In short, what your friend says is not true, in fact, it is straight out wrong. But I understand where she may have gone wrong in her understanding.
Christendom does not accept any aid from the federal government, and our students are unable to get federal loans to pay for a Christendom education. In fact, Christendom is the only accredited Catholic college in the US not to participate in Title IV Federal funds. So, sometimes people hear this and think we do not offer any loans.
BUT……we do offer financial aid which comes in the form of loans (which you have to repay someday), Christendom scholarships (free money), and merit-based scholarships (free money). And this money comes from Christendom – due to the generosity of our many faithful donors, rather than from the government and the tax payers. While we accept no direct federal aid, nor participate in indirect programs of federal aid such as the Student Guaranteed Loan, we maintain a robust financial assistance program that mirrors support received through federal aid programs.
We have a strong commitment to providing a comprehensive Financial Aid Program for our students. We offer financial assistance through our need-based aid and merit-based academic scholarships. Need-based aid consists of loans and Christendom scholarships while merit-based scholarships are granted automatically upon acceptance, and are based on your SAT, ACT or CLT score. All students are also able to apply for on-campus student employment, regardless of their financial situation. We currently have approximately 160 on-campus jobs for our students. Each student who has a job works 9 hours a week, making around $8-$10 an hour, and should end up making about $1000+ a semester.
Christendom’s financial aid is given to help defray all or some part of the cost of tuition. Outside private loans are available as well to help Christendom students defray the cost of tuition, room and board, fees, books, and living expenses not covered by our Financial Aid Program.
Students wishing to request need-based financial aid from the College need to fill out the College’s unique Financial Aid Application form (found HERE) and not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. However, if you are completing a FAFSA for other colleges, much of the FAFSA information is easily transferable to Christendom’s Financial Aid Application form.