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Columbia International University Unveils Largest Undergraduate Scholarship Offering in History

CIU Graduates, May 2024

June 5, 2024

Columbia International University (CIU) is excited to announce the largest expansion of traditional undergraduate scholarship offerings in its history, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to making high-quality Christian education accessible to more students. For incoming Fall 2024 students, CIU is introducing 11 new scholarships, increasing the amounts of five existing scholarships, and offering six full-tuition scholarships.

Highlights of the Scholarship Expansion:

  1. 11 New Scholarships: CIU is launching 11 new scholarship opportunities to support a diverse range of students. These scholarships are designed to recognize students that have chosen a ministry gap year, those that are out of state, first-generation, community college transfers, home school attendees, as well as those that have excelled as a National/Semi-Finalist Merit Scholar, Valedictorian/Salutatorian, or pursuing Honors.
  2. Increased Funding for Five Existing Scholarships: CIU is significantly increasing the funding for five of its current scholarships, solidifying the commitment to Alumni Legacy, Alumni referrals, Ben Lippen School graduates, and dependents whose parents are missionaries or serving in a full-time ministry capacity.
  3. Six Full-Tuition Scholarships: Six scholarships will cover 100% of tuition, eliminating financial barriers for students demonstrating exceptional potential to positively contribute to the overall campus and continue CIU’s mission.
  4. Stackable Scholarships: All CIU scholarships are stackable up to the full cost of tuition after state and federal aid is applied. This flexibility allows students to combine various awards, maximizing their financial aid packages and minimizing out-of-pocket expenses.
  5. Universal Financial Aid: In a remarkable move, CIU guarantees that 100% of its full-time undergraduate students will receive financial aid. This initiative underscores the university's dedication to providing affordable education to all its students.

Vice President for Enrollment & Academic Services, Dr. Jen Booth, says CIU understands the financial challenges that students and their families face and is dedicated to ensuring that cost is not a barrier to their education and God’s call on their life.

“This historic investment reflects CIU's mission to provide a Christ-centered education that equips students for impact and would not be possible without the unwavering support and generosity of our donors and dedicated alumni,” Booth said. “Our collective goal is to ensure that every deserving student has the chance to experience the transformative education that CIU offers."

These scholarship enhancements align with CIU's vision to foster a welcoming and supportive life-changing academic community, empowering students from various backgrounds to pursue their educational and spiritual goals.

For more information on the new scholarship offerings and financial aid opportunities, visit or contact the CIU Admissions Office at (803) 807-5024 or

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