Applying for financial aid at Criswell College begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Students may also apply for institutional aid by completing the Criswell Supplemental Application for Financial Aid. Once all paperwork is submitted and verified by all parties the financial aid package will be finalized. Prior to finalizing financial aid packages, some applicants may be selected for verification. If selected, the applicant will be required to submit additional documentation as requested by the Financial Aid Office in order for the U.S. Department of Education to approve the applicants request for federal aid. As international students are typically ineligible for federal aid, they only submit the Criswell Supplemental Application for Financial Aid. All students seeking federal or institutional aid must be enrolled in a degree program.
Priority Application Deadlines
- New Students: All application components must be received by the Financial Aid Office 30 days prior to New Student Registration.
- Returning Students: All application components must be received by the Financial Aid Office by April 15.
- Church Matching Grant Forms/Checks: July 15 for Fall semester; December 1 for Spring semester
Current students should submit the applications by April 15 in order to receive the maximum federal and institutional aid. Late applications will be processed when aid becomes available and students will be expected to make payment arrangements with Student Accounts using personal resources at the time of registration.
Step 1. Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is online and available in paper form upon request from the Financial Aid Office or from a local high school. The Criswell College FAFSA school code is: 04121800.
Processing applications by mail is a lengthier process. Students should allow four to six weeks for processing.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provide a helpful tool for completing the FAFSA: Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid. The Financial Aid Office is also glad to walk students through the process.
If a student designates Criswell College as a school to receive the FAFSA information, this information will be received via an electronic Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) upon completion of FAFSA processing by the government.
Step 2. Complete the Criswell Supplemental Application for Financial Aid
Available from the Financial Aid Office and online, the Criswell Supplemental Application for Financial Aid must be submitted every semester by every financial aid applicant. For returning students, this application must be submitted by December 1 and April 15. For incoming students, it must be submitted by December 1 and July 15.
Students may contact the Financial Aid Office for any additional questions regarding financial aid at Criswell College.