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Grants, Scholarships & Work Study

Concordia University Scholarships

Merit Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
Academic scholarships are awarded to eligible first-year BA or BSN students who are accepted to the University. Award amounts are based on your cumulative high school grade point average and college placement test scores (SAT or ACT), and are awarded regardless of need. These scholarships are renewable all four years, based on maintaining a certain GPA.

Name Amount
Premier President's Scholarship $14,000
President's Scholarship $12,000
Scholar's Scholarship $11,000
The Regents' Scholarship $9,500
Provost's Scholarship $8,500
Dean's Award $6,500
University Award $5,500
Cavalier's Award $4,500
Faculty Award $2,000

To determine what your award from Concordia might be, plug your GPA and test score into the scholarship calculator to see how your hard work can translate into dollars to attend Concordia University. You can also view the grid to see this same information.

Honors Scholarship
Acceptance to the Honors Program qualifies you for the Honors Scholarship, equal to 50% of your tuition. Note: The Honors Program and Honors Scholarship are not available to Nursing students. 

Athletic Scholarships
As a competitive athlete, you may be eligible to receive an athletic scholarship for outstanding performance. Visit for more information.

Music Scholarships
Instrumentalist or vocalist? If you are a talented musician and desire to perform at the college level, sign up for more information about auditioning by clicking here.

Lutheran High School Graduate Award ($1,000)
Awarded to graduates of Lutheran High Schools. For first-year BA or BSN students.

LCMS Professional Church Work Award ($1,500)
Awarded to those students choosing Professional Church Worker emphasis within their major. (Only an option for Education, DCE, and Theology majors.)

Leadership Scholarship
To be considered for a leadership scholarship, submit a resume of significant school, church, and community activities and/or awards, essay responding to the mission statement by identifying and explaining three aspirations you have which could be achieved by enrollment at Concordia University, and an additional letter of recommendation. The leadership scholarship application needs to be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to February 17.

Lutheran Pastor Family Award ($1,000)
Offered to students who are children of a Lutheran pastor. For first-year BA or BSN students.

Phi Theta Kappa Premier Award ($2,500)
This scholarship is reserved for traditional BA transfer students who are currently active members of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Community Colleges, and who exemplify excellent leadership skills and potential. Recipients can receive up to a $2,500 renewable scholarship.

Travel Grant
The Travel Grant is for students who travel 500 or more miles to visit Concordia's Portland campus. This is a one-time $250 travel credit upon enrollment.

**Unless noted, the above funds are available for the BA and BSN programs.

Federal Grants

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): This grant is limited and offered to traditional undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Funding is very limited for this program. Typical awards range from $500 to $1500. Generally, this fund is not renewable due to the limited funding level.

Federal Iraq/Afghan Service Grant
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is provided to certain students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.

Oregon Opportunity Grant
This is a grant for residents of Oregon who are working on their first undergraduate degree. Students need to be needy, Pell-eligible, as well as meet other criteria as administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission. Students need to apply with the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.

Concordia Grant
The Concordia Grant is a need based grant offered by Concordia University to undergraduate BA and BSN students. Amounts vary and not every student qualifies.

Working while attending school is a great way to increase your work experience and to get some additional money.  Many students are employed at Concordia University.  Students need to locate a job on campus through the Student Services Office who keeps a record of job openings.Generally, students are paid minimum wage and work an average of 10 hours or less per week.  For more information, go to the Student Services section.

Student Wage
Students can work for a variety of offices on campus.  Financial need is not a consideration for student wage jobs.  This is typically available to undergraduate students only.

Federal Work Study
We currently award Federal Work Study to students after the year is completed and for those students who worked and had financial need.

Veterans Benefits

See the VA certifying individual in the Registrar's Office for more information on VA Benefits.