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First-Year Scholarships and Awards

Your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. When you choose a college, you are choosing your future. 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 Simpson College.

Upon acceptance to Simpson you are automatically considered for all merit scholarships. Our merit scholarships are awarded based on your academic and personal success. Below is a chart with minimum scholarship ranges for incoming first-year students:

First-Year Scholarship levels for the entering class of Fall 2019

Don’t find yourself on the chart?
We know that all students bring a unique set of talents to our community. You are more than a test score and high school transcript. We will review each student individually and prepare a financial aid award specifically for you.

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

 

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 $27,000 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.

Other Simpson Merit-Based Awards (not based on need)

The scholarships listed below  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, contact the Office of Admissions, admiss@simpson.edu, (800) 362-2454 or 515-961-1624.

All scholarship deadlines are February 1, 2019.

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 and potential as evidenced by their high school performance and their success on the American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). 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 relationship 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 must be complete by February 1, 2019.

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 Music Scholarship Coordinator.

Legacy Awards

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).