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 gives students entering in the Fall semester the opportunity to receive higher consideration for institutional aid, specifically for scholarships that cover a substantial or entire portion of tuition. To be eligible for priority consideration, all application components must be turned in to the Financial Aid Office no later than April 15.
- New Students: To be eligible for institutional aid, all application components must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than July 1 (Fall) or December 1 (Spring). Students submitting late applications will only be eligible for federal aid, which is awarded on a rolling basis.
- Returning Students: To be eligible for institutional aid, all application components must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than April 15. Students submitting late applications will only be eligible for federal aid, which is awarded on a rolling basis.
- Church Matching Grant Forms/Checks: July 1 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. This application must be submitted by December 1 for the Spring semester and April 15 for the Fall semester.
Students may contact the Financial Aid Office for any additional questions regarding financial aid at Criswell College.