CIU Scholarships & Grants

Undergraduate Scholarships & Grants

Generous friends and alumni have been supporting CIU students for years with a variety of grants and scholarships to our biblical university. CIU scholarships and grants are only awarded in fall and spring semesters.

The Financial Aid Office will work with each student individually to determine the best overall financial package.

To qualify for CIU aid, you must be enrolled full time for the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses do not count towards full time status.

To help you with financial planning for college, the Net Price Calculator is available as a guide to provide an estimate of aid eligibility.

  • To qualify for Federal Pell Grant and federal loans, students must be degree-seeking and taking courses that are required for their degree.

  • You are eligible for any grant you qualify for, but you are only eligible for one merit-based scholarship.

  • In most cases CIU grants and scholarships will be applied to the cost of tuition and fees after all federal and state gift aid is first applied. Therefore, any remaining balance is the responsibility of the student and their family. Direct loans, Parent PLUS loans and outside scholarships are available to help cover these costs. To research outside sources, contact your high school guidance counselor, church, community organizations, library and other resources.

  • Any employee or dependent with one of our partner agencies is eligible for a tuition reduction for any course at any time of the year, with the exception of doctoral-level courses. Students receiving a partnership discount are not eligible for additional institutional aid from CIU. Check out our partnerships page for eligible organizations.

 2015-16 CIU Merit Scholarships for Full-Time Undergraduate Students

Merit scholarships are based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores received at the time of admission. Additional test scores will be considered up to the March 1 deadline prior to initial fall enrollment. The scholarship amounts below are only for first-time students enrolling at CIU in the 2015-16 academic year. To apply for these merit scholarships, you cannot be on academic or character probation.

2015-16 Merit Scholarships
SAT (CR+M) or ACT Score
High School GPA (4.0 scale)1600-1400
26-32
1390-1200
31-27
1190-1000
26-22
990-900
21-19
SAT (CR+M) or ACT Score
High School GPA (4.0 scale)4.01600-1400
26-32
$9,000
1390-1200
31-27
$7,000-$9,000
1190-1000
26-22
$5,000-$7,000
990-900
21-19
$5,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)3.751600-1400
26-32
$9,000
1390-1200
31-27
$5,000-$9,000
1190-1000
26-22
$5,000-$7,000
990-900
21-19
$5,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)3.501600-1400
26-32
$7,000-$9,000
1390-1200
31-27
$5,000-$7,000
1190-1000
26-22
$5,000
990-900
21-19
$3,000-$5,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)3.251600-1400
26-32
$5,000-$9,000
1390-1200
31-27
$5,000
1190-1000
26-22
$3,000-$5,000
990-900
21-19
$3,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)3.001600-1400
26-32
$5,000-$7,000
1390-1200
31-27
$5,000
1190-1000
26-22
$3,000-$5,000
990-900
21-19
$3,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)2.751600-1400
26-32
$5,000
1390-1200
31-27
$3,000-$5,000
1190-1000
26-22
$3,000
990-900
21-19
$2,000-$3,000
High School GPA (4.0 scale)2.501600-1400
26-32
$5,000
1390-1200
31-27
$3,000-$5,000
1190-1000
26-22
$2,000-$3,000
990-900
21-19
$2,000

 

 

 
Award NameEligibility RequirementsAward AmountHow to ApplyRenewal Policy
Award NameR.C. McQuilkin Leadership ScholarshipEligibility RequirementsTop student selected during the McQuilkin Scholarship Weekend; HS GPA of 3.0 or higher; SAT 1,000 or higher/ACT 21or higher; evidence of leadership.Award AmountUp to full tuitionHow to ApplySubmit CIU scholarship application and participate in the scholarship weekend.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Award NameBoard ScholarshipEligibility RequirementsVaries depending on test score and GPA. See merit chartAward Amount$9,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship application.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Award NamePresidential ScholarshipEligibility RequirementsVaries depending on test score and GPA. See merit chartAward Amount$7,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship application.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; maintain GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Award NameDean ScholarshipEligibility RequirementsVaries depending on test score and GPA. See merit chartAward Amount$5,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship applicationRenewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; maintain GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Award NameServant Leader ScholarshipEligibility RequirementsVaries depending on test score and GPA. See merit chartAward Amount$3,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship application.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; not on academic or character probation; maintain GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Award NameAchievement AwardEligibility RequirementsVaries depending on test score and GPA. See merit chartAward Amount$2,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship application.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA, meet all community standards; maintain GPA of 2.5 or higher.

 

 

2015 - 16 CIU Grants for Full-Time Undergraduate Students

CIU grants will be awarded based on eligibility at the time of admission.

 
Award NameEligibility RequirementsAward AmountHow to ApplyRenewal Policy
Name of GrantLegacy GrantEligibility RequirementsChild/grandchild of a CIU alumnusAward Amount$1,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship applicationRenewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; not on academic or character probation; maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Name of GrantChristian Worker GrantEligibility RequirementsParent serving full-time in an evangelical ministry or churchAward Amount$1,000How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and CIU scholarship application.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; not on academic or character probation; maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Name of GrantChurch Matching GrantEligibility RequirementsSponsored by a church or para-churchAward AmountUp to $1,000How to ApplySubmit a Church Matching Grant form and a check by March 1 for the following academic year.
Match will be awarded as long as funds are available.
Renewal PolicySubmit form and payment each year that the Church Matching Grant is desired; the deadline is March 1 for the following academic year.
Submit FAFSA; not on academic or character probation; maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Name of GrantPartners in Ministry GrantEligibility RequirementsSpouse of a full-time degree-seeking student; based upon availability of funds. Recipients are not eligible for any additional CIU aid.Award AmountTuition for one class per semester based on availability of funds.How to ApplySubmit FAFSA and PIM application by Aug. 1.Renewal PolicySubmit FAFSA; not on academic or character probation; maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher.