Types of Financial Aid

Preparing to attend college is an exciting time in your life, and we are pleased that you are considering Criswell College. Information on this website will assist you in making this important decision, whether you will be an entering freshman or a transfer student. There are many reasons to choose one college over another and we’d like to think that cost is the least significant. However, we know that cost, and therefore financial assistance, are sometimes crucial to the decision-making process. The Office of Financial Aid want to assist you and your family in any way possible as you sort through the maze of financial aid programs and budgeting issues. And please do not hesitate to contact us; we can be reached by phone, e-mail, or in person. We hope you discover what we already know — Criswell College is the right place for you.

Talisa Pollard
Director of Financial Aid



The philosophy of student aid is to provide access and choice to students who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend an institution of higher learning. The Financial Aid Department exists to remove financial barriers to student enrollment and retention at Criswell College. To assure that any qualified student who desires to pursue and complete an education at the College can obtain appropriate resources to do so. The Financial Aid Department seeks to provide financial aid services which are accessible, sensitive to individual student needs, and effective in enabling students to bridge the gap between family resources and educational expenses. The delivery of services will be characterized by timeliness, accuracy, and clarity and will be accomplished through the simplest procedures consistent with fiscal responsibility and governmental and college regulations. The Financial Aid Department is committed to providing student borrowers with loan counseling and information about loan indebtedness and repayment responsibilities. The Financial Aid Department maintains a strong commitment to extending our knowledge through research on financial aid issues, problems and seeks to assume a leadership role in developing a comprehensive system of student financial support services. The quality of the staff, services, and research efforts will identify the Financial Aid Department as a center of expertise on financial aid at Criswell College.

***Some students may be selected for verification. If selected, this process is required by the U.S. Department of Education for students to receive federal aid. If selected the student will have to submit additional documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid.


Gift Aid

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal program of entitlement basic to all other student financial aid.   This grant is awarded only to undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor's degree, and enrolled in at least one course. The program is based on a need analysis formula, which considers family income and assets, size of family, number of children attending post-secondary schools, and other factors. The formula is applied when application is made with FAFSA and notification amounts are transmitted to our office electronically with the student's FAFSA file.

The Pell Grant will be disbursed in 2 (two) equal payments. The first half will be applied to the student’s Account at the beginning of the enrollment period.  The second half will be applied at the midpoint of the enrollment period.

Criswell Scholarships

Click here to see the Criswell College scholarships policy, as well as scholarships available through the college.

Research Possible Outside Scholarship Programs

Email us for a list of scholarships.

The following sites are an excellent resource to research more outside scholarships:

Student Service

Student Employment – Possible positions: Faculty Grader, Clerical Work, Customer Service, Library Services, Computers, Cashier. Apply directly through Student Services Office.

Federal Loans Documents

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students and Parents

Direct Loan Borrowers Disclosure Statement

Rights and Responsibilities

Financial Aid Toolkit

Loan Repayment