Many factors are involved in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

All recipients must be full-time undergraduate students. Merit-based institutional scholarships and grants are awarded according to a student’s high school academic performance and ACT or SAT score or the GPA from a transfer student’s prior college. Other institutional scholarships and grants are based on criteria specific to particular scholarships.

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Eligibility for federal grants and for subsidized federal student loans is based on financial need, which is determined by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is found at For maximum eligibility, a student should be enrolled at least half time in their courses, each academic semester or session.

Additional requirements for need-based aid are as follows. A student must:

  • Provide a final high school transcript or GED certificate to the College.
  • Be enrolled at least half time in a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required.
  • Comply with the Federal Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). See below.

Eligibility for state grants is also dependent upon submission of the FAFSA, in addition to various requirements specific to each grant.

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Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for their financial aid awards, including scholarships. This federal requirement is intended to facilitate the successful, timely completion of a student’s academic program. To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student must fulfill all of the following:

  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • Successfully complete 66 and 2/3 percent of the cumulative college credits attempted.
  • Complete his/her program within 150 percent of the hours required for that particular academic program.

Students wanting to have J-Term grades taken into consideration must submit a written request to the Carthage Office of Student Financial Services prior to the first day of J-Term classes. Warning letters are sent to those students who are currently not meeting their scholarship terms, and the spring term is considered probationary. At the end of each spring term, the cumulative GPA is reviewed for all students to determine the renewal of the scholarship(s). If the student’s cumulative GPA leads to the termination of the scholarship, the student may submit a written appeal to the Carthage Office of Student Financial Planning Services and/or enroll in summer classes at Carthage to improve the student’s cumulative GPA.



Academic Honors Scholarship 2.75
Alumni Grant 2.00
Art Scholarship 2.00
Badger Boys/Girls State Scholarship 2.50
Bridges Scholarship 2.25
Carthage Grant 2.00
Clausen Scholarship 3.25
Deans Scholarship 2.50
ELCA Grant 2.00
Faculty Scholarship 2.50
Founders Scholarship 2.75
Hay Scholarship 3.25
Highest Honors Scholarship 3.00
Kenosha Police/Fire Scholarship 2.00
Lincoln Scholarship 3.25
Math/Science Scholarship 3.00
Ministerial Grant 2.00
Modern Language Scholarship 3.00
Multicultural Grant 2.00
Music Scholarship 2.00
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship 2.75
Presidential Scholarship 2.75
Ruud Scholarship 3.25
Sibling Grant* 2.00
Spring Scholarship 3.00
Springfield Scholarship 2.75
Theatre Scholarship 2.00
Transfer Scholarship 3.00
Tri-County Grant 2.00

* To receive this grant, both students must be enrolled full-time.