Need-Based Assistance & Other Scholarships

Need-Based Assistance & Other Scholarships
Grants, Work-Study & Loans

Need-based assistance is funded from federal, state and institutional sources and can include grants, Work-Study and loans.

Student eligibility is determined by information submitted each year on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students having demonstrated need (the difference between the estimated cost of attendance and the expected family contribution) are reviewed to determine eligibility for these funds. Funding for most of the need-based assistance is limited. Awards are processed based on the FAFSA submission date until all of the funds have been exhausted. Therefore, submitting the FAFSA in a timely manner each year could increase student eligibility for need-based assistance. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and have demonstrated need to be eligible for renewal of need-based assistance.

Need-Based Assistance

Federal Pell Grant: Eligibility for this grant is based on federal methodology. Annual Pell Grant awards for the 2021-2022 academic year range from $672 to $6,495. Award amounts will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Eligibility for this grant is based on federal methodology and priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients demonstrating the most financial need.

Appleby Grant: This grant was established in 1964 by Mr. Scott B. Appleby and may be awarded to local students attending full-time.

Young Harris College Grant: This grant may be awarded to full-time students who reside on campus.

Other Scholarships

United Methodist Scholarships: Students eligible for these scholarships must be active, full members in The United Methodist Church and be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a participating college. Visit United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships and United Methodist Higher Education and Ministry Loans & Scholarships to access scholarship applications and for more information.

O. Wayne Rollins Scholarship Fund: Each year, the YHC scholarship search committee determines freshmen students who qualify for this scholarship and these students are sent an application. The completed applications are sent to the Rollins Foundation who determine the recipients of this scholarship. Students may receive this scholarship each year as long as they follow the steps required in the renewal process. 

Rebecca Lynn Kessler: This is a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Kessler family. Current students may click here for the online application. Applications are directed to the Kessler family representatives for review and must be postmarked by November 15 each year. One scholarship recipient is chosen each academic year.

Ty Cobb Foundation Scholarship: Current students may apply for this scholarship if they meet the following criteria: Georgia resident, U.S. Citizen, have demonstrated financial need and have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with at least a “B” average. Applications must be completed online at www.tycobbfoundation.com by the March 1 deadline. Students may receive this scholarship each year as long as they follow the steps required in the renewal process.

HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered by the State of Georgia to provide assistance toward the cost of tuition. It is available to Georgia residents who graduate from an eligible high school with at least a 3.0 GPA, and who meet the required rigor course requirements as outlined by GAfutures. The State of Georgia determines student eligibility for this scholarship.

Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered by the State of Georgia to provide assistance toward the cost of tuition. It is available to Georgia residents who graduate from an eligible high school with at least a 3.7 GPA, a combined SAT score of 1200 or a composite ACT score of 26, and meet the required rigor course requirements as outlined by GAfutures. The State of Georgia determines student eligibility for this scholarship.

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) is offered by the State of Georgia to provide assistance to Georgia residents toward educational costs at a private college in Georgia. For more information about this program, visit GAfutures.org.

Work-Study: Work-Study is awarded to students from federal need-based funds (Federal Work-Study) and institutional non-need based funds (YHC Work-Study). Workers start at $8 an hour and usually work between five to ten hours per week. To view a list of current job openings and to apply for Work-Study, log into YHC Connect, click on the ‘Student Life’ tab, and then ‘Student Work’. If you have questions about student employment, email Mrs. Dilyn Cox, Coordinator of Student Work & Internships, or call (706) 379-5374.