Residential Undergraduate

Financial Aid

Steps to Receive Financial Aid
  1. Admission to Bryan College – You must be accepted for admission in order to receive financial aid.
  2. FSA ID – Serves as your identifier to let you sign your FAFSA and access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems.  It’s like the Personal Identification Number that you get from your bank that enables you to access your account.
  3. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – Must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants, work and loans.  Submit it prior to January 31 for priority consideration.  Federal School Code: 003536.
  4. Verification – About 30% of our students are selected for a process called verification. If you are selected you will receive notification requesting signed copies of tax documents.
  5. Notification – Award letters to accepted students begin mailing in March and are posted in MyBryan. Details are in your financial aid package.
Scholarships & Grants
Award Type Amount
Presidential Scholarship

Incoming freshmen with a 3.5 high school GPA and 27 ACT or 1210 SAT.

Academic $12,000 – $14,000
Dean's Scholarship

Incoming freshmen with a 3.0 high school GPA and 22 ACT or 1020 SAT.

Academic $6,000 – $10,000
Director's Scholarship

Incoming freshmen with a 2.5 high school GPA and 18 ACT or 860 SAT.

Academic $4,000
Difference Maker Scholarship

Competitive scholarship for incoming freshmen awarded through an on-campus event.

Academic $500 – $5,000
National Merit Recognition Program

Incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists.

Academic $2,000 – $12,000

Full Tuition

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Incoming transfer student who is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Academic $2,000
Transfer Scholarship

Incoming transfer students with a 2.00 college GPA.

Academic $2,000 – $12,000
Word of Life Scholarship

Incoming transfer students from Word of Life Bible Institute.

Academic $15,000
Bryan Need-Based Grant

Incoming freshman with need as determined by the FAFSA.

Need-Based Varies
Bryan Opportunity Program

Incoming Tennessee freshman who have a total family income <= $35,000.

Need-Based Up to Full Tuition, Room and Board
REACH Scholarship

Bledsoe, Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, and Sequatchie County residents with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT.

Local $8,000
Rhea County Scholarship

Rhea County residents with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT.

Local $15,000
Alumni Grant

Students who have a parent or grandparent that has graduated from Bryan College. Renewable.

Selective Grants $1,000

Recipients of the AWANA citation award. Verify through AWANA Connections. Renewable.

Selective Grants $1,000
Christian Worker Grant

Incoming students whose parents are in full-time ministry. Not stackable with Foreign MK Grant. Renewable.

Selective Grants $1,000
Foreign MK Grant

Students with a parent in full-time foreign missionary service where charitable gifts are the major source of family income.

Selective Grants $3,000
Homeschool Grant

Students who were home educated for at least the last two years of high school. Renewable.

Selective Grants $1,000
Sibling Grant

A tiered grant designed to help families with more than one member of an immediate household attending Bryan College full-time.

Selective Grants $500+
Summit Ministries Grant

Students who attended Summit Ministries Conference or a similar program dedicated to Biblical Worldview formation. Renewable.

Selective Grants $2,000
Athletic Scholarships

Based upon ability.

Performance Varies
Musical Merit Scholarship

Incoming freshmen who are pursuing a major in music.

Performance $8,000
Music Scholarships

Based upon ability.

Performance Varies
Theatre Scholarships

Based upon ability.

Performance Varies
Worship Arts Scholarships

Based upon ability.

Performance Varies
Donor Scholarships

Scholarships from the endowment which are typically given to current students.

Miscelaneous Varies
Federal Pell Grant

Based on the Expected Family Contribution calculated on the FAFSA.

Federal Aid Varies
SEOG Grant

Students that have a FAFSA EFC of 0.

Federal Aid $1000

Students planning to teach high-need subjects in designated Title I schools.

Federal Aid Up to $4,000
Aspire Award

Meet the HOPE Scholarship requirements, and parents’ or independent student’s and spouse’s adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form.

State Aid $1,500

In addition to HOPE Scholarship.

Christa McAuliffe Scholarship

Current college seniors who intend to teach in Tennessee Schools.

State Aid $500

In addition to HOPE Scholarship.

General Assembly Merit Scholarship

Freshman who have excelled in their TN high school, offered in conjunction with the TN HOPE Scholarship.

State Aid $500

Per semester.

Minority Teaching Fellows Program

Minority Student, high school senior or continuing college student, committed to teaching in TN. High School Senior: 2.75 GPA and 18 ACT/Top 25% in class. Continuing College Student: 2.5 GPA.

State Aid $5,000

Per year.

Ned McWherter Scholarship

TN student scoring minimum 3.5 GPA and ACT/SAT Score in the Top 5% Nationally.

State Aid $6,000

Per year.

Tennessee HOPE Access Grant

Minimum unweighted GPA 2.75, and 18-20 ACT/860-970 SAT, and household adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less on IRS tax form.

State Aid $1,375

Per semester.

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship

TN student with minimum 21 ACT or 980 SAT or Unweighted GPA of 3.0.

State Aid $1,750-2,250

Per semester.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)

FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 2100 or less.

State Aid $2,000-4,000

Per year.


Worth The Investment

Discover how scholarships and grants, competitive graduation rates, and lower than average student indebtedness add up to incredible value.

Graduation Rate

In comparing 8 similar institution within 50 miles, Bryan College boasts the highest graduation rate, and our rate is 18 percentage points above average.


Bryan is ranked the #9 Best Value and the #15 Most Affordable Christian college in the U.S by Christian Universities Online.

Lower Debt

The average amount borrowed among Bryan graduates is less than $15,500. That's lower than the Tennessee average of $21,775 and the national average of $29,400.* *

Gift Aid

Bryan College awarded over $6.5 million in institutional scholarships and grants to students.