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Financial aid is awarded based on a student's status. Enrolling in one of our accelerated degree programs automatically gives you a full-time student status. This means that you are eligible to apply for full financial aid assistance to cover the cost of your degree program. Once you apply for admission, we'll team you up with a financial aid counselor to discuss all your options.

Over 74% of PGS students receive financial aid.

Student Checklist

  1. Complete the Student Financial Success Guide. This resource will be made available to you during the enrollment process.
    Please Note: If you are seeking Military Funding, please reference the Military Funding checklist.

  2. Create your Federal Student Aid ID. You'll use this ID to sign your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and update it later if needed.

  3. Gather information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Collect the following documents in preparation for completing your FAFSA:
    • Social Security Number
    • Driver's License
    • Last Year's Tax Returns and W2 Forms
    • Records of Untaxed Income
    • Current Asset Information (Back and Brokerage Statements)

  4. Submit the FAFSA at least 3 weeks before the start of your first course.
    • Cornerstone University's Federal School Code: 002266
    • To be eligible for the Michigan Tuition Grant, the FAFSA must be completed before June 30.

  5. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory NoteThese are required if you are receiving federal loans.
  6. After applying for federal and alternative loans (if applicable), please pay your bill.

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Student Loan Information

You've likely heard that countless students are overwhelmed with student debt. Some students borrow the maximum amount and then leave college as soon as the check comes. Other students borrow more than is needed for tuition and books; they're living off loan checks. And a number of students have loans that are aggregated, delinquent and in default.

Counter the student loan debt crisis with self-control and these responsible borrowing strategies:

  • Soberly borrow only what is needed, or choose to borrow subsidized loans only.
  • Control your student loan debt by knowing all grant and loan information accessed at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Undergraduate Students

  • The Pell Grant for 2016-17 can be up to $5,815.00 for eligible students, based on their FAFSA EFC (Expected Family Contribution) score. The Pell award amount could be reduced if you drop any classes.
    • Can only be disbursed after students have established substantial attendance in school.
    • Can be re-applied for at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    • To avoid Verification selection, it is important to have correct tax information for the previous year.
    • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool accessed on the FAFSA will transfer tax information correctly.
  • Subsidized loans do not collect interest while students are enrolled at least half-time in school. The interest starts to accrue immediately after a student withdraws or graduates from college.
  • Unsubsidized loans always collect interest. The interest rate is 3.76% for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2016.
    • Repayment starts six months after a student withdraws or graduates.
  • The annual loan limits for independent students are as follows:
    • 0-24 credits: $3,500.00 subsidized + $6,000.00 unsubsidized = $9,500.00 total
    • 25-57 credits: $4,500.00 subsidized + $6,000.00 unsubsidized = $10,500.00 total
    • 58+ credits: $5,500.00 subsidized + $7,000.00 unsubsidized = $12,500.00 total
  • For associate classes, financial aid can lower your out-of-pocket costs to $3,665.00.
    • $9,480.00 (24 credits) - $5,815.00 (possible max pell grant) = $3,665.00 (pay cash or use subsidized loans)
  • For bachelor's degree classes, financial aid can lower your out-of-pocket costs to $5,745.00.
    • $11,560.00 (24 credits) - $5,815.00 (possible max pell grant) = $5,745.00 (pay cash or use subsidized loans)

Graduate Students

  • The FAFSA application is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    • To avoid Verification selection, it is important to have correct tax information for the previous year.
    • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool accessed on the FAFSA will transfer tax information correctly.
  • Unsubsidized loans always collect interest. The interest rate is 5.31% for loans distributed on or after July 1, 2016.
    • Repayment starts six months after a student withdraws or graduates.
    • The Annual Loan Limit is $20,500.00.
    • The aggregate limit is $138,500.00.
  • Minimum to borrow for the first 18 credit hours:
  • Minimum to borrow for the first 16 credit hours:

*The Global Business Concentration has a Global Business Experience costing $4,000.00.