Many aspiring college students choose Christian universities because of the emphasis on a lifestyle filled with Biblical principles. In r addition to a regular college curriculum, Christian universities offer Bible courses and other classes that appeal to students with Christian beliefs. Generally, students attending Christian universities may apply for the same types of scholarships that organizations offer to students attending secular schools. However, one of the criteria for receiving most scholarships is that the applicant has been accepted by a school that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies. This is usually not a problem since most Christian Universities are accredited. Since Christian universities are private, they tend to be more expensiver than at a public universities.
A student who is planning to attend a Christian university should work diligently to earn good grades while in high school. Some scholarships are merit-based, which means that a student’s academic and extra-curricular records, and standardized test scores must be exceptional. At the local level, he or she will compete for scholarships with students who plan to attend larger, well known schools. For some groups offering scholarships, the student’s choice of a university might be a deciding factor. However, if a student who plans to attend a Christian university is at or near the top of his or her class, he or she will likely receive at least one good scholarship offer.
Christian Universities usually offer a wide range of scholarships since they are affiliated with church groups. Alumni, families, ministers and congregations may donate funds to a Christian university for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to deserving young people. Some churches may cover a major portion of a student’s expenses at a Christian university. Those who earn scholarships must study diligently to maintain a satisfactory grade-point average(GPA) in accordance with the university’s guidelines for scholarship recipients. In many cases where a scholarship does not cover the entire cost of a student’s education, the scholarship may be supplemented with low-interest loans, grants or work-study.
The best way to learn about what scholarship Christian universities offer is to visit the financial-aid page on the website. For example, Liberty University has a web page dedicated to scholarship opportunities. Currently, there is an informative video available on the Liberty website
that explains the various types of financial aid, including scholarships.
If the information on an institution’s website is limited, the financial aid office will welcome inquiries from interested students seeking admission and scholarships to cover the cost education.