Attending college is an investment in your future, and SBU partners with you to make it as affordable as possible to come to SBU and achieve your goals. More than 98% of SBU students receive financial aid! Your admissions counselor will work with you to help you maximize your financial aid options at SBU.
Be sure to check out the SBU Estimator, our cost calculator tool, which will help you get a better idea of which scholarships and financial opportunities may be available to you.
I think the biggest lesson I learned at SBU is how much the Lord provides. I see how He directed my steps to go to SBU and provided financially for me to go there. He revealed His faithfulness again when I had a job offer before my last semester at SBU.
SBU is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to reward achievements and provide financial assistance for outstanding students who bring special abilities to our campus that benefit our whole community.
Upon admittance to SBU, your admissions counselor will notify you of eligibility for academic scholarships. You must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student on the Bolivar campus to receive these scholarships. With the exception of the Dutile Scholars Award, you may only receive one academic scholarship.
If you qualify to receive an Ingman Distinguished Scholars Award or a Pike Scholars Award (see below), you will be invited to participate in Scholars Day to earn one of the academic-competitive scholarships. Scholars Day participants may choose to come compete on either Saturday, December 3 or Saturday, February 4. If you have questions about Scholars Day or whether you qualify, please contact your admissions counselor at (417) 328-1810.
Unlimited amounts of each of these scholarships are given annually and are awarded based on the combination of your GPA and ACT/SAT scores.
SBU offers a number of scholarships designed to both reward and develop your unique talents.
Interested in one of the fine arts areas? Performance-based scholarships are available in amounts beginning at $500/year and are given on a competitive basis. Contact your admissions counselor for details regarding application and audition processes.
SBU is a proud participant in 18 NCAA Division II sports. Teams are able to award athletic performance scholarships in amounts beginning at $500/year and are given by coach discretion based on your performance. To let a coach know of your interest in joining an SBU athletic team, go to www.SBUBearcats.com and fill out the prospect questionnaire for your sport of interest.
Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track (Indoor and Outdoor)
Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track (Indoor and Outdoor) and Volleyball
As a Christian university, it is SBU's privilege to award scholarships to students entering the ministry and to partner with churches who want to assist their students in pursuing Christian higher education.
With the exception of the Church Matching Scholarship, application deadline is March 1. If you apply to SBU after March 1, your scholarship application is due within 30 days.
$2,000 per year if you are pursuing an academic degree in Biblical Studies, Christian Ministry, Church Music, Intercultural Studies, or Religion and Philosophy.
SBU will match dollar-for-dollar up to $500 annually whatever amount your church contributes toward your education. Let your admissions counselor know if your church wishes to participate in this scholarship opportunity.
$1,000 per year awarded to dependents of a full-time church-related vocational professional.
$1,000 per year awarded to dependents of someone currently serving full-time on the mission field for the International Mission Board (IMB), North American Mission Board (NAMB) or another approved missions organization.
SBU is blessed by many private donors who fund private scholarships for full-time undergraduate students on the Bolivar campus who demonstrate financial need. These scholarships require you to maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and be enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours).
If you have a brother or sister attending SBU at the same time as you, you will both be eligible for a sibling scholarship of $500/year each. Ask your admissions counselor for details.
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine your eligibility for state and federal grants, which are financial awards that do not have to be paid back.
The Federal Pell Grant is a free federal grant for eligible undergraduate students with financial need. Grants are awarded in various amounts up to $5,695 per year.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a free federal grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. SBU award amounts range from $200-$1,000 per year.
State program grants are administered by the state of Missouri for eligible undergraduate students from Missouri with financial need. The Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program award amounts range from $2,000-$4,600 per year based upon available state funding.
The Federal College Work Study Program is for part-time, on-campus job positions for students with financial needs. You can potentially earn up to a maximum of $1,950 for the school year through your work study job. You will receive a paycheck every other week. Work study eligibility is based on your FAFSA results.
Loan eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid based on your submitted FAFSA. After SBU receives your FAFSA, you will be mailed a personalized financial aid award letter which will include required loan documents for any loans for which you qualify. These forms must be completed and returned for the loan to be processed.
Detailed information about repayment of federal loans, including borrower's rights and responsibilities, is available at StudentAid.ed.gov.
If you are a new, incoming student please contact your admissions counselor with questions or concerns regarding financial aid. Current SBU students may call the Office of Financial Aid at (417) 328-1822.