The Graduate School Scholarships and Financial Aid
A graduate education is an excellent investment in your future, from which you will gain expanded opportunities, higher earning potential, and the lifelong joy of learning. As part of its mission to graduate true leaders of character and integrity, HCU offers a wealth of scholarships, as well as financial aid, to support your education. Tuition and fees are also comparatively low, which helps to make your graduate experience surprisingly affordable.
Select your program from the list below. These scholarships are available for new incoming degree-seeking graduate students who are enrolling in an on-campus program, unless otherwise specified. Your admissions file must be complete, and your scholarship application(s) must be submitted by the dates below to be considered for scholarships.
Scholarship deadlines *unless otherwise specified
- Priority Spring – October 15th
- Spring – November 1st
- Priority Summer – March 15th
- Summer – April 1st
- Priority Fall – June 15th
- Fall – July 1st
The following scholarships have a deadline of March 1st and only accept applications once a year:
- Guild Scholarship (Online students are eligible)
The following scholarships have a deadline of April 1st and only accept applications once a year:
- William Lane Craig Scholarship (Online students are eligible)
- Hartmann Hall, Riverside, and Bice Scholarships (Online students are eligible)
- Master of Fine Arts: Studio Art Program Scholarship
Graduate Assistantships are scholarships given for one year that range from $2500 – $5000. With an assistantship you will be assigned a staff or faculty mentor and will be expected to assist with academic work such as teaching, grading, research or other duties. Applicants are considered on a rolling basis. To apply send a CV and email of interest to the Dean of The Graduate School, Dr. Jeff Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org An interview and additional information may be requested.
Financial aid, simply defined, is money which helps students pay for their educational costs. Aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, employment opportunities, or a combination of all of these. More than $26 million in such aid is awarded to HCU students annually.
Although the primary responsibility for meeting postsecondary educational expense rests with students and their families, many families have limited resources and are unable to meet these costs. For this reason, several financial aid programs have been established to assist students who can establish need.
To apply for financial aid:
- All Financial Aid Applicants must apply to The HCU Graduate School
- April 1 is the preferred annual deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor. List the HCU school code number 003576 on your FAFSA. Electronic FAFSA filers must either print, sign, and mail the FAFSA signature page to the processor, or acquire a PIN number to sign the application electronically. You may acquire a PIN Number by going to the FAFSA website, and requesting your PIN Number.
- Submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office to complete your aid application. Documents must be received by the Financial Aid Office by April 1 to receive priority funding. The next academic year’s FAFSA may not be completed until January 15 immediately preceding that academic year at the earliest. You will be notified of the documents that are needed to complete your aid application.
Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as funding permits. The amount of the student’s award is based on financial need, and annual limits as specified by program limits. Financial need is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually.
NOTE: Federal financial aid is currently not available for students entering a non-degree program such as a certificate or licensure-only program.