The purpose of Financial Aid is to assist students in funding their college education. We are committed to working with students and families to help realize the dream of attending one of the finest Conservative Christian colleges in the nation. Patrick Henry College offers a variety of Financial Aid options for US citizens and permanent residents. Please review the "Quick Access" links on the left for more information.
If you're interested in learning more about PHC's scholarship programs, your Admissions Counselor will be glad to guide you through the application process. A scholarship application is not a contract nor does it represent a commitment by the College to award scholarships.
Students who have been admitted to the college and have completed and submitted all the required scholarship application materials by the posted deadline date as displayed on Chart 1 of the Apply Now webpage are eligible for scholarship consideration. A student may qualify for more than one scholarship from among academic, merit, endowed, and need-based. Qualification is not a guarantee that multiple scholarships will be awarded. The number and amount of awards is based on available funding each year. The College seeks to steward the resources made available each year to assist as many students as possible.
You may contact the Office of Financial Aid at (540) 441-8142 or by email at FinancialAid@phc.edu.
As a matter of institutional conviction, Patrick Henry College operates on the basis of two guiding financial principles: first, the College is committed to operating without long-term debt, adding new facilities and programs only as funds are raised; second, the College is governed by its Board of Trustees according to its Fundamental Statements and will not accept any funding, private or governmental, which includes terms that supersede the Board’s authority or conflict with these Fundamental Statements.
In order to safeguard our distinctly Christian worldview, we do not accept or participate in government funding. We believe such financial independence is a critical component of a Patrick Henry College education. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) federal grant and loan programs, ROTC funds, G.I. Bill funds, and State funds are not available to PHC students and their families. However, we are confident that our wide range of financial aid options can help bring one of the nation's finest classical Christian liberal arts educations within the reach of students from many financial backgrounds.
Because the College is recognized by the USDE as an eligible institution, PHC families may take advantage of the benefits built into the federal tax code – including education savings incentives (529 Plans), tax deductions, and tax credits. To take advantage of these benefits, please be sure to use our OPE ID number 039513-00. For further information, please refer to the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be admitted to the College as a degree-seeking student. Financial aid is available on a pro-rated basis for part-time degree-seeking students as long as the student is registered for six or more credits in the Fall and Spring semesters or three or more credits in the Summer term. As a condition of receiving financial aid, students agree that the College may publicize the individual successes achieved by students to promote the College to potential students and donors. PHC refrains from such promotion if it would jeopardize in any way a student's career opportunities, such as those in national security or related fields. Financial aid is awarded in the form of academic, merit, endowed, and need-based scholarships.
Academic and merit scholarships are applied to the full-time course load of 12 to 18 credit hours for fall and spring semesters and pro-rated if fewer than 12 credit hours are taken.