Financial Aid Offered at Catawba College
Merit-Based Scholarships range from $3000 to full tuition and are based on a student’s academic performance in high school and/or prior college. All students are automatically considered for Merit-Based Scholarships once they are granted admission to the Catawba College.
Major-Based Departmental Scholarships
Major-Based Departmental Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 and are based on a student’s interest in a particular major at Catawba College. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria and requirements as well as an application process.
Catawba Need-Based Scholarships
Catawba Need-Based Scholarships may be awarded to incoming students based on their financial need.
Additional Catawba Scholarships
Additional Catawba Scholarships are awarded to students based on a student’s participation in Athletic Teams, Programs, and Clubs on Catawba College’s campus.
Finding and Applying for Additional Scholarships
Finding and Applying for Additional Scholarships is a great way to make Catawba College an affordable option for any student. These additional scholarships can typically be added on top of a student’s financial aid package to help reduce the out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College or reduce the amount a student may need to take in student loans.
- The Federal Pell Grant is a grant awarded based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to undergraduate students and does not need to be paid back.
- The Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded on first come first serve basis and based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to undergraduate students and does not need to be paid back.
North Carolina Scholarships and Loans
- The North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to undergraduate, North Carolina Residents attending private colleges and based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA and does not need to be paid back.
- Additional North Carolina Scholarship and Loan Opportunities for North Carolina Residents can be found by visiting the College Foundation of North Carolina website at www.cfnc.org. Each of these additional scholarships and loan opportunities have specific criteria and requirements as well as application processes.
Federal and Institutional Employment Programs
- Federal Work-Study and Campus Employment Programs are a financial aid award offered based on a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to allow undergraduate students to work as a part-time employee of Catawba College. Federal Work-Study or Campus Employment will be listed as financial aid awards on a student’s Financial Aid Award Letter if the student qualifies and funds are available. Learn about the Catawba College’s Work-Study Waitlist.
- Federal Direct Student Loans may be awarded on a student’s Financial Aid Award Letter based on a student’s submitted FAFSA application. A Federal Direct Student Loan is money given to a student to help pay for college from the federal government and must be repaid including interest.
- Private Student Loans are student loans given to a student to help pay for college from private banks and lenders. A Private Student Loan must be paid back with interest and should be used as a final option to pay a student’s out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College.
- The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is a loan a parent of an undergraduate student can use to pay a student’s out of pocket cost to attend Catawba College. Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans can be applied for by visiting www.studentloans.gov.