Undergraduate Scholarships & Grants

All CCU scholarships, grants, and awards are non-transferable, have no cash value, and must be used in successive semesters upon enrollment. The combination of CCU scholarships with other tuition-restricted grants and scholarships may not exceed the cost of tuition. Recipients who decide not to enroll in the term specified on their admissions application will forfeit all scholarship awards. Financial need may be considered in the awarding of some CCU scholarships and will be evaluated using the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Honors Program Scholarship
Award Amount: up to full tuition
For new full-time students who have been accepted to participate in CCU’s Honors Program. A limited number of new scholarships will be awarded each year. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Meet one of the following minimum academic requirements:
    • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale (high school or first-year undergraduate) and minimum 28 ACT/1840 SAT (new SAT 1310) composite score, OR
    • 3.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (high school or first-year undergraduate) OR
    • 30 ACT/2010 SAT (new SAT 1415) composite score
  • Submission of an entrance essay and resumé by January 1
  • Participation in Honors Program interview
  • Full-time enrollment in an eligible, traditional four-year bachelor’s program
  • Completion of no more than one year (24-36 semester hours) of undergraduate credit at CCU or another university or through AP/dual-credit coursework
  • Notification of selection will be made by March 1
  • Award valid for undergraduate tuition only and will be received for a maximum of 8 semesters over a 5-year period, while enrolled in the Honors Program
  • Recipients are required to live in CCU housing
  • Renewable if full-time, 3.3 GPA is maintained, and all degree and co-curricular requirements of the Honors Program have been met each semester

President’s Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $2,250 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new, full-time students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship achievement, Christian character, and leadership ability. Also available for transfer students who have completed at least two semesters of study and have achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.67. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 27 ACT/1840 SAT (new SAT 1310) composite score
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.3 GPA maintained

Dean’s Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,250 per semester, applied to tuition only
For new full-time students who demonstrate excellent scholarship achievement, Christian character and leadership ability. Also available for transfer students who have completed at least two semesters of study and have achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.3. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.2 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 24 ACT/1630 SAT (new SAT 1180) composite score
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.0 GPA maintained

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

Missionary Grant
Award Amount: Up to $3,930 per semester, applied to room and board charges
For new full-time students whose parents currently are serving as full-time resident missionaries on a foreign or domestic mission field. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Must be classified as a dependent student according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must submit an annual letter verifying missionary status by March 1
  • Must apply for federal and state aid by submitting a FAFSA to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center prior to March 1
  • Must have an EFC of 0 based on the FAFSA results
  • Award to be applied to room and board charges for a maximum of eight semesters. The award amount is based on the cost of a double room and a standard meal plan and may be adjusted annually based changes to room and board charges.
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.67 GPA maintained
  • Students receiving full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for the Missionary Grant
  • The combination of the Missionary Grant with other restricted scholarships/grants is not to exceed the cost of the student’s tuition, room and board.

Undergraduate International Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to full tuition
For new, full-time international students who are seeking to prepare for involvement in some form of ministry and committed to returning to their home countries upon completion of undergraduate studies at CCU. Criteria/requirements include:

  • An essay explaining why the individual should be considered for the scholarship, including vocational goals and financial situation
  • A reference from a recognized, national (home country) church leader who knows the student well
  • A reference from a resident missionary in student’s home country, if available
  • Documentation of secured sponsorship to guarantee payment of all non-tuition expenses and fees, or proof of sufficient funds to cover these expenses
  • Award will cover full tuition for a bachelor’s degree; no more than 150 credit hours
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.00 cumulative GPA is maintained
  • Recipients are not eligible for any other undergraduate tuition scholarship, awards or discounts, except Contest Awards

Family Grant

Award Amount: Up to $1,500 per semester to be applied to eligible tuition charges

This Grant is applicable when more than one dependent student from within a family unit is enrolled as an undergraduate student at CCU. The Grant also applies when a married couple or a parent and dependent child are enrolled as undergraduate students at CCU. Dependency is based on the FAFSA definition. Criteria/ requirements include:

  • Each family member must be accepted into an undergraduate degree program and attending full-time.
  • The Family Grant Application must be submitted for each term for which the Grant is to be awarded.
  • The Family Grant cannot be used in combination with any Partner Church Scholarships.

Endowment Scholarships
Cincinnati Christian University has received a number of gifts to establish permanently endowed scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based upon the guidelines established by the donors. All students who meet eligibility requirements may apply. The Scholarship Committee will select recipients from applicants who meet the criteria stipulated by the fund donor and demonstrate financial need. Applications are available at the beginning of each semester. Criteria/ requirements:

  • Endowment Scholarship application (available at the beginning of the traditional fall and spring terms)
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a 2.5 college GPA (2.5 high school GPA for current freshman)
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.5 GPA is maintained
  • Amounts and duration of scholarship may vary depending on donor stipulations

Contest Awards
It is possible to accumulate financial assistance for a CCU education through the following contests and competitions: Bible Bowl, Preaching, and Music. These scholarships are divided equally over eight semesters and must be used on a consecutive semester basis, immediately upon graduation from high school.