We know you've been working hard to get to this point, and that matters to us. That's why approximately 96 percent of our undergraduate students receive financial aid, with approximately $60 million awarded annually.

Whether you've earned an academic scholarship or qualify for need-based grants, we're working to help make Harding affordable for every student.

Academic Scholarships

National Merit Scholarship
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists and have selected Harding University as their first-choice university with the National Merit Corporation. The minimum award for this scholarship is full tuition.

Trustee Scholarship
Awarded to a large number of incoming freshmen, as determined by an admission interview. All applicants with a minimum score of 31 on the ACT or 1360 (combined Math and Critical Reading) on the SAT are invited to interview for this scholarship. Official (sent directly from ACT or The College Board) minimum qualifying test scores must be received in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at least one week prior to when the scholarship interviews end in early spring. The award amount is full tuition.

Academic Achievement Scholarship
Awarded to freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher or an SAT total score of 1020 (combined Math and Critical Reading) or higher. Students may retake the ACT and/or SAT through June of their senior year in hope of a higher score and, therefore, larger scholarship amount. Award amounts range from $3,500 to $11,000 per year.

Transfer Student Scholarship
Awarded to transferring students (transferring 14 hours or more) with a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Award amounts range from $1,500 to $2,500 per year.

Need-Based Grants

Harding Freshman Grant
Students eligible for the need-based Federal Pell grant may qualify for a one-time Harding Freshman Grant of up to $8,000 to help pay first-year tuition, room and board costs not already paid by federal loans, the family contribution as determined by the FAFSA, and other grants or scholarships awarded by Harding University or federal/state sources. Awards from the Harding Freshman Grant fund will be reduced by any and all grants, scholarships, and discounts the student receives. This program is only available for the first year of school and is limited to new (freshman) students with fewer than 14 units earned at another college or university.

Sophomore, Junior and Senior Need-Grants
Recipients of both the Harding Freshman Grant and the Federal Pell Grant who have earned a 2.5 GPA at the end of the first year of school may become eligible for the Harding President’s Endowed Scholarship program, and students with a 3.0 GPA may be eligible for the Harding Stephens Scholarship program. Through these scholarships, students may receive a total up to $9,750 paid during the sophomore, junior and senior year of school, according to the following schedule:

 President's Endowed
(minimum 2.5 GPA)
Stephens Scholarship
(minimum 3.0 GPA)
Total Need-Based Awards
Sophomores$1,250 +$2,000 =$3,250
Juniors$1,250 +$2,000 =$3,250
Seniors$1,250 +$2,000 =$3,250
Total$3,750 +$6,000 =$9,750

To continue eligibility for this program, students must maintain the minimum stated GPA and continue to be eligible for the need-based Federal Pell Grant program. Other restrictions and rules may apply.

Tuition Discounts*

Christian College Employee Discount
Awarded to selected who are children of full-time Christian college employees as certified by letter from the administrator of the school. The school must be affiliated with the churches of Christ and a length of full-time service of at least one year is required. Award amount: 50% tuition discount. Award may not be combined with an academic scholarship or exceed full tuition.

Christian Ministers Discount
Awarded to selected who are children of full-time Church of Christ pulpit or youth ministers. New undergraduate (freshman or transfer) students will receive a 25% tuition discount. Discount may be combined with an academic scholarship but may not exceed full tuition. To qualify, pulpit or youth ministry must be the full-time (40-hour) paid vocation for at least one parent. That parent must have been employed full-time as a minister at least one year prior to receiving the discount. A verification letter signed by two elders of the respective congregation must be sent to the Admissions Office. Graduate students are not eligible.

Christian Missionary Discount
Awarded to unmarried dependents of Christian missionaries serving and living outside the United States. A letter must be received annually from an elder of the sponsoring church of Christ congregation giving the current status of the parents. Award amount: 25% tuition discount. Discount may not be combined with other non-academic discounts. It may, however, be combined with an academic scholarship, as long as it does not exceed full tuition.

Christian School (K-12) Discount
Children of full-time Christian school K-12 employees may be awarded a discount. The parent must provide a letter from the administrator of the school stating that they are a full-time employee. A length of full-time service of at least one year is required. The school must be affiliated with the churches of Christ, a member of the National Christian School Association (NCSA) and must teach students through grade 12. Award amount: 25% tuition. This discount may be combined with an academic scholarship though it may not exceed full tuition.

Orphan Discount
Awarded to children who have lost both parents through death and remained a ward of the state until age 18 (evidenced by court documentation), or to any resident of a church of Christ affiliated Christian children's home who have been legally and permanently separated from both parents (as certified by an administrator of the children's home). Award amount: 50% tuition. Award may not be combined with an academic scholarship or exceed full tuition.

Tuition Exchange Discounts
Harding University is a member of Tuition Exchange and offers a 100% tuition discount to qualified children of faculty and staff employed at another Tuition Exchange college or university. Awardees must be first-time college freshmen. Award may not be combined with academic scholarships or exceed full tuition. To view a list of participating universities, og on to

* All discounts are valid for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate education. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) each semester.

Other Scholarships

Engineering Scholarships
Three scholarships are available for incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering at Harding University. The scholarships are funded by the Crews Family Endowment for Engineering, which is an endowment set up by a very generous family of an engineering alumnus to help students start their engineering careers at Harding. Download 2015 application pdf

A limited amount of funds are available based on restricted criteria, such as awards to benefit students from certain regions of the country. Should an applicant match the restricted criteria established by a donor, the applicant will be contacted and invited to apply for restricted/endowed funding.

Internet and Local Scholarship Resources
Our Web site,, provides a link to an abundance of information on national scholarships. In addition, your local high school guidance counselor will have information on scholarships available in your home community.

Legacy Scholarship
Members of the Class of ‘72 have established an endowed fund for the purpose of providing one or more scholarships each year for incoming freshmen who are descendants of former Harding students. Download 2015 application pdf

Scouting Scholarship
Awarded to selected full-time students (minimum of 12 hours) who have earned the rank of Eagle (Boy Scouts of America), Silver Award (Venturing), Quartermaster Award (Sea Scouts), Gold Award (Girl Scouts of the USA), or the Stars and Stripes Award (American Heritage Girls). Beginning with the fall 2012 semester, selected incoming freshman (first time in college) will receive $1,000 per year (awarded at $500 per semester) toward undergraduate tuition for up to four (4) years. Interested students should send a copy of a certificate or pocket card indicating the award earned to the Assistant VP for Enrollment Management. Once the scholarship has been awarded, recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at Harding. This scholarship also requires continued service to and annual verification letter from a local (Central Arkansas) pack, troop or District Council for renewal. Total Harding funded scholarships may not exceed full tuition.

The Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting (MCCS) also offer scholarships to entering college freshmen. For more information and an application, visit the MCCS website and click on “MCCS scholarship.” Applications are due by March 15.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
Admissions Services
Box 12255
Searcy, AR 72149-5615