Local Lion Promise
Tuition Scholarship of at least 50%
Local Lion Promise
Tuition Scholarship of at least 50%

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Local Lion Promise

A meaningful tuition scholarship for local students

Whether you have lived in this area your entire life and have been to the Mars Hill campus many times, or you just want to see all we have to offer, please know that we extend an extra warm welcome for our local students. So warm, that we have made a promise to keep tuition affordable for those in our community. Living near home has its benefits. Maybe it’s the opportunity to keep up with high school friends, a possibility of a nice homecooked meal once and a while, or you just want to stay where your roots are planted and give back in your own community… whatever it may be, attending this beautiful school in the mountains has plenty of perks!

MHU’s commitment to area students runs deep. The Local Lion Promise scholarship guarantees a minimum of a 50 percent discount on tuition to traditional undergraduate students who live or attend high school in the counties closest to the MHU campus. We have optimized financial aid, with tiered aid packages based on need. This means your cost to attend MHU and live on campus will range from $7,000 – $15,500 (Including housing and food).  Many students may receive even more funding  through grants and scholarships.

Several area North Carolina counties are included in the Local Lion Promise. Our goal is to make Mars Hill accessible to students from counties located within our closest 50 mile geographic area.


Local Lion Promise – North Carolina

Get your degree while staying closer to home! The following western North Carolina counties have been recognized as being closest to Mars Hill University’s campus, and students receive a minimum 50 percent discount on tuition.

  • Avery
  • Buncombe
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Madison
  • Mitchell
  • McDowell
  • Transylvania
  • Yancey

A commitment to WNC

Founded in 1856, Mars Hill University is an institution which is located in the heart of the western North Carolina mountains. MHU’s ties to the community and its commitment to local students run deep. For western North Carolina Mars Hill University offers the opportunity to explore possibility within yourself, connect to your true calling, and develop resiliency in your own back yard. The Local Lion Promise is our invitation to take advantage of that opportunity.


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