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FINANCIAL AID For Traditional Undergraduates



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 traditional undergraduate student (12 credit hours). 

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Presidential Scholarship

AMOUNT: Full tuition
REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 26 ACT or 1170 SAT (critical reading and mathematics combined), cumulative GPA of 3.75 (on 4.0 scale) and demonstrated leadership.
INTERVIEW: Required 
RENEWABLE: Yes (recipients must remain full-time students, live on campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA)

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

AMOUNT: Ranges from $5,000 to $16,000 (based on high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores).
INTERVIEW: Not required
RENEWABLE: Yes (must adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards).

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STEM Scholarship

AMOUNT: Up to $6,000
REQUIREMENTS:  Major in biology, environmental science, chemistry or biochemistry; 22 ACT score (minimum 21 on math portion), 3.2 GPA & two letters of recommendation from high school administrator and/or teacher.
INTERVIEW: Recommended
RENEWABLE: Yes (if standards are met)

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Athletic Scholarships

AMOUNT: Based on head coach's decision
REQUIREMENTS: Remain academically eligible in the following sports: Men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, men's football, men's baseball, men's wrestling, women's softball and women's volleyball.
INTERVIEW: Not required
RENEWABLE: Yes (based on participation) 
For more info, visit the BCU athletic website → 

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Fine Arts Scholarships (Art, Music & Theatre)

AMOUNT: Awards vary based on department chairperson's decision
REQUIREMENTS: Audition or portfolio
INTERVIEW: Recommended
RENEWABLE: Yes (based on program guidelines)
For more info, contact the Financial Aid Office →

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Briar Cliff University Grant

AMOUNT: Varies (based on financial need)
REQUIREMENTSFile a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) →
INTERVIEW: Not required
RENEWABLE: Yes (may lose award if living off-campus)

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Connection Scholarship

AMOUNT: Up to $3,000 (based on financial need)
REQUIREMENTS: Either one parent is a BCU graduate, one sibling is currently attending BCU, or you will graduate from a Catholic high school.
INTERVIEW: Not required

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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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Bishop's Scholarship

AMOUNT: Increases annually ($5,000 freshman year, $6,500 sophomore, $8,000 junior, $10,000 senior)
REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 24 ACT or 1090 SAT, cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale), must belong to a parish within Diocese of Sioux City and have the support of your priest.
INTERVIEW: Required (Interviews scheduled for March 9, 2015)
RENEWABLE: Yes (Must maintain 3.00 GPA)

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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, BCU received more than $425,000 in private scholarships awarded by local foundations, community agencies, clubs, social and fraternal organizations, employers and others. New scholarship opportunities are posted every day on the Bishop Mueller Library scholarships page, so check back often!

If you receive a scholarship check from an outside agency, you must submit a notification of outside aid (PDF) to the Office of Student Financial Aid so the funds can be credited to your account.

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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.

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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