Types of Financial Assistance
Please note: If a student is interested in attending Christendom, the College will do all that it can to ensure that a Christendom education is affordable for him/her. All students who wished to attend in the Fall of 2014 did so, and were able to afford it. No student rejected Christendom due to financial concerns.
Please apply to Christendom, and apply for financial aid. You will not regret it.
Undergraduate students who establish calculated financial need with the College will qualify for assistance through the College's loan and grant program to meet their tuition costs.
- Loan Program: The amount of a loan offered to a student is based on the student's calculated need established with the College. Loan payments of interest and principal are deferred until one year (the grace year) after the student leaves the College. Students who pay their loan off during the grace year (which for most students is the year after the student graduates) effectively can get an interest free loan. Deferments are also available for graduate school, medical and law school, as well as for those students who begin formation for the priesthood or religious life. Students entering religious orders and who take final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience are eligible for loan forgiveness from the College. Students who pursue missionary or other lay apostolic work also qualify for some deferments.
- Grant Program: Student's with calculated need are offered, in addition to loans above, monies from the College's grant fund to meet tuition costs. This assists students in keeping the burden of loans accumulating over four years to a manageable size. Students who remain enrolled in the College over four years will see their loan to grant ratio decrease in favor of a greater portion of grant monies as they progress toward graduation.
At the undergraduate level, Christendom College offers four-year level Academic Scholarships based on academic merit to first-time freshmen and first-time transfers. Dollar amounts awarded can range from partial to full tuition scholarships. If students receive a better percentage-based scholarship offer from another college, they can ask to have Christendom match it.
Once awarded a Presidential Scholarship, students can keep this scholarship for four years if they maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA at the College. Students are automatically awarded these scholarships upon acceptance as a full-time enrolled student at the College.
Scholarship awards are based on:
- Achievement of a score of 1920 or better on the SAT (all three sections) or a score of 29 or better on the ACT. Christendom superscores the SAT and ACT, and takes the best score a student has when they arrive on campus for the semester (not the best score they have by the time they apply or are accepted). The College recommends taking the tests many times to try and achieve the highest scores possible.
- Submission of high school transcripts which shows substantial achievement and willingness to work and succeed in an academic curriculum.
Types of Academic Scholarship
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Padre Pio Full Tuition Scholarship - $23,200/year (100% scholarship)
Each year, a competition is held to determine the winners of these 2 full-tuition scholarships. Students must have certain academic credentials in order to compete in the competition, and to win, a student must write an essay, apply, and meet with a faculty panel. More information can be found here.
Founder’s Scholarship - $11,130/year (48% scholarship)
Students who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an SAT score between 2300-2400 or an ACT score of 35-36, are awarded the Founder's Scholarship. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
President’s Scholarship - $8,740/year (38% scholarship)
Students who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an SAT score between 2060-2299 or an ACT score of 32-34, are awarded the President's Scholarship. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
Dean’s Scholarship - $6,240/year (27% scholarship)
Students who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an SAT score between 1920-2059 or an ACT score of 29-31, are awarded the Dean's Scholarship. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
Types of Other Scholarship
Crusader Scholarship - $1,000/year
Students whose parents are alumni (one one parent need be an alum of the college) are granted a yearly scholarship. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
St. Therese of Lisieux Scholarship - $5,800/year or $11,600/year
Students who have siblings who will concurrently be attending Christendom with them will receive a 25% off tuition scholarship (if they have one sibling attending), or a 50% off tuition scholarship (if they have more than one sibling attending). This is a renewable scholarship, as long as the other sibling(s) are attending.
Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship
- Two four-year renewable athletic scholarships, in the amount of $4,000 a year, will be awarded each fall semester to two incoming students.
- Students must meet certain criteria and apply for the scholarship.
- More information can be found here.
Other outside scholarships, such as Knights of Columbus or Rotary or the like may also be applied to a Christendom education.
Please note that all scholarships are integrated with any need based financial aid awarded by the College. This means scholarships do assist in meeting calculated need. The amounts listed above were for the 2014-15 academic year. The actual amounts for the 2015-16 year will be announced in February 2015.
For undergraduate students, the College maintains a Student Employment Website (SEW) which lists jobs available each semester at the College. All students may apply for these jobs.
Students are hired on a competitive basis and a student employee can expect to make approximately $1,000 a semester. The College cannot guarantee any student a job, but most students wanting a job do eventually get hired within their first two semesters at the College. Students can gain valuable work experience through the College's student employment program.
Christendom College is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows private Colleges to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of the expense above that rate and VA will match the same amount as the institution. This does make Christendom very affordable for veterans and their dependents under the 9/11 2008 Veteran's Act. If you are Veteran under the Post 9/11 Veterans Act please check at the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.va.gov for more information about how this program can benefit you or your dependents.
These funds are not part of the Title IV Federal Student Aid Program.