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Adult Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID For Adult Learners



The most important thing is that you file your FAFSA. Briar Cliff's school code is 001846. To be eligible for financial aid listed on this page, you must file your FAFSA and be a full-time, daytime adult student (12 credit hours). If you are an online student, visit the online student financial aid page to see your options for assistance.

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Adult Learner Scholarship

AMOUNT: $5,000 (instantly awarded)
REQUIREMENTS: Instantly awarded to adult learners (ages 23 and over) upon acceptance to Briar Cliff University. Requires a minimum high school or college transfer GPA of 2.0
RENEWABLE: Yes (requires 2.0 GPA)

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Continuing Education Scholarship

AMOUNT: $5,000 (Can be combined with other scholarships)
REQUIREMENTS: Must be a high school graduate or G.E.D. recipient prior to 2010. 
RENEWABLE: Yes (requires 2.0 GPA)

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Franciscan Scholarships

AMOUNT: $1,000 or more (awards vary)
REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrate financial need, along with campus, community and service involvement in the Franciscan tradition. Certain applicants must also be a first generation college student, a minority, and international student or a woman experiencing social disadvantage.
INTERVIEW: Not required
DEADLINE: March 23

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BCU Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Briar Cliff recognizes students who have compiled outstanding records of scholastic achievement, displayed exceptional leadership qualities and/or developed remarkable talents. These awards will be given at the discretion of the appropriate department.  The deadline to apply is April 15.

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Other Scholarships

This past year, Briar Cliff University received just over $425,000 in private scholarships awarded by local foundations, community agencies, clubs, social and fraternal organizations, parents’ employers, and others. We encourage you to apply for any extra financial aid you can. New scholarship opportunities are posted every day on the Bishop Mueller Library scholarships page, so check back often!

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Iowa Tuition Grant
The Iowa Tuition Grant is available to qualified Iowa residents who are enrolled in at least three credit hours at a private institution in Iowa. The ITG is based on need, and students must have filed a FAFSA at the federal processors by July 1 to be considered.
Maximum amount for 2015-16 school year: $5,000

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant provides grants to full-time and part-time undergraduate students at any eligible college or university, and the money does not have to be repaid. Apply by completing a FAFSA. The award may vary according to the number of credit hours you are enrolled. You must be enrolled for at least 12 hours per semester to receive a full award.
Maximum amount for 2015-16 school year: $5,775

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
The Federal SEOG program is for students who show exceptional financial need. Students who are Pell Grant eligible have highest priority status.
Maximum amount for 2015-16 school year: $4,000

Federal TEACH Grant
The Federal TEACH Grant is for education majors that will be teaching in a low-income school and in a high need field of study. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students alike. 
Maximum amount for 2015-16 school year: $4,000

Federal Direct Loans*
A Federal Direct Loan is a long-term, fixed rate loan made to students by the U.S. Department of Education. They come in two categories: subsidized and unsubsidized. Typically, every student who files a FAFSA is eligible to borrow a Federal Direct Loan. A student must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) to be eligible to receive one. The student has the option to make interest payments during the in-school period, or to allow the accrued interest to be capitalized (added on) to the principal balance. Interest rate is currently 4.66% for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
Maximum amount for 2015-16 school year: $5,500 (freshmen), $6,500 (sophomores), $7,500 (juniors and seniors)

Federal Direct PLUS Loan*
A Federal Direct PLUS Loan is an excellent option for families who need to borrow beyond the Federal Direct Loan limits. This low-interest loan can be used by parents to borrow on behalf of dependent undergraduates. A credit check is required and performed by the U.S. Department of Education. The interest rate is fixed at 7.21%. Eligibility is limited to the cost of attendance (as determined by Briar Cliff) minus any other financial aid the student is receiving. To apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

*NOTE: To obtain federal loans, students must accept the loan(s) on their financial aid award letter. All first-time borrowers are required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the federal student loan website and an entrance counseling session in order to borrow funds through the Direct Loan Program.

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Work Study

Eligible students can earn extra financial aid with a part-time job on campus. Awards are based on calculated need, as determined by information provided on the FAFSA. Students generally work between 5-10 hours per week to earn work study awards, which range from $500 to $3,000 per academic year.

Every year, Briar Cliff hosts a job fair during the first week of classes. Students may sign up and visit with interested employers at that point in time, or apply any time during the year as opportunities arise. Work study opportunities are posted on BCU's College Central Network

Employment earnings are paid twice each month, directly to the student for hours worked. This aid will not show as credit on the tuition bill, since students are allowed to spend this money any way they see fit.

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Private Loans

Private loans should never be your primary funding source unless you have exhausted all of your other options. More info on private loans → 

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