Are we Affordable? Glad you asked.

We work each day to make college affordable for every student at Hollins. Extensive scholarships, grants, and personalized financial assistance put your quality education within reach. Here’s proof of our commitment to affordability.


of admitted undergraduate students receive scholarships from Hollins.


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Scholarships and Awards

Find out how you can receive scholarship support to make your Hollins education even more affordable.

This calculator is meant to help estimate college costs for US students entering Hollins directly after high school. If you are an international student, adult student or transfer student, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at for more information.

Academic Excellence Awards

Open only to first-year students, except where noted.

Batten Scholar AwardFull tuition for four yearsHigh school seniors admitted by December 1 in the top of our admission pool academically may be invited to compete (online) for full-tuition scholarships.
Hollins Scholar AwardAt least $27,000 per yearHollins considers a student’s overall academic profile to determine recipients.
Hollins Recognition AwardAt least $24,000 per yearHollins considers a student’s overall academic profile to determine recipients.
Building STEM Leaders of Tomorrow ScholarshipFills the financial gap between the cost of tuition and any scholarships and grants offered to scholarsHigh school seniors intending to major in STEM who are from families whose financial means have been negatively impacted by the history of systemic racism in the U.S. Essay required.
Hollins Opportunity for Promise through Education (HOPE)Full tuition for four yearsHigh school seniors who reside within 40 miles of campus must file a FAFSA and submit a separate application for consideration.

Creative Talent and Music Awards

Creative TalentUp to $2,000 per yearFor students with exceptional talent in creative writing, dance, studio art, or theatre. Visit this page for more details.December 1
MusicFrom $1,000 up to $10,000 per yearFor students with talent in music – including scholarships for potential majors and non-majorsPreferred: December 1
Submissions received after this date will be reviewed on a funds available basis

Math and Science Awards

Math and Science AwardUp to $2,000 per yearFor students with a demonstrated academic achievement in the fields of science and/or math. Visit this page for more details.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Girl Scout AwardUp to $1,500Submit proof of your Girl Scout Award or Scouts-affiliated program (ex: organization formerly known as Boy Scouts of America) to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance before February 1 of the year you enroll. The scholarship amount is renewable and can be used only toward tuition. Open only to first-year students.

International Student Scholarship

International Friendship AwardAt least $24,000 per yearThese awards, for non-U.S. citizens, are based on academic performance. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Other Academic and Need-based Aid

Endowed Scholarships New Traditional-Age Students New Transfer Students New Adult Horizon StudentsVariesEach scholarship is awarded based on criteria specific to that fund. Examples of criteria that may be evaluated are city or state of residence, alumnae relation, financial need, and/or academic success. Admitted students will automatically be considered for these scholarships and will be notified via e-mail if additional application materials are needed.
Descendants of the Hollins Community Scholarship New Traditional-Age Students New Transfer Students New Adult Horizon Students Up to Full TuitionIn recognition of the contributions made by enslaved members of the Hollins Community, this renewable scholarship is available to their descendants. Complete this form to receive more information. Visit this page for more information on the Hollins Community.
Visit Grant All StudentsUp to $1,000Those who visit campus and enroll before May 1 are eligible for a one-time visit grant to be applied toward tuition. Students who reside more than 500 miles from campus will receive $1,000. Students who reside less than 500 miles from campus will receive $500.
FAFSA Filer Grant$500Students may be eligible for this one-time grant if they complete their FAFSA by January 1 of their senior year.
Alumnae Referral Scholarship All Students$500Provides a one-time, one-year $500 grant to a student referred by an alumna before she is admitted to Hollins. The referral form must be submitted before or at the time of the student’s application.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Students Adult Horizon StudentsUp to $2,000 per yearThis scholarship is designed for students who transfer to Hollins from another college and who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Community College Access Program (CCAP) Transfer Students$2,000For Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) students who graduate as members of CCAP with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Verification of CCAP status from VWCC is required.
Transfer Awards Transfer Students Adult Horizon StudentsUp to $26,000 per yearAward based on the student’s previous academic performance in high school and college. Students with a college GPA of  2.75 or greater qualify for at least a one-half tuition scholarship for two years.
Betty Trinkle Freeman Adult Horizon Students$500 to $1,500Academic standing and need
Lucy Hazlegrove Adult Horizon Students$500 to $1,000Academic standing and need
William Randolph Hearst Adult Horizon Students$1,000 to $5,000Students with demonstrated need and demonstrated previous academic success; preference given to transfer students.
RaiseMeNew, traditional-age domestic students     VariesEarned by students as early as grade 9, Hollins’ partnership with RaiseMe recognizes high school accomplishments through earned micro-scholarships. These scholarship dollars are meant to keep students motivated for success and, at the time of admission, are accounted for within the student’s academic merit scholarship. Build your Hollins profile with RaiseMe to begin earning. Deadline is December 1 of their senior year.

Note: Scholarships can be applied to tuition only.