Affordability matters.

Recognized as a top affordable Christian college by Christian Universities Online, Cornerstone University looks forward to partnering with you to manage the cost of an undergraduate degree. Join 100% of incoming, first-time freshmen who receive aid from scholarships, grants, and loans. For the Fall 2014 semester, aid packages for full-time, degree seeking students averaged over $21,000.00.

Student Financial Services is committed to serving God by serving our students. Our team looks forward to assisting you with obtaining financial resources to pursue your educational and professional goals, resourcing you to be equipped as an influencer for Christ.

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:

  1. Create a Federal Student Aid ID and financial aid portfolio. In preparation for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), gather the following documents:
    • 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)
    • Parent and Student Social Security Numbers
    • Request a FSA ID (for parent and student)
      Save your FSA IDs for future FAFSAs and loan applications.

  2. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. The FAFSA, an application for federal and state aid, reports where you stand financially. Prior to completing the application, view helpful FAFSA hints.
  3. Research scholarship opportunities. If you receive an external scholarship, notify the Student Financial Services office.
  4. Communicate special circumstances. Contact Student Financial Services to discuss special or unusual circumstances such as: siblings in christian school, excessive medical expenses, parent(s) in college, and/or significant involuntary job change or loss.

    Please Note: These documented circumstances may affect your eligibility for additional financial aid. All request for special circumstances are on a case-by-case basis and does not guarantee that a change will be made to your financial aid.

  5. Review your award summary. Financial aid award letters indicate the following types of awards: scholarships, grants, federal loans, and work study eligibility.
    • Award Notification: March (Fall Semester Students); November (Spring Semester Students)
      Be mindful of the tuition due date. Payment plans are available.

  6. Apply for federal loans and alternative loans (if applicable) and pay your billIf you accept funds from additional federal or alternative loans, please notify the Student Financial Services office.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

Contact Us


Carol Carpenter
Director of Student Financial Services

Linda Enright
Financial Aid Specialist

Paula Helbert
Student Billing Specialist

Halsey Mollhagen
Office Coordinator


Heather Smith
Associate Director;
VA Representative

Kara VanElderen
Financial Aid Specialist