Scholarships and Grants


Merit scholarships are based on GPA, academic achievement and other criteria. Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships in the application review process. Merit scholarships are separate from need-based financial aid.

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 school 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.

Girl Scouts Gold Award Scholarship

In December 2017, Sweet Briar College announced a new scholarship in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA for girls who have completed the Gold Award. Two awards, each valued at $2,500, are available for eligible incoming first-year students who have achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award. One is designated for a student who is a member of a Girl Scout troop in Virginia, while the other is open to a Girl Scout troop member anywhere in the United States.

The scholarship is renewable for four years of study at Sweet Briar if a grade point average of 3.0 is maintained. Scholarship winners will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Acceptance to Sweet Briar College and a commitment to attend
  2. Current (or recent) active membership in a Girl Scout troop and completion of the Girl Scout Gold Award (Please provide copy of the certificate or letter)
  3. Letter of recommendation from the troop leader
  4. Essay on how you have demonstrated a commitment to community service, leadership and/or sustainability

How to apply:

If you applied to Sweet Briar using our application, you can apply for the Girl Scout Scholarship here using the same credentials.

If you applied to Sweet Briar through the Common Application or the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, and you’d like to apply for the Girl Scout Scholarship, you’ll first need to create an account on our site. Please use the same email address you used when applying to Sweet Briar. Once an account has been created on our site, you may apply for the Girl Scout Scholarship here.

The application deadline for fall 2019 is March 1, 2019.

Stay Close, Go Far Promise Scholarship

Effective spring 2019, students from EC Glass and Heritage High Schools in Lynchburg can apply for up to $8,000 over four years to attend Sweet Briar College. The scholarship was created in Sept. 2018 by Lynchburg Beacon of Hope in partnership with six local colleges. Learn more here.

Wyllie Scholarship

Wyllie Scholarships are awarded at up to $5,000/year for four years. The aim of the Wyllie Scholarship is to encourage and support women who have an interest in majoring in engineering science at Sweet Briar College. Wyllie scholarship decisions will be based on a student’s academic record and her interest in engineering, not on financial need. This is a merit-based scholarship and these funds may be added to other financial aid provided by Sweet Briar. To apply, click here.

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 2018. For 2017-2018, that amount was set at $3,300. Applications for 2018-2019 are due by July 31, 2018. Please return the VTAG application to SBC’s financial aid office no later than July 31, 2018.

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 2017-2018 academic year, Federal Pell Grants provided assistance to students with exceptional need in amounts up to $5,920.

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.