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It is important that you use all resources available to you in financing your education. New students in CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies must complete CCU's Application for Admission and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to receiving a financial aid award. To qualify for federal financial aid, continuing students must complete the FAFSA on an annual basis. Questions regarding financial aid awarding should be referred to the Service Central office.
Colorado Christian University is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, the largest and oldest chapter-based honor society for adult undergraduate students. Through this organization, CCU desires to recognize and honor non-traditional adult undergraduate students for their academic excellence and superior leadership in higher education. Undergraduate students who are members of Alpha Sigma Lambda can apply for a scholarship through that organization.
The following is a list of free scholarship search engines that are recommended by CCU's Service Central office. A profile is required with most search engines in order to help personalize your search.
Please remember that while we can recommend these search engines, the integrity of the sources offering scholarships cannot be guaranteed. Research on the source may be necessary from time to time. There are other scholarship search engines from which you can find additional outside scholarships. This is not a comprehensive listing of Web sites.
Finally, please keep in mind that if a scholarship search engine requests money to find your scholarship listings, it is probably not a good site to use. Although some sources are legitimate, the rule of thumb is: any site requesting money to find money is probably a scam!
For other helpful information about financing your college education check out the Federal Student Aid website.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students. Unlike a loan, they do not have to be paid back to the government. Eligibility is based on a formula which is revised and approved by Congress annually. The amount of funding is based on the student's financial need, as determined by information supplied on the FAFSA.
FSEOG grants are awarded to undergraduate students. Like the Federal Pell grant, this is money that does not need to be paid back to the government. Unlike the Federal Pell grant, funds are very limited. Each school is given an allotment, which they must then award to the students with the most need. If you are not Pell eligible you will not receive these funds. Even if you are Pell eligible you may not receive an FSEOG. Upon completion of a bachelor's degree, a student is no longer eligible for FSEOG.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4,000 per year in grant funding for qualified students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students who are from low-income families.
Programs of study at Colorado Christian University that are eligible for the TEACH Grant are:
TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2015 are subject to a 7.30% reduction of the student’s calculated award. The award amounts reflecting the 7.30% reduction are listed below:
If students fail to complete the four-year teaching requirement within eight years of completing or ceasing their program of study, the grant reverts to an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and will need to be repaid with interest. The interest rate that will apply to a TEACH Grant that has been converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan will be the rate that was in effect for Direct Unsubsidized Loans on the date the TEACH Grant was first disbursed, with the interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
Student Eligibility RequirementsTo receive a TEACH Grant students must:
More information on the TEACH Grant Program can be found at the Department of Education.
Undergraduate students at Colorado Christian University may be eligible to receive Colorado's College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipends to offset their cost of attendance. COF stipends are paid to eligible undergraduate students by the State of Colorado when they attend a participating institution of higher education.
The COF stipend is a per credit hour dollar amount that is determined by the Colorado State Legislature, and is subject to annual state funding availability. The 2014-2015 stipend amount is $38 per semester credit hour.
Eligible students who attend a private Colorado college or university must meet the following criteria:
Eligible students must submit the College Opportunity Fund stipend application on the College Assist Web site and will not be eligible for this stipend until this application is completed. The Colorado Opportunity Fund is considered a grant for students attending private institutions such as Colorado Christian University; therefore, it may replace a portion of other need-based aid or merit-based tuition awards. By law, the COF stipend at a private university is 50% of the stipend provided at a state institution. Any COF stipend received would be reflected as a tuition credit on the student's account.
Undergraduate students at Colorado Christian University may be eligible to receive a Colorado State Opportunity Grant. This state grant is paid to eligible undergraduate students by the State of Colorado and is subject to annual state funding availability. The grant is need-based, and all eligible students must complete a FAFSA to determine financial need and CCU's online Colorado Residency form. (Your CCU log in will be required to access this form.) The Colorado State Opportunity Grant is considered a grant for students attending private institutions such as Colorado Christian University; therefore, it may replace a portion of other need-based aid or merit-based tuition awards.