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Types of Financial Aid

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

CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK WITH THE WEBSITE PERIODICALLY FOR THE UPCOMING DEADLINE DATE FOR THE 2015-2016 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR.

NOTE: The deadline to submit the Spring 2015 Criswell College Supplementary Financial Aid Application and all required documentation is December 1, 2014. Students who have received Criswell scholarships the Fall 2014 must complete the Criswell College Supplementary Financial Aid Application for Spring 2015

IN ORDER FOR A STUDENT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR CRISWELL SCHOLARSHIPS THE STUDENT MUST COMPLETE THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA).  THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) AND THE CRISWELL COLLEGE SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR.

CHURCH MATCH GRANTS FOR THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER THE DEADLINE DATE IS NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 15, 2014. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN RECEIVING THE CHURCH MATCH GRANT MUST ALSO COMPLETE THE CRISWELL COLLEGE SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION SPECIFYING THAT THE STUDENT IS INTERESTED IN RECEIVING THE CHURCH MATCH GRANT. THE CHURCH MUST SUBMIT THE CHURCH APPLICATION AND CHECK TO THE CRISWELL COLLEGE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 15, 2014. AFTER THE DEADLINE DATE HAS PASSED FOR THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER THE STUDENT MAY OR MAY NOT QUALIFY FOR THE CRISWELL CHURCH MATCH. THE STUDENT WILL ONLY RECEIVE THE FUNDS FROM THE CHURCH DEPENDING WHETHER OR NOT THE CHURCH SELECTS TO HAVE THE FUNDS POSTED TO THE STUDENT’S BUSINESS ACCOUNT IF THE CRISWELL CHURCH MATCH IS NOT GRANTED.

 

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
  • Maintain good standing regarding chapel, academic, and/or disciplinary requirements
  • Maintain good standing financially with the College.
  • All parts of the Financial Aid Application must be turned in by the appropriate deadline

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students who wish to be considered for a Criswell College Scholarship, and who qualify for federal aid, are to complete a FAFSA. The FAFSA is required for all need based scholarship programs, and unless specified differently by the donor, “need” is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) input requested). The FAFSA is not required for those students who do not qualify for federal aid (such as International Students).  Students who qualify for federal aid, but who do not complete the FAFSA are not guaranteed receipt of merit based scholarships. Students who do not complete the FAFSA, who are experiencing extenuating circumstances may submit a formal appeal to the Scholarship Committee in order to be considered for merit based scholarships. The appeal should clearly document the circumstances impacting the student and outline the requested outcome. Faculty advisors and other “witnesses” may submit information which may be considered by the committee. Upon review of a case, the committee will vote. The final outcome of an appeal may never over extend budgeted funds for a specific scholarship for a specific student.

Presidential Scholarships

  • Awarded by the President – the President must submit his/her nomination to the Scholarship Committee for review of budget.
  • When the President receives the approval from the Scholarship Committee based on President’s budget.  The student will receive a letter from the President.  The student must present this letter with application to the Financial Aid Office (FAO)
  • Upon receipt of letter and complete FA application from student, FAO will send a President Scholarship Award Determination Form to the President’s office
  • When FAO receives Determination Form back from the President’s office. FAO will send award letter providing specifics
  • Students on this scholarship are evaluated at the end of each award year using the evaluation sheet, which originates in the FAO

President’s Scholarship

  • Must have a CGPA at Criswell College of 3.5 or above for undergraduate/3.7 or above for graduate.
  • Must be full-time
  • Up to $500 per semester

Provost’s Scholarship

  • Must have a CGPA at Criswell College of 3.0 or above for undergraduate/3.3 or above for graduate.
  • Must be full-time
  • Up to $300 per semester

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 signed and on letterhead or w/an email address that identifies the user with the church/organization
  • Must be full-time
  • Up to $300 per semester

Criswell College Alumni Scholarship

  • Eligible if you are an alumnus or the immediate family member of an alumnus (must name the alumnus on the application).  The alumnus may not have an outstanding balance on his/her student account.
  • May be a full-time or part-time student. Amounts vary depending on number of enrolled credit hours.
  • Up to $200 per class

Southern Baptist Convention Scholarship

  • Dependents of Full-Time Senior Pastors of SBC Churches
  • Must attach a letter of confirmationfrom your church and includes: the name of the Senior Pastor, the name and contact information for the church.
  • May be full-time or part-time student
  • Up to $200 per class

