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Cornerstone Financial Specialists partner with you every step of the way to finance your education.

You have worked so hard to graduate from high school, and now all of your efforts can help finance your college degree. There are many forms of aid and many ways to receive financial support to attend college. We've outlined some of the opportunities available to you below, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have. These opportunities are for students planning to enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students in a traditional undergraduate program.

After filing the filing the FAFSA, you gain access to many Cornerstone and external scholarships and grants for which you can apply.

Typically there are three kinds of scholarships:

  1. Need-based Scholarships
    These scholarships have to do with your family's income, adjusted to consider size, cost of living, etc. These scholarships and grants are awarded by Cornerstone as well as at the state and federal level to help ease the burden of higher education for you and your family.

  2. Merit-based Scholarships
    These scholarships have to do with you and all of the hard work you have put into pursuing your passion. Merit-based scholarships are awarded for academics, athletics, community-service, leadership, global experiences, music performance, church involvement, etc. These scholarships can be awarded by Cornerstone, your church or denomination, as well as local or national foundations and corporations to celebrate and support you in your college education.

  3. Career-based Scholarships
    These scholarships honor where you intend to influence the world in a positive way in a known area of need. Your career could be on the mission field or in a church, in a STEM field or as a teacher. It could also be in nonprofit work or in the fine arts. These scholarships and grants are awarded by Cornerstone as well as at the local, state and federal level and by some businesses and corporations.

Please Note: 1) A FAFSA is for need-based aid only. 2) Students who have earned a bachelor's degree do not qualify for institutional aid or PELL.

Academic Awards

Freshman academic awards are based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Information below reflects 2015-2016 scholarship amounts. Recipients of the Outstanding Scholar Award must maintain a 3.5 college GPA.

Transfer academic awards are available to students transferring in over 24 credits, scholarships are based on college GPA.

Freshman Scholarships

Outstanding Scholar Award
President's Scholarship
Chancellor's Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship
Partners for Success Grant
Cornerstone University Assistance

Yearly Award

$12,000
$11,000
$10,000
$9,000
$8,000
$6,500

4 Year Amount

$48,000
$44,000
$40,000
$36,000
$32,000
$26,000

Transfer Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Chancellor's Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship
Partners for Success

Yearly Award

$9,500
$8,500
$7,500
$6,500

4 Year Amount

$38,000
$34,000
$30,000
$26,000

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Additional Scholarships

  • Athletic Scholarships: Cornerstone University is part of the NAIA and offers 15 varsity-level sports teams with athletic scholarships. Contact the Athletics Department at 616-222-1425 to arrange a meeting with a coach.

  • Endowed Scholarships: Available through generous donors who support the mission of Cornerstone. Institutional Scholarship Applications must be submitted to the Student Financial Services office.
    • Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • International Student Grant: These scholarships are available to international students who have financial need and are not eligible to receive assistance through the federal student aid programs. Eligibility is determined by the associate dean of admissions and the director of student financial services based on a student's financial situation. The maximum amount is $3,000.

  • Multicultural Scholarship: This award is available to students who are part of a recognized minority group and who meet specific institutionally determined need requirements.
  • Music Scholarship: Awarded based on audition. Contact the Fine Arts Division to arrange an audition at 616-222-1545. Non-music majors are also encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

  • Outstanding Scholar Award: This scholarship recognizes National Merit scholarship finalists. It is available to first-time enrollees and transfer students who enroll at Cornerstone by the beginning of the third semester after the student graduates from high school. Recipients are eligible to receive the award for up to ten semesters at Cornerstone University by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5. After a student has earned a degree, he or she is no longer eligible to receive the award. The finalist award may be used to cover summer courses and J-term courses through the summer following the tenth semester of enrollment. Finalists will receive $12,000 in institutional aid. Total institutional aid, Michigan Tuition Grant and Competitive Scholarship for recipients of either award may not exceed total tuition. The award may not be used for off-campus programs such as CCCU programs.

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