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 partners with a variety of organizations to offer a tuition discount to students in all of our programs. These organizations include churches, non-profits, schools, gap years and businesses. To find out if CIU has partnered with an organization you are associated with, please check out our partnership page.

Military Tuition Assistance

CIU works with all branches of the U.S. military to facilitate the use of Federal Tuition Assistance to help pay for tuition and fees for students who are active duty military. Please check out our Military page for more information.

Veteran's Benefits

CIU works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate the use of VA benefits to pay for tuition and fees for our veteran students and/or their spouses and children. For more information, please check out our Veteran's Benefits page.


  • Military Discount - CIU offers active duty service members, veterans and their eligible spouses educational benefits in the form of a tuition discount. For more detailed information, please check out our Military page.

  • First Responders Discount - CIU offers a discount of $500 off per semester for full-time students and $250 off per semester for part-time students who are full-time employed or volunteer first responders.

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.