Types of Aid

Financial Aid Options

As a CIU student, you may qualify for a variety of financial assistance to pursue your educational goals as you prepare for careers that build on your passion for Christian service, whether in the marketplace or ministry. That assistance can include a combination of public and private scholarships and grants, loans, as well as student employment opportunities on- and off-campus.


CIU offers 10 different institutional scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. They’re awarded based on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement and test scores.

Federal Aid

Federal aid includes Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants as well as the Federal Work-Study Program and subsidized loan programs. Grants are based primarily on financial need. Loans can range from $5,500 for a first-year undergraduate up to $20,500 for graduate students. 

State Aid

CIU students from South Carolina may be eligible for state-funded grants and scholarships that range from $2,800 to $7,500 per year.


CIU has partnered with several Christian agencies to offer a tuition reduction to employees and their dependents for any course, with the exception of doctoral-level courses. Students who receive a partnership discount are not eligible for additional institutional aid from CIU.

Terms & Conditions | Withdrawal Policy

Financial assistance comes with responsibility. Be sure to review the terms and conditions for financial aid awards.

If you withdraw, drop out, fail all classes or take a leave of absence, you may be required to return all or a portion of your financial aid awards. You can find details about how withdrawal or lack of attendance will affect your financial aid and/or account balance in the Withdrawal Policy and Return of Title IV Refund Policy.