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2017-2018 Merit Awards

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, Coastal Carolina University is implementing a percentage-based merit awards program. The percentage-based program 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.

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 Freshman Admission Requirements for more information)
  • Rigor of high school coursework (ie. Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment)
  • Rank within graduating class
  • Academic recommendations
  • Writing samples
  • Resumes, including leadership and work experience, as well as extracurricular involvement and activities

Click here to view profiles of 2016 merit award recipients.

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 Awards extended based on undisclosed or incomplete coursework may be reduced or rescinded at the institution’s discretion.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: As of May 2017, award amounts are based on 2017-2018 tuition rates. Room and board and fees are not included in the award amount.

Freshman Awards

 

 First-time Freshmen Merit Awards

 

Award Covers

       In-State Award Amount

     Out-of-State Resident Award Amount

 

 Presidential Scholarship

60% of full-time tuition

$6,720

per year

$15,524

per year

 

 President's Scholar Award

45% of full-time tuition

$5,040

per year

$11,642

per year

 

 Provost's Scholar Award

35% of full-time tuition

$3,920

per year

$9,056

per year

 

 Coastal Scholar Award

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

 

 Teal Scholar Award

15% of full-time tuition

$1,680

per year

$3,882

per year

 

 South Carolina Scholar Award*

10% of full-time tuition

$1,120

per year

 

 

 Visual and Performing Arts Award†

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

 

 PGA Golf Management Trustee Award‡

45% of full-time tuition

$5,040

per year

$11,642

per year

 

 PGA Golf Management University Award‡

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

 

 PGA Golf Management Wall Award‡

20% of full-time tuition

$2,240

per year

$5,174

per year

 

 

 Transfer Awards 

 

 Transfer Students Merit Awards

 

Award Covers

        In-State      Resident

     Out-of-State          Resident  

 Transfer Scholar Level I Award

20% of full-time tuition

$2,240

per year

$5,174

per year

 Transfer Scholar Level II Award

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

 Visual and Performing Arts Award†

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

 PGA Golf Management Transfer Award‡

25% of full-time tuition

$2,800

per year

$6,468

per year

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.

Click here to view profiles of 2016 merit award recipients.

 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.

 *South Carolina Scholar Award

Students must be first-time freshmen graduating from a South Carolina high school and ranking within the top 10% of their graduating class.

 †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.