W. A. Criswell Scholarship

  • A need-based scholarship reserved for those who demonstrate a strong financial need.
  • May be full or part-time student
  • Up to $200 per class or $800 total

Criswell Women’s Club Scholarship

  • A need-based scholarship for a degree seeking student.
  • Student must be able to speak publically and help out with CWC functions throughout the academic year
  • Amount to be determined based on available funding
  • Consult with Development Office when choosing the recipient(s)

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.
  • Amount to be determined based on available funding
  • Consult with Development Office when choosing the recipient(s)

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 essay describing current service, ministerial goals, and the steps being taken to achieve those goals
  • Amount to be determined based on available funding

Missionary Dependent Grant

  • Must be legal dependent of full-time active missionaries
  • Must attach a brief letter of confirmation from the mission organization or from the missionary(ies) describing the mission work
  • Must be full-time
  • Up to $500 per semester

Homeschool Scholarship

  • Must be first-year freshman homeschool graduate.
  • Must be full-time student
  • Up to $500 per semester

Church Matching Grant

  • May be a full-time or part-time student. Amounts vary depending on number of enrolled credit hours (Up to $200 for 3 credit hours, $250 for 6 credit hours, $300 for 9 credit hours, $500 for full-time)
  • 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 July 15 for Fall semester and December 15 for Spring semester

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention

  • If your church is affiliated with the SBTC, you may apply for scholarships here.


Outside Scholarships

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

 

AT&T Internet and Education Scholarship

CarInsuranceComparison.com Safe Driver Scholarship

2015 BrokerFish Scholarship for University Students

  • $1,000
  • The Broker Fish $1,000 University Scholarship is available Spring 2015 to students who are currently pursuing any university course.
  • Applicants must be full-time students of any nationality who are pursuing an undergraduate "degree," "diploma" or equivalent program by an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Apply here: https://www.brokerfish.com/2015-spring-university-scholarship

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.

CenturyLinkquote.com Google Fiber Scholarship

USBundles.com The Future of Google

JobApplicationsOnline.com

  • Each school year, a working student receives $1,000 toward college tuition costs.
  • There is no fee for the application.
  • To apply, students must simply write an essay discussing the complexities of paying your way through college, explain how you are able to manage it, and describe what the process has taught you about personal and financial responsibility.
  • Apply here: http://www.jobapplicationsonline.com/scholarship/

Bridgat Scholarship

  • Begins on October 1, 2014 and ends on December 31, 2014.
  • For more information about the program and application form, please visit http://www.bridgat.com/scholarships.html
  • Scholarships are merit-based
  • Four individuals will be designated each year and awarded a one-time scholarship of up to US$6,500.
  • Major selection criteria includes academic performance and demonstrated leadership in cross cultural activities.

MesotheliomaHelp.org

  • $10,000 Annual Scholarship essay contest to help spread awareness of the life threatening disease mesothelioma.
  • We are giving out ten (10) scholarships to deserving students in colleges and universities throughout the United States.
  • Helps the educational efforts of students while raising awareness for mesothelioma and its cure.
  • Details of the scholarship contest can be seen at www.mesotheliomahelp.org/scholarship-contest/

Look Twice, Save a Life

Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship for College Pro-Life Leaders

  • In 2008, Texas Right to Life established the Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship for College Pro-Life Leaders in order to reach out to the most vulnerable age group facing unplanned pregnancies - college students.
  • Recipients of the Fellowship program must have three years remaining in their degree, and they will earn up to $8,000 ($1,000 each semester) while helping to promote the sanctity of human life on their university campuses. Currently, the Fellowship includes 63 undergraduate students on 21 different campuses across Texas. Our Fellowship students regularly volunteer at pregnancy centers, and hold baby supply drives to support local mothers in need. Many of our fellows have been instrumental in starting their own scholarships for pregnant and parenting students on their respective campuses. Additionally, recipients of the scholarship frequently hand out Pro-Life brochures on-campus and engage their peers in peaceful dialogue about the value of innocent human life.
  • Details: http://www.texasrighttolife.com/students/480/quotGeneration-Nowquot-Scholarship-Program

Interior-Deluxe.com scholarship program.

Nursing Project, The Institute of Medicine (IOM)

  • RNtoBSN.org
  • The Institute of Medicine (IOM). Offers information on both general federal aid and grant information, and a searchable database of nearly 10,000 nursing-specific and general scholarships that students can filter and sort to fit their situation (e.g., area of study, GPA, state specific, etc).

Verizonspecials Infographic Scholarship


Ninja Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

CenturyLinkDeals Internet Scholarship

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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