Scholarships and Grants


Sweet Briar considers all students for merit scholarships at the time of admission. We also offer additional interest-specific scholarships.

All students also are encouraged to apply for outside/private scholarships that are not SBC specific. Starting in the fall of your senior year, check regularly with your high school’s college placement/guidance counselor about scholarships offered in your community.

Create online scholarship profiles on sites such as Fastweb, Chegg or BigFuture. There are thousands of scholarships available to students each year. Apply for as many as possible. Just keep in mind, scholarship searches should always be free. Never pay for a scholarship search.

Presidential Scholarships

Each year, Sweet Briar’s top incoming students are invited to campus to compete for Presidential Scholarships that will help offset the cost of study at Sweet Briar. Over a weekend, these students meet with College faculty for interviews, talk to alumnae and students, and attend classes.

Need-based Aid

A college education is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your future. If Sweet Briar College is your choice, we will work closely with you to help you manage this investment.

Once you qualify for admission, you also may qualify for need-based assistance, academic awards or both. Need-based financial aid is offered to families who demonstrate the need for additional resources to afford Sweet Briar’s total cost.

Sweet Briar College Grants

Students who qualify for need-based assistance will automatically be considered for institutional grants after being accepted to SBC and after the College has received their FAFSA results.

State Grants

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)

Virginia residents are eligible to apply for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. VTAG is a state grant, the amount of which is based on state funding. The amount will be announced in late-spring 2017. For 2016-2017, that amount was set at $3,200. Applications for 2017-2018 are due by July 31, 2017. Please return the VTAG application to SBC’s financial aid office no later than July 31, 2017.

Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG)

Virginia’s General Assembly passed this program into law in 2007. If you are graduating with an associate degree, you will need to complete and submit your FAFSA and your final academic transcript with your associate degree posted to us. For more information, see the CTG program fact sheet.

The base grant for all eligible, full-time students is $1,000 ($500 per term). Students enrolling full-time into a science, teaching, engineering, mathematics (STEM) degree or nursing program may receive an additional $1,000 ($500 per term). Please be advised that state law requires that eligibility for state need-based grants, if any, may be adjusted due to the CTG award.

Federal Grants

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Federal Pell Grants provided assistance to students with exceptional need in amounts up to $5,815.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) provide assistance in amounts up to $4,000 for one academic year to students with exceptional need who qualify for Federal Pell Grants.


Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based student employment program offered to students who show exceptional need and are Pell Grant eligible.

Sweet Briar College Work-Study is a college-funded, need-based, student employment program offered to students who demonstrate financial need. There also are non-need-based college jobs at Sweet Briar.