College Scholarships, Grants, Awards

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 scholarship. Financial need is evaluated using the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Academic Scholarships
(Effective for students entering in Fall 2013 and following)

Foster Scholarship (provides up to full tuition)
For new full-time students who demonstrate the most outstanding scholarship achievement, Christian character and leadership ability. Renewable each year student is full-time and GPA is maintained at 3.67 or above. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.8 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 30 ACT/2010 SAT composite score
  • Eligible students are notified and invited to apply for the Foster Scholarship by submitting an essay
  • Applicants will be invited to an interview with the Foster Scholarship Committee
  • Award amount: Up to full tuition for credit hours required to complete baccalaureate program in declared major to be applied to tuition only
  • Recipients not eligible for any other undergraduate tuition scholarships, awards or discounts

President’s Scholarship (provides $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 with a minimum of 3.67 college cumulative GPA. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 27 ACT/1840 SAT composite score
  • Award amount: up to $2250 per semester (8 semesters); tuition only
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.3 GPA maintained

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

  • Minimum 3.2 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 24 ACT/1630 SAT composite score
  • Award amount: up to $1250 per semester (8 semesters); tuition only
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.0 GPA maintained

CCU Scholarship (provides $500 per semester, applied to tuition only)
For new full-time students who demonstrate Christian character and leadership ability. Also available for transfer students who have completed at least two semesters of study with a minimum of 2.75 college cumulative GPA. Criteria/requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.75 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 21 ACT/1420 SAT composite score
  • Award amount: up to $500 per semester (8 semesters); tuition only
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.67 GPA maintained

Non-Academic Scholarships & Grants
(Effective for students entering in Fall 2013 and following)

Missionary Grant (provides up to $3280 per semester applied to room and board charges)
For new full-time students whose parents are currently 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 Federal criteria
  • Must submit an annual letter verifying missionary status on or before April 1
  • Must apply for federal and state aid by submitting a FAFSA to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center prior to the deadline
  • Award amounts: up to $3280 per semester to be applied to room and board charges, for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. This award amount is based upon the cost of a double room and a standard meal plan and can be adjusted annually based upon increased room and board charges.
  • Renewable if full-time and 2.67 GPA maintained
  • 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 (provides 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 country upon completing studies as an undergraduate student at CCU. Criteria/requirements include:

  • An essay for why he/she should be considered (including vocation 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 his/her home country (if available)
  • Documentation of secured sponsorship to guarantee payment of all non-tuition expenses, fees, or provide proof of sufficient funds to cover these expenses
  • Award amounts: up to full-tuition for a Bachelors Degree, no more than 150 hours; applied to tuition only
  • Renewable if full-time and 3.00 cumulative GPA is maintained
  • Recipients are not eligible for any other undergraduate tuition scholarship, awards or discounts, except Contest Awards

Urban Scholars Grant (up to full tuition, room and board)
For full-time students who come from a family and culture in which higher education has not been widely pursued and who demonstrate Christian character and leadership potential through their involvement in approved ministry programs.

  • Must apply for federal and state aid by submitting a FAFSA to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center prior to the deadline and meeting certain financial guidelines.
  • Requires monthly meeting with Director of Ethnic Ministries during freshman year, quarterly during following years
  • See Urban Scholar Grant Application Form for complete policies and requirements
  • Criteria/requirements include:
    • Urban Ministry Sponsor from an approved urban ministry
    • Minimum 2.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum 14 ACT/660 SAT composite score
    • Urban Scholar Grant Application Form

Family Grant (up to $1500 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 will not be applied to the student account until after the term Add/Drop period has ended.
  • 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 on restrictions and requirements individually found within those scholarships. All students who are eligible based on the stated requirements will be considered automatically by the scholarship committee which will weigh Christian character, academic merit, and financial need to help make selections. Applications are available at the beginning of each semester. Awards are renewable provided a 2.50 GPA is maintained.

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.

Intercollegiate Tuition Waiver Program
Dependent children of full-time faculty and staff employed by sister colleges participating in the intercollegiate tuition Waiver Program qualify for a tuition reduction after the employee has completed one year of employment at the sister college. When one year of service has been completed, the employee’s dependents receive a 50% tuition reduction. In the third year of employment, the dependents receive a 100% tuition reduction. Graduate classes are not subject to tuition reduction on this plan.

Eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for all possible benefits prior to seeking tuition reduction. The combination of remitted tuition, scholarships, and grants is not to exceed the cost of the student’s tuition and possibly fees. This tuition reduction does not include any non-tuition applicable fees which include, but are not limited to, applied music fees, geology lab, biology lab, and the technology fee.