Applicants who submit applications to Salem College are automatically considered for our Trustee Award, Presidential Scholarship, Arbor Award, Founders Award, and Spirit Award. These are four-year merit-based tuition scholarships between $14,000-$20,000 depending on high school GPA. Outstanding applicants may receive four years of full tuition or full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, and board) through named awards such as the Chatham, Elberson, Kick, Womble, and Whitaker, Davis Art scholarships.
Transfer students may be eligible for the Dean’s Award based on their college GPA. The Dean’s Award is $15,000/year.
Beginning in Fall 2022, 25 incoming first year student students with GPAs of 3.8 or higher who are interested in health and have a demonstrated record of leadership* will be named Salem Scholars and receive 100% of tuition and fees for 4-years along with special Health Leadership experiences like health-based study abroad and internships. This program requires a separate application which will be provided to all interested applicants after November 1, 2021.
Salem offers extensive need-based aid as well based on the FAFSA. The 2022-23 FAFSA can be completed online
using 2020 tax information.
Salem is dedicated to admitting qualified students and working with individual families to meet financial needs. Through need-based grants, low-interest loans, work-study programs, merit-based scholarships, and payment plans, Salem makes every effort to meet financial concerns and tailor a financial aid package to suit each individual.
This innovative award provides up to 100% coverage of tuition and fees for North Carolina resident applicants who are Pell eligible. Salem is ranked 4th in the nation for Social Mobility because of our outstanding record of graduating students who receive Pell grants.
Tuition and Fees
The tuition, fees, room, and board costs for a Salem student living on campus during the 2022-23 school year is $43,562 which includes the following fees:
- Technology fee: $300
- Student activity fee: $216
The tuition and fees for a Salem student commuting to campus during the 2022-2023 school year is $31,016.
In 2021-22, the average full-time Salem undergraduate received merit and need based aid in excess of $23,500 before any loans.
For questions regarding merit scholarships, please contact the Admissions Office at (336) 721-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the FAFSA and need-based aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (336) 721-2808 or email@example.com.