DWU Scholarships and Grants

Explore Scholarship Options

Almost 100% of our students receive some form of financial assistance, including merit, talent or athletic scholarships. You can use our net price calculator to help you better understand and compare the cost of colleges you are considering.

Academic Scholarships

If you’re a first-time or transfer student who has applied and been accepted for admission, you will be considered for academic scholarships. These are offered to full-time students, and most are renewable for up to 10 semesters (usually, our students complete their degree in eight semesters).

If you’re a first-time student, your scholarship is based on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

If you’re a transfer student, your scholarship is based on your previous college GPA and other qualifications.

Here are some of the scholarships we offer so you can see what you might qualify for:

John Wesley Scholarship – $13,000-$14,750
3.7 GPA/27 ACT/1210 SAT
Trustee Scholarship – $12,000-$13,750
3.5 GPA/24 ACT/1090 SAT
Presidential Scholarship – $8,750-$13,000
3.0 GPA/18 ACT/860 SAT
Tiger Award – $3,500-$10,000
2.5-2.99 GPA/18 or below ACT/860 or below SAT
DWU Grant – $3,500
2.49 or below GPA

Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

We also give scholarships to academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership, service, and a commitment to their faith and church. These competitive scholarships require participation at one of our two scholarship days. If you qualify for the John Wesley, Trustee or Presidential Scholarships, you may also be eligible to compete for a competitive scholarship.

More information about our competitive scholarship days.

Scholarships For Transfer Students

DWU Transfer Award
3.6-4.0 GPA – $11,250-$12,000
3.2-3.5 GPA – $10,250-$11,000
2.8-3.1 GPA – $9,500-$10,000
2.6-2.7 GPA – $7,000-$8,500
2.4-2.5 GPA – $4,000-$6,750
2.3 or below GPA – Eligible for DWU grant based on need


Phi Theta Kappa Award

Up to $2,000. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible. Verification of Phi Theta Kappa chapter membership by a chapter adviser is required.

Awards For United Methodist Students

DWU United Methodist Recognition Award

You must be a confirmed member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year. Certification form required.

United Methodist GBHEM and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships

Funded through the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Applicants must have been an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. These Methodist Scholarships do not automatically renew each year. For more information, please contact us.

Awards for Athletics, Music, Theatre and Christian Leadership

Awards for both freshman and transfer students are determined by coach or director. You should be prepared to audition or provide video to help the coach or director evaluate you and determine your award amount.

If you’re a high school senior student, an award of up to $4,000 may be available to you if you demonstrate a strong commitment to youth leadership in your local church and commit to be active in student ministry at DWU. You are not required to be United Methodist.

Register for Performing Arts Audition Day

Apply for the Christian Leadership Award

Contact your admissions counselor for more information about these awards.

Some Guidelines About Scholarships

DWU institutional scholarships, awards and grants may not exceed the cost of tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University in any given year.

Any student receiving a minimum of $12,000 in institutional aid is required to live on campus.

First-time freshman scholarships or awards may be increased if your GPA or ACT/SAT score increases before March 1 of your senior year.

Questions? Contact us at any time.