate for music scholarships. For further information, contact the John Benoit, Department of Music Chair.

LEGACY AWARDS

PAST AND FUTURE GENERATIONS SUPPORTING THE COLLEGE MATTERS.

The Alumni Scholarship recognizes the dependent student whose parent or grandparent(s) attended Simpson College. An Alumni Scholarship of $1,000 per year will be made available to each dependent of an alumnus. The student must be enrolled full time (12 semester hours or more).

FEDERAL AND STATE GRANTS

FILING THE FAFSA IS IMPORTANT. BE SURE TO MEET ALL DEADLINES.

The FAFSA is filed online at fafsa.gov. A student must first get an FSA user ID, which serves as your electronic signature. Dependent students must also get an FSA user ID for one parent. When filing the FAFSA, be sure to list Simpson College, federal school code 001887.

The FAFSA is the only application required to determine eligibility for most state and federal assistance programs.

The information provided on the form will be analyzed at the processing center and a report of the financial need of the student and his/her family will be sent to the College in 3-5 business days. Financial aid notices are made as soon as the applicant has been accepted for admission and the results of the FAFSA has been forwarded to the College.

Iowa applicants must have their FAFSA to the processing center by July 1 in order to be eligible for State of Iowa funds.