Scholarship Opportunities at Mercer

An Important Investment

That Impacts the Rest of Your Life

At Mercer, we are committed to making academic excellence affordable. High school students and transfer students interested in enrolling in the residential undergraduate program on Mercer's Macon campus may apply for a variety of scholarship opportunities through Mercer University.

  • > 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.

  • 94%

    of incoming students receive the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship.

Step 1: Apply to Mercer

Date Deadline
August 1 Application for Admission Opens
October 1 2023–2024 FAFSA Available
November 1 Early Action I Application Deadline
Mid-November Early Action I Decision Release
December 1 Early Action II Application Deadline
Mid-December Early Action II Decision Release
February 1 Primary Scholarship Application Deadline for Additional Scholarships
March 15 Secondary Scholarship Application Deadline for Additional Scholarships

Step 2: Receive your admission decision and your merit-based scholarship

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


  • Eligibility: Accepted incoming first-year students who are not residents of the state of Georgia. This scholarship cannot stack with the HOPE Scholarship or Zell Miller Scholarship.
  • Amount: $2,000
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 October 1 of a student’s senior year. You must submit the FAFSA to be considered for additional scholarships through the Future Mercerian Scholarship Application (FMSA).
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 be awarded additional scholarships through the FMSA.



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.

Step 5: 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.


Stamps Scholars Program

A World of Opportunity

Stamps Scholars Program

The Stamps Scholars Program emphasizes the students’ initiative, from engaging in philanthropic efforts worldwide to conducting research and demonstrating a passion for improving local communities. Mercer’s Stamps Scholars embody both academic achievement and effective leadership.

  • Eligibility: First-year students who are invited to apply and who demonstrate proven qualities of leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service to humankind, and innovation. Students must submit a portfolio as part of the Future Mercerian Scholarship Application.
  • Amount: Full tuition and fees, room and board, Apple iPad, and up to $16,000 enrichment stipend
  • FMSA Deadline: January 27, 2023

You must be invited and attend Presidential Scholars Weekend to be considered for the Stamps Scholars Program.

Service to Humankind

Future Leaders


Experience a Mercer Scholarship Weekend

Mercer University extends invitations to Presidential Scholars Weekend in January and Heritage Scholars Weekend in February to only the most talented first-year applicants. During these invitation-only scholarship events, students will interview with faculty, staff, and alumni; participate in academic experiences; and tour Mercer’s historic Macon campus.

Presidential Scholars Weekend

Heritage Scholars Weekend

Tracy Martinez speaking with students

Financial Aid Notification

Once you have completed these steps, the financial aid amounts for which you are eligible will be presented in your personalized financial aid notification. Financial aid notifications will begin to release in February 2023. After receiving your financial aid notification, schedule a time with your admissions counselor to review your financial aid opportunities through your Mercer application portal.

2022–2023 Approximate Direct Costs before aid is applied

Direct Cost Total for Year
Tuition and Fees $39,708
On-Campus Housing $6,928
On-Campus Meal Plan $7,118
Total Approximate Direct Costs $53,754

State Aid for Georgia Residents

If you are a Georgia resident, you may qualify for state aid and apply it to your tuition at Mercer. For consideration, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Georgia Scholarship/Grant Application (GSFAPPS).
International students are not eligible for state aid.