Value matters.

CU offers financial aid to 100% of incoming first-time, full-time freshmen.

Cornerstone University is committed to affordability. That is why our students' average percentage of debt has dropped, even when other Michigan schools have seen it rise (MLive, 2014).

Cornerstone University students come from all kinds of economic backgrounds, and our Financial Aid Specialists work with you to ensure you get the most aid possible based on your GPA, family income, major and extracurricular activities. We are invested in you and in lowering the total cost of your degree.

What is a typical cost-breakdown for my first year?

  • Tuition $26,490
  • Room & Board $8,810
  • Student & Course Fees $370

Total: $35,670

2016-17 Tuition and Costs

Tuition Rates

Tuition Rates Cost per credit hour
Full-time tuition rate
12-17 credit hours per semester
$26,490/year
Part-time tuition rate
Fewer than 12 credit hours
$1,005
Over block rate tuition
Over 17 credit hours
$700
Summer 2016 on-campus instruction $720
Summer 2016 online instruction $370

Residence Hall Room & Board

Meal Plan Cost per semester
7 meals
Seniors only
$3,685
10 meals $3,960
12 meals $4,140
15 meals $4,405
18 meals $4,660
Optional supplemental 25 meal plan
Unused supplemental meals may be redeemed during a following semester
$165

Apartment Room & Board

Meal Plan Cost per semester
7 meals
Seniors only
$3,885
10 meals $4,160
12 meals $4,340
15 meals $4,605
18 meals $4,860
Optional supplemental 25 meal plan
Unused supplemental meals may be redeemed during a following semester
$165

Commuter Fee & Optional Meal Plan

Meal Plan Cost per semester
Commuter Fee
Includes 25 meals
$150
Optional supplemental 25 meal plan
Unused supplemental meals may be redeemed during a following semester
$165

Course Fees

Course Cost
Terra Firma course fee $275
1/2 hour music lesson per week $250/semester
1 hour music lesson per week $500/semester
Independent study $95/credit hour
Class Fees
If applicable (i.e. lab costs, etc.)
Varies

Other Cost Information

Description Cost
Technology Fee
Academic year
$185/semester
Technology fee
Summer term
$40
Vehicle Registration Fee $75/semester
Payment plan fee
Semester plan (if applicable)
$40
Books
Estimated Cost
$1,000/year
Transportation & personal expenses
Estimated cost
$2,890/year

Awards, grants, loans & scholarships

Description Awarded per year
First-time freshmen awards
After your freshman year, you can qualify for new awards based on your academic program and activities.
$6,500-11,000
Additional CU Grants
You can qualify for more than one.
$500-6,000
External Scholarships Varies
Federal Grants Up to $5,645
State & Local Grants Varies
Part-time work/Summer job Varies
Loans Varies
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Will I be able to pay back my loans?

CU degrees get put to great use, and our students pay back their loans at a rate and amount that feels manageable. If you have any questions, talk with a Financial Aid Specialist. A wise investment in your future is never a poor decision.

92% of last year's Cornerstone graduates were placed in jobs or graduate school within 6 months of graduation. Companies respect and admire the way our students think and live. In addition, CU's Center for Career and Life Calling works with you one-on-one to get you ready for your ideal job upon graduation. We have experts in career planning, academic advising and job searching as well as a regularly updated online job bank for CU grads.

Center for Career and Life Calling

What is my next step?

March
1

Priority deadline for financial aid consideration

Learn how Cornerstone partners with you to lower educational costs and maximize your investment in an undergraduate degree. List us as a recipient on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Cornerstone University's Federal School Code is 002266. After your FAFSA is filed, you can further explore and apply for all of the University scholarships for which you qualify in addition to first-year awards.