Scholarships and Aid

An Important Investment

That Impacts the Rest of Your Life

We are committed to making academic excellence affordable. For years, Mercer has been consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the nation and has been named among the Best Value Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • > 90%

    of students receive merit scholarships upon admission to the University.

  • 70–95%

    of tuition is typically covered by federal, state, and Mercer-funded scholarships and grants for most incoming students.

  • 81%

    of incoming Georgia students receive the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship.


All scholarship amounts are awarded annually for up to four years to students enrolling in the residential undergraduate program on the Macon campus, unless otherwise stated.


Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated cost to attend college for one academic year. COA is broken down into two parts:

  • Direct costs are charges billed by the institution
  • Indirect costs are other costs students may incur during their period of enrollment

To learn more about the cost of attendance at Mercer, visit the Office of Student Financial Planning website.


Follow these six steps to be eligible to receive federal, state, and university financial aid.

Step 1: Apply to Mercer

Date Deadline
August 1 Application for Admission Opens
November 1 Early Action I Application Deadline
Mid-November Early Action I Decision Release
December 2024-2025 FAFSA Available
December 1 Early Action II Application Deadline
Mid-December Early Action II Decision Release
January 26 Future Mercerian Scholarship Application Deadline I
February 1 Regular Decision Application Deadline
Mid-February Regular Decision Release
March 15 Future Mercerian Scholarship Application Deadline II
April 1 Final Award Notification for Future Mercerian Scholarship Application

Step 2: Receive your admission decision and your merit scholarship.

Upon admission to Mercer, all students are evaluated for eligibility to receive a merit scholarship. Initial merit scholarships for first-year students typically range from $18,000 to $25,000 per year.

University Merit Scholarships are renewable for 4 years/8 semesters. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to retain scholarship each year.

Three students walking on campus in the fall

Step 3:
Complete Your FAFSA

The most important step in a student’s journey to receive financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available beginning in December of a student’s senior year.

International students are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, but are eligible to complete the FMSA without submitting the FAFSA.

Step 4: Submit the Future Mercerian Scholarship Application.

The Future Mercerian Scholarship Application (FMSA) allows admitted first-year students to apply for the opportunity to receive additional scholarships based on their academic interests, activities, and service.

Students must receive their acceptance to Mercer University prior to submitting the FMSA. You must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to receive additional scholarships through the FMSA.


Step 5: Complete a Financial Aid Conversation

Schedule a time with your admissions counselor through your Mercer application portal to review your financial aid opportunities.


Step 6: Access Scholarship Universe

Mercer University students can find outside scholarship opportunities in one place using Scholarship Universe. This platform contains thousands of private scholarships that have been researched. Incoming students can use their MyMercer login credentials to start matching to scholarships.