Applying for Financial Aid

New Students

Get Accepted to CU

  • Apply and get accepted to Cornerstone University.
  • Create a financial aid portfolio, which includes the following documents:
    • High school transcripts. 
    • Parent and student federal tax documents and W2 forms. Tip: use the IRS data retrieval option on the FAFSA to avoid error and save time.
    • Parent and student social security numbers.
    • Federal 4 digit PIN. Both parents and students have to apply and will have separate PIN numbers.

GET YOUR PIN

Complete your FAFSA

  • Learn the word “FAFSA.” It stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid." It is the form you need to fill out to apply for federal and state financial aid. This is how you report where you stand financially. If you have collected the items in the list above, filing the FAFSA will go quickly.
  • List Cornerstone University's Federal School Code first in step 6 on the FAFSA. We recommend submitting the FAFSA by March 1*. The quickest way to get through the FAFSA application process is to go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. If your tax return isn’t done by March 1 you can use estimated numbers. Just remember to update them when your taxes have been filed.
  • You may be required to submit additional information to be considered for federal aid.  If this occurs, submit the information as quickly as possible.
  • For an estimate on what federal student aid you qualify for, we recommend using the FAFSA4caster.  Click here for more information.

 The Cornerstone University Federal School Code is 002266

*The FAFSA are still accessible after March 1. Priority consideration is given to admitted students who have completed the financial aid process prior to March 1. Late applications are welcome and will be processed with all available aid.

Need FAFSA HELP?         Complete a FAFSA

Research Scholarship Opportunities

  • Research outside scholarship opportunities through local businesses, churches and community foundations.
  • The best time to apply for outside scholarships and grants is during the months of December and January.
  • Review the scholarship opportunities listed on our Scholarships & Grants page.  

Communicate Special Circumstances 

  • Contact Student Financial Services to discuss special or unusual circumstances such as:
    • Siblings in Christian school.
    • Excessive medical expenses.
    • Parents in college.
    • Significant involuntary job change or loss.

*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. 

Receive an Award Summary

  • When all required information has been received, financial award letters will be sent. If you are starting classes in the fall, award notifications begin late March. If you start in the spring, award notifications begin early November.
  • Be mindful of the tuition due date. 
  • Payment plans are available. View payment plan options
  • Apply for federal loans and alternative loans, if needed.  Click for more information.

For further details about the FAFSA check out our FAFSA Hints page.



Current Students

Complete Your FAFSA

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1. 

  • CU’s school code is: 002266.
  • Submit the FAFSA by March 1* to receive priority consideration. 
  • If you have lost your PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov and request a duplicate PIN. Make sure you save your PIN for future FAFSAs and loan applications.
  • If tax returns aren’t completed by March 1, the FAFSA can be completed using estimated numbers. 
  • If you receive a request from for more information, submit it as completely and quickly as possible.

*Forms are still accessible after this date, though priority consideration is given to those who file before March 1. Late applications are welcome and will be processed with all available aid.

Research Scholarship Opportunities

  • Explore additional options for financial assistance.
  • Endowed scholarships are available through the generous donors who support the mission of Cornerstone University. 
  • Applications must be submitted and received to the Student Financial Services office by the first Monday in February.

Check out Scholarships & Grants

Communicate Special Circumstances

Contact Student Financial Services to discuss special or unusual circumstances such as:

  • Siblings in Christian school.
  • Excessive medical expenses.
  • Parents in college.
  • Significant involuntary job change or loss.

*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. 

Receive an Award Summary

  • After all required information has been received you will receive a financial aid award notification. Award notifications will begin early April.
  • Review your financial aid award notification. Financial aid awards might include some or all of the following types of awards: scholarships, grants, federal loans and work study eligibility.
  • Search for alternative financial aid possibilities including loans and other scholarships. 
  • If you receive additional loans or scholarships, please notify the student financial services office. 
  • When we receive documentation of additional aid, it will be added to the award summary in form of a revision.

Financial Aid