CU financially supports students throughout their education.
Cornerstone University has been recognized as one of the top 50 affordable Christian colleges by Christian Universities Online. Whether you are a first-year student or a returning student in need of additional financial assistance, Cornerstone's team partners with you to help find every scholarship and grant for which you qualify.
Student Financial Services is committed to serving God by serving our students. We will help you and your parents manage the cost of an undergraduate degree. Before anything else, CU needs you to file the FAFSA below. This is for both first-year and returning students. Once you have sent your FAFSA to CU, you can also fill out the general CU scholarship application, checking each award for which you qualify.
Student Checklist to Apply for Aid
After you've received admission to Cornerstone for an upcoming term, take these next steps to apply for financial aid:
The FAFSA Steps
Priority Deadline: March 1
- Create a Federal Student Aid ID. You must save this ID for all future FAFSA applications.
- Complete your FAFSA to receive federal and state aid as well as CU aid.
Cornerstone University's Federal School Code: 002266
- What you will need:
- High School Transcripts
- Federal Tax Documents and W2 Forms (for parent and student)
- Use the IRS data retrieval option on the FAFSA to avoid errors and save time.
- Social Security Numbers (for parent and student)
- Your FSA ID (for parent and student)
CU Scholarship Steps
Deadline: March 1
- First, you must complete your FAFSA for the coming year.
- Students are automatically considered for first-year awards upon completing their Cornerstone application and FAFSA.
- Complete the requirements for the additional CU Scholarships you are pursuing.
- Communicate special circumstances to CU. Contact Student Financial Services to discuss circumstances such as: siblings in Christian school, excessive medical expenses, parent(s) in college, and/or significant involuntary job change or loss.
Please Note: All requests for special circumstances are on a case-by-case basis and do not guarantee that a change will be made to your financial aid.
External Scholarship Steps
- Apply for external scholarships.
Pay attention to those deadlines, and let us know if you receive any outside aid.
Deadline: Before Your Tuition Due Date
- Award Notification
- March (Fall Semester Students)
- November (Spring Semester Students)
- Apply for federal loans and alternative loans. This is different than submitting the FAFSA: you and your family must choose the loans you plan to take out. If you accept funds from additional federal or alternative loans, please notify the Student Financial Services office.
- Pay your bill by the tuition due date. You can also set up a payment plan.
- Submit the Student Financial Agreement form. Based on disclosure policies, the Student Financial Agreement form must be completed and returned by every student prior to attending Cornerstone University.
- Sign off on the FERPA release form (optional). To grant written consent for Cornerstone University school officials to release information from your educational record as an enrolled student, you must submit the FERPA release form.