Scholarships and Aid

Berry was founded to serve students who couldn’t afford other schools. It has remained our enduring mission to make this one-of-a-kind education available to you, regardless of your financial background. It may surprise you to hear it, but Berry is often more affordable than people expect.

This means, by choosing Berry, you will have an amazing experience at an exceptional value. US News and World Report just ranked Berry among the top 5 “Best Value” universities in the Southern region.

The financial planning for college can seem daunting, but our community of mentorship starts when you’re ready for it (you don’t even have to be a Berry student yet!). Connect with us early so that we can guide you through making a financial plan for college. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you will invest in a college education.

As a Berry student, in addition to a wide range of scholarships and programs, you will also participate in Berry’s work program, equivalent to 8 consecutive paid internships. The jobs you have will help you in building responsibility and becoming increasingly capable in the professional world. By the time you graduate, you could be running a department and supervising a staff of 20! Importantly, the average Berry student logs 1200 hours of paid professional experience by graduation, earning almost $9000 that can go toward Berry’s cost or right into their pockets.

For high school seniors and transfer students, you can start the process for admission and financial aid now by following the steps below:

  1. Apply for Admission to Berry.
    Awarding of scholarships and financial aid at Berry begins with your completed application for admission. Start your application today.
  2. Get your Federal Student Aid ID
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens on October 1. Before you start the FAFSA for the first time, you should apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) I.D. You and your parents are required to have an FSA I.D so that you can use it to sign your application electronically, and confirm your identity to access all of your financial aid  electronically.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    On October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for students starting at Berry in August 2019. To submit your FAFSA to Berry, you should enter the Berry College school code 001554 on the list of schools where your information should be sent.
    We encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to access the 2017 Federal tax returns you will need when filing the FAFSA. Using this tool will ensure the data is as accurate as possible and can be helpful in expediting the financial aid process.
  4. Review your Student Aid Report
    4-6 days after submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via the email used when submitting the FAFSA. This report will allow you to review the information you have submitted to make sure it is accurate.
  5. Review the results with your Admissions Officer to discover additional opportunities
    Once you receive your initial financial aid award, reach out to us. We’d love to speak with you about your options and continue to work with you to build a financial plan for your education.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again - we want to get to know you. The financial aid process can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you're feeling hesitant, please call or email us so we can help. Or come visit, and we’ll talk through your options with you.

For new, incoming students:
Office of Admission email:
Phone: (800) 237-7942
For returning students:
Office of Financial Aid email:
Phone: (706) 236-1714