Expect less student debt.

Cornerstone University commits to partnering with your family to manage the cost and investment of a college education. To be eligible for our need-based university gift aid program, a student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, the student must be enrolled full-time as a degree seeking student in a traditional undergraduate program to receive institutional aid.

Please Note: A FAFSA is not required for merit aid (e.g. academic or athletic awards). Students who have earned a Bachelor's degree do not qualify for institutional aid or PELL. 

Academic Awards

  • Freshman Academic Awards: Based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT composite scores. For the SAT, the composite is the sum of a test's critical reading or verbal score and math score. Information below reflects 2015-2016 scholarship amounts. Recipients of the Outstanding Scholar Award must maintain a 3.5 college GPA.
  • Transfer Academic Awards: For students transferring in over 24 credits, scholarships are based on college GPA.
  • Preview Your Award: Locate the academic award you qualify for by using Cornerstone's Net Price Calculator.

Freshman Scholarships

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

Yearly Award


4 Year Amount


Transfer Scholarships

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

Yearly Award


4 Year Amount


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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