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2017-2018 International
Merit Awards

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, Coastal Carolina University is implementing a new percentage-based merit awards system. The percentage-based system means that award amounts will increase to match any increase in tuition. Please see the regulations below for more details. 

Students are automatically considered for University merit-based awards, following acceptance to CCU. There is no separate application process.

New, incoming undergraduate students, both freshmen and transfers, are eligible for consideration.

International Freshman Awards

Presidential Scholarship
60% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $15,072)

Priority Admission Deadline: January 1 or November 1

1.  1450 New SAT or 32 ACT or 637 TOEFL pBT or 110 TOEFL iBT or 8.0 IELTS; and
2.  U.S. equivalent of an A average High School GPA 

President’s Scholar Award 
45% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $11,304)  

Priority Admission Deadline: January 1 or November 1

1.  1310 New SAT or 27 ACT or 607 TOEFL pBT or 102 TOEFL iBT or 7.5 IELTS; and
2.  U.S. equivalent of a B+ average High School GPA  

Provost's Scholar Award  
35% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $8,792) 

Priority Admission Deadline: March 1 or November 1

1.  1270 New SAT or 26 ACT or 577 TOEFL pBT or 90 TOEFL iBT or 7.0 IELTS; and
2.  U.S. equivalent of a B+ average High School GPA   

Coastal Scholar Award 
25% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $6,280) 

Priority Admission Deadline: March 1 or November 1

1.  1170 New SAT or 24 ACT or 550 TOEFL pBT or 79 TOEFL iBT or 6.5 IELTS; and
2.  U.S. equivalent of a B+ average High School GPA   

Teal Scholar Award 
15% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $3,768) 

Priority Admission Deadline: March 1 or November 1

1.  1120 New SAT or 22 ACT or 537 TOEFL pBT or 74 TOEFL iBT or 6.5 IELTS; and
2.  U.S. equivalent of a B average High School GPA   

Honors Program Award 
A new laptop computer to use while attending Coastal Carolina University.   

Priority Admission Deadline: January 1 - Invitation only

1.  1270 New SAT or 26 ACT or 577 TOEFL pBT or 90 TOEFL iBT or 7.0 IELTS; and 
2.  U.S. equivalent of a B+ average High School GPA   

International Transfer Awards

Transfer Scholar Level I Award
20% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $5,024)
Priority Admission Deadline: June 1 or November 1

                                      1.  Minimum 30 transferrable credits; and               
                                      2.  Cumulative Collegiate GPA 3.25 – 3.49

Transfer Scholar Level II Award
25% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $6,280)  
Priority Admission Deadline: June 1 or November 1

                                      1.  Minimum 30 transferrable credits; and     
                                      2.  Cumulative Collegiate GPA 3.5+

Visual and Performing Arts Award 
25% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $6,280) 
Priority Admission Deadline: June 1 or November 1

   1.  Minimum 30 transferrable credits;
   2.  Cumulative Collegiate GPA 2.75+;
   3.  Major in art studio, graphic design, music, musical theatre or theatre arts; and
   4.  Be recommended by department.
                                          

 Audition/portfolio required.

                                       *Visit department’s website for audition/portfolio information

PGA Golf Management Transfer Award
25% reduction of full-time tuition (current value of $6,280) 
Priority Admission Deadline: June 1 or November 1                                     

1.  Minimum 30 transferrable credits;
2.  Cumulative Collegiate GPA 2.75+;
3.  Major in any degree program in the Wall College of Business with PGM specialization; and
4.  Be recommended by department.

Students are eligible to receive only one award from the merit-based award program. This includes the VPA Merit-based and PGM Merit-based Awards. Out-of-state students who are granted access to the Academic Common Market tuition waiver are not eligible for additional tuition reduction through the University's merit award program.  The Honors Program invitation is not considered a merit-based award.

The primary criteria used to determine freshmen applicants’ merit award eligibility are grade point average and standardized test scores; however, a comprehensive review of the following factors may be considered in determining eligibility:

  • Cumulative high school grade point averages – both weighted and unweighted, as applicable
  • Standardized test scores – SAT (combined math and evidenced based reading and writing scores) or ACT (composite score)
  • Institutionally calculated “core” grade point average (see International Admission Requirements for more information)
  • Rigor of high school coursework (ie. Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AS and A Level courses, dual enrollment)
  • Rank within graduating class
  • Academic recommendations
  • Writing samples
  • Resumes, including leadership and work experience, as well as extracurricular involvement and activities

For transfer awards, the cumulative collegiate GPA, which includes all college coursework attempted will be used to determine eligibility. Awards extended based on undisclosed or incomplete coursework may be reduced or rescinded at the institution’s discretion.

The initial awarding process for all applicants will begin in November of each year. Eligible students will be notified with an official offer letter sent via U.S. mail.

Students should be admitted to CCU by the following priority deadlines to ensure consideration:

Fall applicants should be admitted by the priority deadlines of January 1 (Freshmen) or June 1 (Transfers). Spring applicants should be admitted by November 1.

Further details about the University’s merit award program may be found on the Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Note: Award amounts are based on 2016-2017 Tuition rates. Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced on the University Website in 2017. Room and board and fees are not included in the award amount.

Refer to your Merit Award Policy included in your offer letter for renewal criteria and other conditions.

  • All applicants are reviewed for merit award eligibility. No separate application is required.
  • Students qualify for only one merit award. Merit awards cannot be combined with other merit awards.
  • Annual renewal conditions must be met to renew annual merit awards.
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 to 18 credit hours per semester).
  • Transfer students typically have a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours to qualify for merit awards.

Visual and Performing Arts Awards

Following an audition or portfolio review, the department faculty may recommend a student for consideration.

Students must major in art studio, graphic design, music, musical theatre or theatre arts (all concentrations) to qualify for this award.

Click the links below for more information on auditions or portfolio reviews.  

Visual Arts or Graphic Design       Music      Musical Theatre or Theatre Arts

PGA Golf Management Awards

Students must be admitted to the PGA golf management program by March 31. Students will receive instructions for applying to the PGA golf management program in their acceptance letters.