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Overview

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid's purpose is to assist students and families in understanding the financial aid process and to help them find ways to fund their education at PHC. We are committed to working with students and families to help make one of the nation’s finest classical, Christian, liberal arts educations affordable. Christine Guenard, the Associate Director of Financial Aid, oversees the College’s financial aid program. She works with prospective and current students and their families to provide counsel concerning the financial aid process, including eligibility requirements for merit and need-based scholarships. The College awards over $2,600,000 in financial assistance annually to help qualified students attend PHC.

The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid works closely with the Office of Admissions, Office of Finance, and the Office of the Registrar.

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid (888) 338-1776 (toll free) or (540) 441-8142 or by email at FinancialAid@phc.edu.

Whether you're interested in finding out more about merit-based scholarships or need-based scholarships, we can help you to determine your eligibility and guide you through the application process. And if PHC's financial aid offerings don't meet your full need, we can provide information on how to find private funds.

 

Spring 2014 Enrollment

 

         October 1, 2013

                       Early Action Admission: Application feewaived

          November 1, 2013

                       Final Admission: Application fee$20

                       Final PROFILE submission for Need-Based Scholarship

 

 

Fall 2014 Enrollment

 

          November 1, 2013

                      Early Action Admission: Application fee waived

                      Scholarship Priority

          January 1, 2014

                      The Samuel Adams Scholarship for Journalism (Application and portfolio)

February 1, 2014 
             
            Regular Admission: Application fee – $20
            Regular Scholarship
            J.S. Bach Music Scholarship Application due 

            Preliminary Resumé for Forensic Scholarships due
 
 March 15, 2014
             
            Recommended PROFILE submission for Need-Based Scholarship

 

June 15, 2014 

             

            Final Admission: Application fee – $40
            Final Scholarship
            Final PROFILE submission for Need-Based Scholarship
            Final Resumé for Forensic Scholarships 
             (or at the conclusion of a national tournament, if later)

 

The PROFILE® does not have to be submitted by the Priority Deadline. It is recommended that 2013 taxes be completed before submitting the PROFILE.® However, the deadline for submitting the PROFILE® is June 15, 2014.

Financial Aid Principles
As a matter of institutional conviction, Patrick Henry College operates on the basis of two guiding financial principles: first, the College is committed to operating without debt, adding new facilities and programs only as funds are raised; second, the College is governed by its Board of Trustees according to its Fundamental Statements and will not accept any funding, private or governmental, which includes terms which supersede the Board’s authority or conflict with these Fundamental Statements. 

In order to safeguard our distinctly Christian worldview, we do not accept or participate in government funding. We believe such financial independence to be a critical component of a Patrick Henry College education. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) federal grant and loan programs, ROTC funds, G.I. Bill funds, and State funds, are not available to PHC students and their families. However, we are confident that our wide range of financial aid options can help bring one of the nation's finest classical, Christian liberal arts educations within the reach of students from many financial backgrounds.

Because the College is recognized by the USDE as an eligible institution, PHC families may take advantage of many of the benefits built into the federal tax code – including education savings incentives (529 Plans), tax deductions, and tax credits. To take advantage of these benefits, please be sure to use our OPE ID number 039513-00. For further information, please refer to the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.

Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be admitted to the College as a full-time degree seeking student. Financial aid is available on a pro-rated basis for part-time degree seeking students as long as the student is registered for six or more credits in the Fall and Spring semesters and three or more credits in the Summer term. As a condition of receiving financial aid, students agree that the College may publicize the individual successes achieved by students to promote the College to potential students and donors. PHC refrains from such promotion if it would jeopardize in any way a student's career opportunities, such as those in national security or related fields. Financial aid is awarded in the form of merit-based scholarships and need-based scholarships and other scholarships.

Financial Aid Application
Upon admission to the College, students will automatically be evaluated for the Patrick Henry Scholarship, Leadership Scholarships and the Faculty Awarded Scholarships.  Formal applications are required solely for The Samuel Adams Journalism Scholarship, The J.S. Bach Music Scholarship and the Forensic Scholarships.   Please see the individual scholarship listing for application and deadline details.

Merit-Based Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships are determined by performance indicators including: test scores, student writing skills, leadership experience, references, and personal interviews. Continued eligibility requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher depending upon the renewability requirements of the scholarship. Merit scholarships are awarded to incoming students and are renewed annually if a student remains eligible.

Need-Based Financial Aid
Students seeking need-based financial aid are required to complete the College Board CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®. The code number assigned to Patrick Henry College by College Board is 2804.  Detailed information can be found on the College Board PROFILE page, their phone number is 305-829-9793 (selecting "0" in the automated menu system will connect you with a College Board representative).  The Financial Aid Office will occasionally request additional information from the student before making an award.

Need-based aid decisions will be made based on the PROFILE Financial Need Analysis Report using the College's need-based formula. Continued eligibility for financial aid requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. All need-based scholarships will be evaluated annually and must be applied for annually using the PROFILE® to calculate expected family contribution.

The PROFILE® deadline for Fall 2014 enrollment is June 15, 2014. Students that do not submit the PROFILE® by this date may not be eligible for need-based aid.

Private Sources of Financial Aid
All students are expected to seek private sources of financial aid.  Homeschool support groups, a parent's place of employment, private boards and foundations, and private individuals are potential private sources of financial aid. With the permission of the student and parents, Patrick Henry College will release application and financial aid information to these private organizations.