- Up to $10,000 per academic year
- For first-time, full-time, daytime transfer students
- Requires 2.0 GPA from previous coursework
Community College Graduate Scholarship
- $10,000 award (Cannot be combined with other scholarships)
- Requires 2.5 transfer GPA
- Requires application | download
- Renewable with a 2.0 GPA
- Deadline: June 17
- Varying amounts
- Awarded based on head coach's decision
- Renewable based on participation
- Awarded 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.
- For more information, visit Briar Cliff's athletic website.
Art, Music, Theatre Scholarship
- Awards vary
- Requires audition or portfolio
- Renewable based on program guidelines
- Contact Financial Aid Office for more info
Roy G. Carver Charitable Trust Scholarship
- $7,600 (average amount, awards vary)
- Available to Iowa residents who are currently full-time (12-hour) students at participating community college or university, and will be starting the fall semester of their junior year
- Renewable (requires re-application before senior year)
- Apply here
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.
Outside scholarship sources are also available, and students are encouraged to apply for them. New scholarship opportunities are posted every day on the Bishop Mueller Library scholarships page, so check back often!
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, 2014, to be considered.
Maximum amount for 2014-15 school year: $4,110
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 2014-15 school year: $5,645
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
The Federal SEOG program is for students who show exceptional financial need. Students who are Pell Grant eligible and non-residents have highest priority status.
Maximum amount for 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 3.86% for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
Maximum amount for 2014-15 school year: $5,500 (freshman), $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 6.41%. 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) and an entrance counseling session in order to borrow funds through the Direct Loan Program. To complete the MPN, please visit www.studentloans.gov.
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.
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.
Private loans should never be your primary funding source unless you have exhausted all of your other options. For more information, click here.