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Scholarships and Aid for Transfer Students

At Carthage, every student and family qualifies for some type of aid, and 99 percent take advantage of this support. The average financial aid package (grants, scholarships, loans, and college work study) covers a substantial amount of the cost of full-time enrollment. Carthage’s no-need scholarship program enables even students from families with higher incomes to be eligible for financial assistance.

Non-Need-Based Awards and Scholarships


Academic scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $16,000 per year are awarded to qualified incoming transfer students at the time of admission. These awards are based on the student’s cumulative transfer GPA and are renewable.

The following scholarships are competitive and require a special application and student participation. All are renewable for four consecutive years, unless otherwise noted, as long as the recipient is a full-time undergraduate student.

To be considered for these scholarships, you must also apply for admission to Carthage. Apply to Carthage.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$3,000
These scholarships are awarded to community college transfer students with current Phi Theta Kappa membership. This $3,000 scholarship is in addition to most other merit awards. Proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership may be requested, though there is no separate application for this scholarship.
Learn more information about the PTK Scholarship.

Fall Transfer Scholarship Competition

(1) full tuition
(1) 75% tuition

One full tuition scholarship and one 75%-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to three years, are awarded to new incoming transfer students who show determination, intelligence and motivation. Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017.
More information and online application.

Spring Scholarship Competition

(1) full tuition
(1) 75% tuition

One full tuition scholarship and one 75% tuition scholarship, renewable for up to three years, are awarded to new incoming freshmen and transfer students who show determination, intelligence and motivation. Sign up now to receive more information about the 2018 Spring Scholarships.

Need-Based Awards


Need-based aid at Carthage requires one application: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA code: 003839). The result of this analysis determines your family’s financial eligibility for aid, based on demonstrated financial need. Carthage participates in a range of federal and state financial aid programs. You may qualify for additional Carthage grants and/or loans.

Federal Grants

Pell Grant — $596-5,920
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) — $500-1,250

State Grants

Wisconsin Tuition Grant* — $256-2,900
Wisconsin TIP Grant* — $600-1,800
Wisconsin Minority Grant* — $500-2,500
Wisconsin Teacher Retention Grant* — $250-2,500
*Wisconsin residents only. Class standing stipulations may apply.

Federal Stafford Loan Program

Freshman — $5,500
Sophomore — $6,500
Junior/Senior — $7,500

Self-Help

Federal College Work Study — $500-2,000
Federal Perkins Loan — $200-1,250

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