Residential Graduate Scholarships & Grants

A graduation photo of a CIU grad students. Graduate and seminary students may qualify for scholarships and grants.

CIU Graduate Scholarships and Grants

Grants and scholarships are a great way to pay for graduate school or seminary because unlike loans, they don't require repayment.  

CIU has several graduate scholarships and grants available for eligible students. You must submit a FAFSA (except if you're an international student) and be accepted to CIU as a full-time student to be considered for the merit scholarships.  If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you must maintain a 3.0 or higher and submit a FAFSA to renew the award. You are only eligible for one merit-based scholarship.

Online only and Doctoral students are not eligible for CIU scholarships and grants. 


Graduate/Seminary Presidential Merit Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: College or highest completed GPA of 3.75+

Award Amount: $2,000

Graduate/Seminary Dean Merit Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: College or highest completed GPA of 3.5-3.74

Award Amount: $1,500

Graduate/Seminary Servant Leader Merit Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: College or highest completed GPA of 3.0-3.49

Award Amount: $1,000

CIU Donor Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements:  Please refer to the deadline and individual donor scholarship criteria.

Award Amount: Varies

Graduate Assistantships

You may apply for a graduate assistantship if you are a full-time graduate or seminary student with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Also, you must demonstrate financial need, as determined by your FAFSA. We encourage you to apply for assistantships in the Spring for the following academic year. While graduate assistantships are applied to your financial aid package, you must earn the scholarship, dedicating 12 hours per week toward the position. 

How to Apply

To apply for an assistantship, submit one graduate assistant application to the dean's office and complete your FAFSA by the April 1 deadline. International students are not required to complete a FAFSA.  The deans will review all the applications and conduct interviews. 

If you are selected, you must submit the GA work contract and paperwork no later than August 26. Scholarship funds will be awarded once Financial Aid receives the graduate assistantship contract.


Graduate assistantship applications for 2021-22 are available now.


Alumni Grant

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a CIU undergraduate alumni

Award Amount: $1,000

Trust Grant

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a CIU undergraduate alumni enrolling in the CIU graduate school or seminary immediately following graduation from CIU

Award Amount: $1,000

Church Matching Grant

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a full-time CIU graduate student meeting satisfactory academic progress. Submit a Church Matching Grant Form and a check by July 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester, payable to Columbia International University.

Award Amount: up to $1,000; pending availability of funds