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Incoming Freshmen

Paying for college can be a difficult and confusing process, yet it is one of the most important investments you can make. Here at Concordia University, the financial aid process is designed to help both those with academic merit as well as those with financial need. More than 95% of freshmen receive financial aid, with an average award from the university of $11,000.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Brochure (PDF)

Concordia University Scholarships

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.

Please refer to the Merit Grid (PDF) for eligibility, or enter your GPA and test score into the scholarship calculator to see how your hard work can translate into dollars to attend Concordia University.

Merit Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
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
Additional Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa Award 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. Download the application. Up to $2500
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. Up to $1500
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 Awarded to graduates of Lutheran High Schools. For first-year BA or BSN students. Up to $1000
LCMS Professional Church Work Award Awarded to those students choosing Professional Church Worker emphasis within their major. (Only an option for Education, DCE, and Theology majors.) Up to $1500
Lutheran Pastor Family Award Offered to students who are children of a Lutheran pastor. For first-year BA or BSN students. Up to $1000
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.  

Cost of Attendance

We use an annual Cost of Attendance (COA) budget to determine your financial aid eligibility. The COA budget includes expenses which are billed directly by CU (e.g. tuition as well as room and board if you live on campus), and other expenses that are not billed by CU, but are directly related to attending school (e.g. books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses and off-campus living expenses).

Full-Time Cost of Attendance Budget for Bachelor of Arts Program
Tuition $26,900
Average Standard Fees and Course-Related Fees $518
Average Room and Board $8,030
Average Books and Supplies $900
Transportation $1,000
Personal $1,800
TOTAL $39,148

How We Determine Need

We subtract the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance budget created for you. The difference between the two is the financial need of the student. That need calculation helps us determine what types of aid you qualify for and in some cases amounts. Even students who have no need will generally qualify for gift aid and loans. We encourage everyone to complete the FAFSA so they can at least get the best financial aid package we can put together for them.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving financial assistance from the University, State Scholarship Programs, or Federal Student Aid Programs must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid.  Quality and quantity of work is reviewed each semester.  Undergraduate students will be expected to complete 67% of attempted hours each term with both a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.  In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be earned by the time they have earned the equivalent of 60 semester credit hours.  Students in baccalaureate programs must complete their program within 186 attempted credits, and students in associates programs must complete their credits within 93 attempted credits.  Earned credits include those courses graded as "A", "B", "C", "D", or "P".  Courses graded as "F", "NP", "I", or "W" do not count as credits earned, but they do count as courses attempted for financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress purposes.  If you fall below this scale or have an insufficient number of credits earned at the end of each term, you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the next term.  During the Warning term, you must raise your GPA to the required level and/or remove the deficiency in credits earned or your aid will be revoked until the required GPA or credits earned is reached.  Appeals for Financial Aid Revoke may be addressed to the Director of Financial Aid.  Students who have been re-instated after being revoked are considered to be on Financial Aid Probation and must meet specific requirements to continue to receive aid.  Students who have been academically suspended are automatically revoked from financial aid and if re-instated to the institution through appeal, may also need to appeal their financial aid status.  Appeals received within the first 3 weeks of the term will be considered for that term.  Any later appeals can be considered for subsequent terms.

For more information on financial aid, please contact our office. Our financial aid counselors are happy to help you navigate the process.