Types of Financial Aid

**All students seeking Federal and/or Criswell financial aid MUST be in a degree-seeking program.

 

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

Eligibility:

  • Must be admitted to Criswell College to be considered             
  • Maintain full-time status the entire semester unless otherwise noted in the scholarship and grant description.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA at or above 2.5 (above 2.75 for M.A. students).
  • Maintain good standing regarding chapel, academic, and/or disciplinary requirements.
  • Maintain good standing financially with the College.
  • All parts of the Financial Aid Application (FAFSA, Criswell Supplemental Application, and any additional paperwork for specific scholarships as specified below) must be turned in by the appropriate deadline.

Criswell Scholarships can only be used as tuition assistance and are applied directly to the student’s account after any Pell Grant funds for which the student is eligible have been applied.

Bethany Baptist Church Graduate Scholarship

  • Must be a male, graduate student, training for pastoral ministry.
  • Must include a short essaydescribing current service, ministerial goals, and the steps being taken to achieve those goals.

Betty Criswell Scholarship

  • Must be a female student preparing to teach for church educational work, or for other areas of service.
  • Must include a short essaydescribing current service, ministerial goals, and the steps being taken to achieve those goals.

Church Matching Grant

  • May be a full-time or part-time student. Amounts vary depending on number of enrolled credit hours.
  • Your church must agree to match the grant and complete a Church Matching Grant Agreement.
  • A check from the church and the CMG Agreement must be turned in by the appropriate deadline.

Christian Experience Scholarship

  • Must serve in a leadership capacity at a church (i.e. Sunday school teacher, small group leader, etc.).
  • Must attach a letter of confirmation from supervisor.

Criswell College Alumni Scholarship

  • Eligible if you are an alumnus or the immediate family member of an alumnus.
  • May be a full-time or part-time student. Amounts vary depending on number of enrolled credit hours.

Criswell Women’s Club Scholarship

  • A need-based scholarship for a degree seeking student.

Hallman Scholarship for Widows

  • A need-based scholarship for widows making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.        

Homeschool Scholarship

  • Must be first-year freshman homeschool graduate.

IMB Scholarship

  • A four year, full tuition scholarship for the children/dependents of IMB missionaries
  • Must submit a letter from the IMB confirming the service of the missionary/parent of the student

Jerry Johnson Scholarship

  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate leadership capability

Missionary Dependent Grant

  • Must be legal dependent of full-time active missionaries.
  • Must attach a brief letterfrom your parents describing their mission work.

Paul Pressler Scholarship

  • Must be a male training for pastoral ministry or female training for missionary work.
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher

President’s Scholarship

  • Must have a CGPA at Criswell College of 3.5 or above for undergraduate/3.7 or above for graduate.

Provost’s Scholarship

  • Must have a CGPA at Criswell College of 3.0 or above for undergraduate/3.5 or above for graduate.

Southern Baptist Convention Scholarship

  • Dependents of Full-Time Senior Pastors of SBC Churches
  • Must attach a letter of confirmationfrom your church and include: the name of the Senior Pastor, the name and contact information for the church.

W. A. Criswell Scholarship

  • A need-based scholarship reserved for those who demonstrate a strong financial need.

If your church is affiliated with the SBTC, you may apply for scholarships at www.sbtexas.com/fm

Outside/Other Scholarships

Please see the following list of private scholarships.  Helpful websites include:

                                                www.finaid.org/scholarships/(go to FastWeb Scholarship search)

                                                www.gocollege.com

                                                www.scholarshipexperts.com

Cabletv.com Scholarship

Criswell College Scholarship in Partnership with Go Tell Ministries

  • Students who are participating in summer internships with Go Tell Ministries may apply to Go Tell Ministries at www.gotellministries.com for a one year scholarship at Criswell College covering tuition and fees.
  • Students receiving this award from Go Tell must meet the admission and financial aid requirements of Criswell College.

 

Self-Help Aid

Work Study

  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Possible positions :   Clerical Work, Customer Service, Library Services, Computers, Cashier
  • Only in the form of tuition assistance – applied directly to student’s account

Student Service

  • Must be elected to serve in a leadership capacity at Criswell College as one of the following: Ambassador, member of the Student Leadership Team, grader for a faculty member, or a member of the Rejoice Praise Team.
  • Only in the form of tuition assistance – applied directly to student’s account

Work Study and Student Service funds earned can only be used as tuition assistance and are applied directly to the student’s account.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students and Parents