Scholarships & Grants
Working hard can really pay off. There are many scholarship and grant opportunities. Take a look. Please contact us for next steps or if you need additional help.
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- Incoming prospective student scholarship application
- Additional Scholarship & Grant Opportunities
- Federal Programs
- Private Loans
- Cleveland College Foundation Scholarships
These are available for first-time CUKC students Scholarship application deadlines are as follows
• Fall (SeptemBER) Term – July 1
• Spring (January) Term – Nov. 1
• Summer (May) Term – March 1
• $5,000 to $15,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship Awards
Academic achievement scholarship awards are competitively disbursed every trimester to first-time Cleveland students. The awards range from a total of $5,000 to $15,000, disbursed evenly throughout the 10-trimester curriculum. Up to four scholarships may be awarded each trimester via the Office of Financial Aid. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.30 is required. Applicants must apply for the award in writing, and recipients of the awards will be notified in writing of their award amount eight weeks prior to the anticipated term of enrollment. Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing each trimester to remain eligible to receive the award.
• $1,800 to $9,000 CUKC A+ Scholarship
The University offers this competitive scholarship to eligible students from the KC Metro area who are applying to the CUKC Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences or the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology program. Requirements include, but are not limited to, having a minimum high school GPA of 3.25, an ACT score of 21 or higher, and an attendance record of 95% for grades 9-12.
• $1,500 Academic Merit Doctor of Chiropractic Scholarships
Two $1,500 scholarships for a first-time, full-time Cleveland student entering trimester one of the chiropractic program with an incoming cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• $1,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
A $1,000 award for a Phi Theta Kappa student with 3.5 GPA or higher, entering the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree program as a full-time student. One PTK Scholarship is awarded for each trimester.
• $1,000 Bachelor of Science Transfer Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for first-time, full-time Cleveland students with a 2.5 GPA or higher, who are transferring to the lower division Bachelor of Science degree program. Applicants must be starting at Cleveland immediately upon completing work at a regionally accredited college or university with no break in enrollment. Two BS Transfer Scholarships are awarded for each trimester.
• $1,000 International Student Doctor of Chiropractic Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for non-US citizens with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Student cannot be eligible for federal financial aid and must be enrolling in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Cleveland on a first-time, full-time basis. One International Student DC Scholarship is awarded for each trimester.
Click here to complete the online scholarship application form if you are an incoming student.
Scholarships available outside of the CUKC network:
Here’s where you may find additional scholarships & grants:
To determine financial aid eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based award for the maximum amount of $6,195 for the 2019-20 award year. This grant is available to first-degree-seeking undergraduate students who show exceptional need. Eligibility is determined by your Student Aid Report.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This grant is for undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need with priority given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. The amount awarded depends on the availability of funds received from the federal government.
Cleveland participates in the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program, which provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Participating students earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study. If you are interested in the Federal Work Study program, please answer "yes" on your FAFSA where it asks if you are interested in student employment.
Work Study positions include teaching assistants, tutors and office assistants.
The amount a student can earn is limited by his/her budget. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
A Direct Loan is either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded based on financial need as determined by your Student Aid Report. The federal government pays the interest on the loan until you begin repayment and during authorized periods of deferment. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of financial need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Repayment on Direct Loans will begin following a six-month grace period. The grace period begins once you graduate, withdraw from the college or attend less than half time. You may postpone repayment of your Direct Loans if you qualify.
Direct PLUS Loan (Parents)
This loan program offers parents of a dependent undergraduate student the option to borrow additional funds to cover educational expenses. The Direct PLUS borrowing limit equals the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received. Requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 7.60 percent.
Direct PLUS Loan (Graduate)
Graduate students are now eligible to borrow under the Direct PLUS Loan Program, up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. Requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 7.60 percent. Applicants for these loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They also must have applied for their annual loan maximum eligibility under the Direct Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized loans) before applying for a Direct PLUS loan.
Click here to access FastChoice for our historical lender list.Private loans are credit-based and are not a part of the federal program. Therefore, they are not eligible for consolidation with federal loans. The amount awarded through these programs depends on the amount of other aid received. The University will award federal funds prior to the private loans. The interest rate and repayment terms are specific to the program and the lender chosen by the borrower.
Thanks to the many generous donations by esteemed alumni and supporters of the University, the Cleveland College Foundation Inc., awards several scholarships to CUKC students each year. If you are a current student ready to apply for Foundation scholarships, find the online scholarship form here.